CICD is one of 5 schools in the DRH movement. We have joined hands to constantly improve our programmes and continue to offer opportunities for people to take active part in creating development and fighting shoulder to shoulder with The Poor. There is 1 schools in Denmark, 1 in Norway, 1 in England, 1 in the USA and 1 in the Caribbean.
DRH is an abbreviation of Danish for the Travelling Folk High School. The first one saw the light of day in Denmark, the homeland of the famous folk high school tradition. The school was started by a group of 8 teachers, who had been travelling around the world throughout the sixties.
It started on a small scale - like bringing vitamin tablets to the children in a village in India or stuffing all the warm overcoats that could fit into the trunk of the bus to bring to poor people in Eastern Turkey where the winter could take temperatures down below -40 degrees. It was packing agricultural seeds, donated by the local supermarket, in the rucksack and bringing them to farmers in rural Bolivia. All initiatives came spontaneously from meeting people in need and knowing that you yourself had so much and had the possibility to get hold of more.
In 1977, what today is the International Humana People to People Movement was founded by some of the teachers from the Travelling Folk High School in order to create a practical instrument for fighting against the conditions of poverty, disease and distress and working to implement a better way for people to live on the planet in the future.
The Travelling Folk High School formed a co-operation with Humana People to People, and since 1980 the schools have been engaged in development work around the world. In co-operation the schools and Humana People to People offer a possibility for everybody to take part in development projects in Africa, Asia or Central America. Over the past 30 years thousands of people of all ages and nationalities have taken this opportunity.
From a humble beginning Humana People to People has now developed into a global organisation. It consists of 43 country associations running a total of 860 projects and reaching more than 14 million people. The projects aim to build people's capacity and skills in being able, through their own efforts, to create a better living.
Development is a phenomenon of many faces and many places. It cannot be patented and there is no recipe. Each Development Instructor must generate the courage to take an active part in finding answers and in joining the fight together with The Poor in the slums of the cities and in the villages in the rural areas where it happens. In the world of reality.