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Syria: A family escapes conflict

Syria: A family escapes conflict

“We left Syria three years ago because of the bombing,” Haitham explains. “Our home was destroyed and my wife died of her shrapnel wounds. Other members of my family were killed too, and it traumatized the children. We lost everything, but my wife is my greatest loss. She can’t be...

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Iraq: "We had to start from scratch"

Iraq:

Sarmad is holding his infant son, Anas, in his arms. “I’m constantly afraid for him,” he admits. “I’m afraid what happened to me will happen to him. "I was injured when a car packed with explosives plowed into a group," Sarmad explains. "Dozens of local people came to help us...

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Haiti: 700 emergency kits distributed

Haiti: 700 emergency kits distributed

“It’s been three months since Hurricane Matthew and Handicap International continues its work in Haiti despite a number of logistical complications, such as difficulties accessing people living in remote areas,” explains Hélène Robin, head of Handicap International’s emergency response. Despite the difficulties, “Handicap International distributed over 700 emergency kits–each including...

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Haiti: Seven years after the quake

Haiti: Seven years after the quake

On January 12, 2010, an earthquake devastated Haiti, killing 230,000 and injuring more than 300,000. Immediately after the disaster, Handicap International mobilized to provide assistance to the victims. Seven years have passed and we’re still working to ensure that all Haitians–particularly those with disabilities–are not forgotten. "Seven years after the...

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Giving play to Rohingya refugee children

Giving play to Rohingya refugee children

Recent violence in Myanmar has forced an estimated 20,000 Rohingyas–a Muslim minority–to flee into Myanmar. Although this new refugee influx has alarmed the international community, the awful situation of Rohingya refugees is not new at all. The mass outflow from Myanmar to Bangladesh took place in 1991 and 1992, when...

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Iraq: Mine risk education for displaced children

Iraq: Mine risk education for displaced children

For over a year, Handicap International’s teams have been providing displaced children in Iraqi schools with information on the risk of mines and other explosive weapons. More than 100,000 people have taken part in these activities since the launch of our emergency response in Iraq. Handicap International’s teams visit schools...

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Syria: “I hope my baby won’t have to live through this”

Syria: “I hope my baby won’t have to live through this”

From the start of the Syrian crisis, Um Nabeel, 29, dedicated her life to helping the victims of the conflict, but four years ago, everything changed in an instant. “It was in December 2012,” Um Nabeel, a mother of four explains. “I went out to help people injured in a...

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Senegal: Decent work for Boubacar

Senegal: Decent work for Boubacar

Boubacar, 33, had polio as a child and now needs crutches to walk. Originally from Casamance in southern Senegal, Boubacar moved to Dakar after completing his baccalaureate, leaving his mother, six brothers, and sisters behind. After studying public law and receiving a master’s degree in migration rights, he started looking...

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Handicap International celebrates 20 years in Laos

Handicap International celebrates 20 years in Laos

On November 25, Handicap International staff, government ministers, and local authorities in Laos gathered in Chao Anouvong Park, in Vientiane, to celebrate 20 years of action in the country. At the event, Handicap International shared photos, videos, and a performance that highlighted the impact made from 20 years of dedicated...

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Iraq: Rebuilding her life one step at a time

Iraq: Rebuilding her life one step at a time

This morning, Omar, a physical therapist, and Haider, a psychosocial worker, are visiting Widad in Jalawla. Several years ago, this young mother was injured by a car bomb while at the market in Iraq. Her sciatic nerve was damaged and she was immediately taken to the nearest hospital where she...

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Thailand: "When I trip, my friends pick me up"

Thailand:

The first thing you notice about Hae Tar, 9, is the sparkle in her dark, smiling eyes. Whether she’s cooking leaves in a pretend kitchen with her friends or playing outside, her contagious laugh follows wherever she goes, even despite the pain her favorite game of hopscotch brings her. One...

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Jordan: A career driven by a desire to help

Jordan: A career driven by a desire to help

Iba’a is a social worker. She joined Handicap International’s team in Jordan two and a half years ago. Since then, she has worked in each of the three bases in the country. Every day Iba'a provides assistance to Syrian refugees living in urban areas and in refugee camps. This former...

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Syria: Mobility for Firas

Syria: Mobility for Firas

Last July, Firas’s life changed forever. The eight-year-old little boy was at home when his neighborhood was hit by an airstrike. His mother recalls what happened, “I can remember it like it was yesterday. It was a summer day, nearly noon. I heard the sound of an aircraft and I...

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Pakistan: Creating a childhood

Pakistan: Creating a childhood

In Pakistan, more than 1 million people are internally displaced, meaning that many families with children are moving back and forth between their region of origin, IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps and host communities.  “Either the children are on the move or they are staying in camps or communities with...

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Syria: "I want to play with my dolls"

Syria:

As soon as he sees Malake enter the rehabilitation center, a smile spreads across Khanoum’s face. The physical therapist has been helping the little girl recover from her accident for the past several weeks. Injured three years ago, Malake was only recently able to access treatment. “We live in the...

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Iraq: An easier life for Sabah

Iraq: An easier life for Sabah

Handicap International’s mobile team is visiting Sabah in Jalawla. The door is opened by a cheerful little girl holding a rabbit. “His name is Bobby," she says as she pets her rabbit. Resting on the bed donated by Handicap International, her father Sabah greets Handicap International physical therapist Shvan and...

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Quality waged jobs for all

Quality waged jobs for all

People with disabilities often have a difficult time finding salaried employment. Workplaces are usually poorly adapted to working with people with disabilities and oftentimes they are not properly accessible. However, the biggest obstacle facing people with disabilities in the workplace is prejudice. Many employers are convinced that people with disabilities...

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Syria: A new foot for Shua’a

Syria: A new foot for Shua’a

When Noor, Handicap International’s physical therapist in Jordan, appears outside the camp’s caravans, a little girl with a big smile hurriedly hops up to her. Shua’a and her mother waste no time inviting Noor into their home and are both delighted to see her again. Handicap International’s teams have been...

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Mosul: Nearly 100,000 people displaced

Mosul: Nearly 100,000 people displaced

Since the offensive to retake Mosul began two months ago, nearly 100,000 people have fled the fighting. Handicap International is providing physical therapy, psychosocial support, mine risk education, and inclusion initiatives. Maud Bellon, field coordinator for Handicap International’s Mosul emergency response gives a situation update.  How has the humanitarian situation...

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Thailand: Refugee children reinvent playtime

Thailand: Refugee children reinvent playtime

The narrow streets of the commercial section of Mae La Refugee Camp are filled with children. Today, there is no school–for those who go to school, as an education is far from guaranteed in the camps–so the kids are trying to decide how they'll spend their day. Full of expectation,...

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Syria: "I've regained hope and independence"

Syria:

“I was at work that day,” Ali begins. “To start with I heard the sound of helicopters then rockets falling from above. I saw people’s faces change. Everyone seemed to be terrified. We ran to where the rockets had fallen and we started to help the dozens of injured people....

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Syria: A new arm for Worood

Syria: A new arm for Worood

“We were visiting relatives in February of 2013, and Worood was playing with her cousins in the living room,” Em Issa, Worood’s mother explains. “Suddenly we heard the sound of aircraft over the house. We tried to flee, but the cluster bombs had already exploded. “Three children died and everyone...

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Iraq: A brighter future for Tiba

Iraq: A brighter future for Tiba

A few weeks ago, Tiba fled the city of Mosul with her family and took refuge in the Khazer camp for displaced people, not too far from the front lines. Due to a congenital condition, she has difficulty standing and walking. To make Tiba’s life easier and to help her...

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Handicap International ranked #8 in the world

Handicap International ranked #8 in the world

NGO Advisor ranked Handicap International #8 out of 500 of the world’s non-governmental organizations. This is the fifth annual NGO Advisor ranking, which uses transparency, accountability, governance, impact, and innovation to evaluate organizations. "We are so pleased to receive this tremendous recognition," says Jeff Meer, executive director of Handicap International...

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Indonesia earthquake: team assessing needs in worst-affected areas

Indonesia earthquake: team assessing needs in worst-affected areas

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday Dec. 7, 2016. The earthquake flattened more than 200 houses and buildings, including shops and mosques, in the worst-affected districts of Bireuen and Pidie Jaya. At least 97 people have been killed and more than 200 injured. Aceh province has declared...

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Thailand: "I don't want to leave my brother alone"

Thailand:

Twice a week, Saw, 12, takes his little brother Kyan, 4, to the Handicap International rehabilitation center. It’s a 15 minute walk through the refugee camp, along steep and often inaccessible paths, with his brother’s weight heavy on his back. But Saw persists, because the rehabilitation sessions are far too...

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9 to 5

9 to 5

On Dec. 3, we celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This month, we also mark the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At no point in my lifetime have so many people with disabilities had so many opportunities and attention...

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Equal rights for people with disabilities

Equal rights for people with disabilities

On December 13, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Priscille Geiser, Handicap International’s head of the support for the civil society unit, reflects on the history of the Convention and the progress it has instigated for people with disabilities.  Convention in brief...

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Mosul: 75,000 people have fled

Mosul: 75,000 people have fled

Over the last six weeks, more than 75,000 people have fled the fighting in Mosul and the surrounding area. Dozens of Handicap International field staff are providing rehabilitation care and psychosocial support to people–particularly those with disabilities and other vulnerable populations–in the Khazer camp, one of the main displacement areas....

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Shahoud and his team of heroes

Shahoud and his team of heroes

It all started during a risk education session run by Handicap International in northern Syria. Our team was visiting a school within a displaced persons camp when the children told them about one of their friends who lost his right hand just a few months ago. “His name is Shahoud,”...

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