Mission and History of Humana Estonia
Association Humana Estonia is an independent Estonian association established in 2000. The associations activity is raising funds for humanitarian purposes by recycling of second hand clothes. The clothes are sorted, packed and sold through wholesale and associations second hand shops.
Association Humana Estonia is a member organisation of the Federation for National Associations connected to the International HUMANA People to People Movement.
Partnership is carried out also with a registered Finnish humanitarian NGO, UFF Finland (U-landshjälp från Folk till Folk i Finland rf) (founding partner) since 2000, Public Institution Humana Baltic (Lithuania, founding partner) since 2000, UFF Norway since 2001, Humana Sweden since 2000, Humana Germany since 2004, in the field of recycling of second hand clothes.
Association Humana Estonia is a partner organization with development cooperation organizations ADPP Angola (Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo Angola), ADPP Mozambique (Ajude Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo Mocambique), and DAPP Malawi (Development Aid from People to People in Malawi). The main goal for the partneships is to promote humanitarian development among the least resourced people in Angola, Mozambique, and Malawi. In 2004 after being etableted and become financially stable, the Association Humana Estonia has started sending donation contributions for the benefit of the development cooperation ran by the partner organizations.
Since 2006 educational and health projects are supported in Estonia. In 2007 there is fund for six project to be financed. Humana Estonia also donates clothes to local NGOs. For the second year the fundraising campaign is going on in Humanas shops in Estonia to collect money for Tallinn’s Children Hospital.
The association has 23 retail clothes shops located in biggest cities of Estonia: Tallinn (13 shops), Tartu (2) and Pärnu (2), Valga, Viljandi, Kohtla-Järve, Kuressaare, Haapsalu and Narva Sorting Centre and wholesale are located in Tallinn. In Humanas retail shops are donation boxes, where our customers can bring their old clothes. In 2013 year people has donated 312 tons of clothes in our shops. This shows that Estonian population both thinks about environment and about those who are in need. In 15 years Estonia is became from being the one in need to the one who donates.