Handicap International’s priorities in Burkina Faso are to positively impact the lives of disabled and vulnerable people by improving access to key services and promoting greater societal inclusion. The organization has been present in Burkina Faso since 1990 and now employs 37 national staff and three expatriates.
Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world. The most marginalized members of the community, including people with disabilities, frequently live in poverty and have no access to education or healthcare. A recent study showed that 85% of people with disabilities have received no education, 56% are unemployed, with a lack of professional qualifications cited as the main reason, and 43.7% feel socially excluded.
- Inclusive education
- Child abuse prevention
- Promoting peace by supporting women's organizations
Handicap International supports the training of health and functional rehabilitation professionals. The organization provides people living in the Center East (Tenkodogo) region with information on rehabilitation services for people with disabilities and works with the ministry to ensure functional rehabilitation is taken into account in national health policies. Over 120 nurses and health staff, 8 rehabilitation assistants, and one orthopedic-fitting assistant were trained as a result of this project.
Through a regional West Africa project, Handicap International works to mainstream children with disabilities into public schools, provide training for teachers and other stakeholders within the education sector, and raise awareness about the importance of including children with disabilities in all aspects of society. As a result, over 3,900 children with disabilities have gained access to long term quality education and special support and 530 teachers have been trained to meet their needs.
Child Abuse Prevention
In partnership with Terre des Hommes, Handicap International's "Struggle Project" reduces child abuse by strengthening protection systems at the national and local levels. This project uses a participatory approach involving children, communities, and state services to develop a chain of actors that work together in local networks of protection.
Promoting Peace By Supporting Women's Organizations
Handicap International works to reduce inter- and intra-community conflict by supporting women's organizations engaged in inclusive peace and social-cohesion initiatives in the provinces of Séno and Oudalan. The projects undertaken by these organizations include both economic activities, such as fostering gardens for growing vegetables, and cultural activities, such as street theater performances. One of the objectives of this work is to ease tensions between Malian refugees and local host communities.