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Work for all

Nearly 8,000 miles away from home, in the middle of a rice paddy outside of Roxas City, Philippines, I met April Joy, 24, who has physical and intellectual disabilities. Following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, the team at Handicap International got to know April. They could see that she had untapped skills...

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12 days into the blockade – We are running out of Fuel, Food and Medicines

12 days into the blockade – We are running out of Fuel, Food and Medicines

12 days since land, air and seaports in Yemen were closed, aid agencies are appalled by the complacency and indifference of the international community regarding the historic humanitarian disaster now unfolding.  Aid agencies are gravely concerned about a new outbreak of cholera and other water borne diseases....

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Dreams of becoming a teacher

Dreams of becoming a teacher

“In Myanmar, we used to have a good life,” Sanda Aung explains. “We had a nice house, we had cattle and both of my parents were well educated. Everything changed the day our village was attacked.”  Today, Sanda Aung lives with her parents and her nine brothers and...

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Securing a good future for Fayez

Securing a good future for Fayez

Earlier this year, three-year-old Fayez and his family fled Syria and are now living in Lebanon. For Fayez and his family, the road to Ghazze, the refugee camp where they are living has been a long one. Caught in several attacks, they’ve been displaced a number of times since the...

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A new independence for Firial

A new independence for Firial

“Firial’s story is very inspiring,” Hamzeh, an HI staff member says of a three-year-old little girl in Jordan. “I’ve rarely seen a girl who loves doing her physical therapy exercises so much and who has progressed this fast. It really encourages us to continue doing what we’re doing.” Firial was...

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Asia visit pushes for greater access to decent jobs

Asia visit pushes for greater access to decent jobs

This story was originally featured in the Nov 2017 edition of The Next Step. HI Goodwill Ambassador Jessica Cox raised awareness about the importance of people with disabilities accessing decent, waged employment through visits to HI inclusion projects in Nepal and the Philippines in September. In Kathmandu, Nepal, Jessica...

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“Rohingya refugees live in inhumane conditions”

“Rohingya refugees live in inhumane conditions”

After more than a week in the field, what can you share about the humanitarian crisis facing the Rohingya? I visited Kutupalong camp, the main refugee camp, where more than 400,000 people who have fled Myanmar live. The number of people in this camp is hard to...

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INGO Joint statement on closure of air, sea and land ports

INGO Joint statement on closure of air, sea and land ports

Eighteen humanitarian agencies expressed serious concern today over the Saudi Arabia-led Coalition’s decision to temporarily close all entry points to Yemen, effectively sealing the country off. The agencies demand that humanitarian operations are allowed to resume immediately and request clarity on the planned duration of the current closure and contingencies...

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3-year-old Hamad regains mobility

3-year-old Hamad regains mobility

“I was heating water to wash my children,” Hamad’s mother Nada tells our team in Jordan. “Hamad was still very young and he wasn’t watching where he was going. He tripped and tipped the pan of boiling water over himself. I heard him scream and immediately ran to him.” Nada...

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Civilians in the line of fire: The Syria INGO Regional Forum warns against a false sense of safety in Syria

Thousands of Syrians are still being killed, wounded, displaced, and besieged every day as the war rages on and help is not reaching people in need, the Syria INGO Regional Forum (SIRF) said today. The Forum warns against a narrative that violence is reducing in the wake of recent political...

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New HI White Paper: Good for Business

New HI White Paper: Good for Business

Good for Business: Promoting Partnerships to Employ People with Disabilities offers six steps for companies to follow to ensure they're ready to welcome more colleagues with disability. Written in conjunction with Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD), the paper explains how partnerships between businesses and NGOs are becoming more frequent as...

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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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Rohingya refugees: Providing emergency aid

Rohingya refugees: Providing emergency aid

“A very large proportion of these refugees are women and children,” explains Gilles Nouziès, Handicap International’s Asia Desk manager. “They live in appalling conditions. They had to flee their villages in minutes, leaving everything behind them, and under terrifying circumstances. Some have injuries and most are exhausted. When they arrive...

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Rohingya emergency: “Appalling… inhuman living conditions”

Rohingya emergency: “Appalling… inhuman living conditions”

Distinguished guests, colleagues.  The crisis we are now facing is unprecedented.  Handicap International has been providing support to Rohingyas refugees in Bangladesh since 2007 in Cox Bazar, directly in camps and informal makeshift camps. While the situation was already harsh, new people arriving in Bangladesh are desperate, exhausted by days...

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Raqqa: “The humanitarian situation is critical and the risks enormous”

Raqqa: “The humanitarian situation is critical and the risks enormous”

On October 17, the city of Raqqa, in Syria, was recaptured by military forces. Five months of fighting have caused a high number of civilian casualties and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. An alarming situation “Once again, civilians are the first victims of the conflict," explains Florence Daunis, Director...

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Rohingya crisis: Expanding our emergency response

Rohingya crisis: Expanding our emergency response

More than 500,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since the end of August from neighboring Myanmar. Handicap International is stepping up its humanitarian aid effort in response to this crisis, which is unprecedented in the region. Since August 25, the organization has already supplied humanitarian assistance to 15,000 people. Nearly...

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Helping Omar stand tall

Helping Omar stand tall

When their home in the west of Mosul was hit by a bomb two months ago, Omar and his family lost everything they owned. “We were all together and my children were playing with their cousins in the living room,” explains Omar’s father, Haitham. “I remember the sound and force...

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Everywhere the bombing followed us

Everywhere the bombing followed us

When the bombs started falling near 31-year-old Ranim’s home in Syria, she drove her four children to her parents’ home, a few hours away. Her husband stayed behind to get their belongings in order. Ranim and her husband thought her parents' town would be safer. But the bombings followed them....

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Bangladesh: Keeping an eye on Zibon

Bangladesh: Keeping an eye on Zibon

“I lie alone under this tent all day long,” she says, “My whole body is in pain and we are hungry all of the time. My daughter is trying to care for me but she has to look after the rest of the family. She has to leave me here...

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Hurricane Matthew: One year later

Hurricane Matthew: One year later

Rapid Response With support from people all over the world, as well as key funding bodies, such as USAID, Handicap International sprang into action. Teams provided 1,000 emergency kits, packed with tools to rebuild homes, as well as household items such as solar-powered lamps,...

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"We desperately need food"

More than 500,000 Rohingyas have crossed the Myanmar border and taken refuge in Bangladesh. New arrivals are seeking food and drinking water, access to health care, among other vital needs. Among them are Monowara and her family who have sought safety in a makeshift camp in Bangladesh. Read more -->

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Yetnebersh Nigussie receives 2017 'Alternative Nobel Prize'

Yetnebersh Nigussie receives 2017 'Alternative Nobel Prize'

Yetnebersh Nigussie grew up in rural Ethiopia. She became blind at the age of five following a preventable illness. Encouraged to complete her education, she is now a lawyer, campaigner, and Senior Inclusion Advisor at Light for the World. Her story is testament to the importance of...

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Stop Bombing Civilians

Stop Bombing Civilians

The problem Imagine a bustling neighborhood filled with children playing, surrounded by markets, schools, hospitals, and factories. Now imagine that same thriving neighborhood, except with bombed-out homes and buildings, scattered across a war zone. It's startling to envision, but it's the reality when wide-area explosives are used in...

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A brighter future for Fetyan

A brighter future for Fetyan

Eleven-year-old Fetyan was out buying ice-cream with his cousin when he was caught in the middle of a terrorist attack. “It happened on June 23 at precisely 9:30pm,” Mohammad says of the day his son was injured in Mosul. “First, two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the street. Fetyan,...

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Expanding response in aid of Rohingyas

Expanding response in aid of Rohingyas

Since the end of August, nearly 400,000 Rohingyas have crossed the Myanmar border and taken refuge in Bangladesh. Joining the estimated 300,000 to 500,000 Rohingyas present in the country, the new arrivals need food and drinking water, access to sanitary facilities, health care, rehabilitation sessions, and other accommodations. Handicap International...

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The Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty turns 20

The Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty turns 20

Navea, 18, lost her leg after stepping on a landmine in Cambodia.  The Ottawa Treaty was adopted on September 18, 1997 on the initiative of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) of which Handicap International is a founding member. The Treaty bans the use, production,...

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Neymar Jr. says it’s time to “STOP”

Neymar Jr. says it’s time to “STOP”

On Sept. 16, Neymar Jr. told his 81 million Instagram followers that he stands with our Stop Bombing Civilians campaign. The soccer start wrote “STOP” on his hand, then posted a selfie on Instagram. In Sao Paulo, Brazil, children benefiting from his foundation, Instituto Neymar Jr., added...

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Bombing in urban areas

Bombing in urban areas

Indiscriminate bombing destroys homes, schools, shops, playgrounds, hospitals, and factories. In the Iraqi city of Mosul, the target of intensive bombing between October 2016 and July 2017, of the buildings that were affected, 80% were residential. During that time, bombings damaged or destroyed more than 8,500 homes. Survivors have little...

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Neymar Jr: your chance to win a signed soccer ball!!

Visit this post on HI France’s Instagram account, and write “#NeymarForHI” in the comments for your chance to win *** a signed soccer ball by Neymar Jr.!!!! ***   Here are the rules.

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Haiti: Preparing for a logistics challenge

Haiti: Preparing for a logistics challenge

The town of Cap Haïtien, the largest population center in the north of the island, is home to more than 300,000 people, many of whom live in shanty towns. “Most homes are poorly built, and some are made from corrugated iron, wood, and mud, so Irma is likely to leave...

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