Breaking News

"Will my legs grow back?"

While lying in his hospital bed, Baker turns to his father and mutters softly, “It hurts, dad. It really hurts.” Just a few days prior to March 21, nine-year-old Baker was playing in the streets with his friends in Mosul when they were hit by a bomb. Baker lost both...

Read more Share

"Today, I'm walking again"

“I was on the bus on my way home from school,” José explains. “I felt a sharp pain in my leg and wanted to get up to run away, but couldn’t.” In 2000, then 18-year-old José lost his right leg in a mine accident in Colombia. During that time, he...

Read more Share

Supporting careers in Mali

Supporting careers in Mali

In April, Jeff Meer, executive director of Handicap International US, travelled to Mali. He met with Kouyate, a father caring for seven children, three of whom live with physical disabilities. In this personal testimony, Jeff describes the difficulties faced by Kouyate and his family and the hope that Handicap International...

Read more Share

Determined to walk again

Determined to walk again

“Are you ready to walk today?” Fatima, a Handicap International physical therapist asks 11-year-old Abdel Hamid while checking the external fixations on his leg. Abdel’s face lights up with a smile. “You think I can?” he asks. Fatima winks at him, points to a pair of crutches she brought especially...

Read more Share

A long time coming

A long time coming

2011 was a year of many milestones–personally and professionally. In May, Patrick proposed and of course, I said yes. After celebrating our engagement, we traveled to Kenya and Ghana, where I had speaking engagements–my first ever in Africa! Shortly thereafter, Patrick made his first trip of many to the...

Read more Share

A one-year-old human shield

A one-year-old human shield

Less than a month ago, one-year-old Ali lived in Mosul, with his brother, sister, and parents. “One day, as we were all sitting at home, armed men came,” Ali’s aunt, Kitba explains. “They gathered us along with some of our neighbors and took us to a school where we were...

Read more Share

Leaving no one behind

Leaving no one behind

One year ago, Handicap International entered a ground-breaking Charter launched by the UN Secretary-General at the World Humanitarian Summit. The Charter on the inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian action generated an historical momentum to engage all stakeholders to commit for disability inclusion. On its first anniversary, we’re...

Read more Share

Food crisis: Reaching the most vulnerable

Food crisis: Reaching the most vulnerable

Across East Africa, hundreds of thousands of people are leaving their homes in search of food and security. With so many people on the move and in need of assistance, Handicap International is concerned that vulnerable people–pregnant women, older people, and people with disabilities–may be forgotten. Handicap International program directors...

Read more Share

Expanding emergency response in Mosul

Expanding emergency response in Mosul

“Almost seven months after the start of the military operation to recapture the city of Mosul, more than 12,000 civilians have been injured in the assault or as they tried to escape the fighting,” explains Maud Bellon, Handicap International’s field coordinator for the Mosul emergency response. “More than half come...

Read more Share

Making friends through rehabilitation

Making friends through rehabilitation

Ahmed’s big sister Jamila pushes his wheelchair toward the rehabilitation center in Jordan's Azraq camp for a physical therapy session. Last year, eight-year-old Ahmed, who has cerebral palsy, along with his five siblings and parents, fled Syria. “We had to leave Ahmed’s wheelchair, and carry him all the way,”...

Read more Share

Making limbs using 3D printing technology

Making limbs using 3D printing technology

In many low-income and middle-income countries, only 5%-15% of people who require assistive devices, including artificial limbs, have access to them. In areas that are remote or dangerous, specialized health professionals can be scarce and materials expensive. Poorly made or unadjusted artificial limbs can make life uncomfortable for patients by...

Read more Share

Saving lives on the road

Saving lives on the road

Every year, about 1.27 million people are killed in road crashes and more than 20 million people are seriously injured worldwide. On Global Road Safety Week, May 8-17, the United General Assembly addresses a key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries: Speed. Speed contributes to around one-third...

Read more Share

Djamila: Standing tall in Thailand

Djamila: Standing tall in Thailand

Finding Djamlia In June 2015, four-year-old Djamila’s life changed. Handicap International teams were searching the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand for people with disabilities who needed help when they heard about her case and tracked her down. Born with spina bifida, with paralysis in her lower limbs, Djamila could...

Read more Share

A brighter future for Freddy

A brighter future for Freddy

"One day, when I was 24 years old, I was with my uncle and we found a long tube,” Freddy explains. “I tapped it with a hammer and it exploded, seriously injuring my hand.” Freddy, along with his wife and daughter lived in the countryside,...

Read more Share

Africa food crisis: A looming disaster

Africa food crisis: A looming disaster

A severe food crisis is advancing across East Africa, Nigeria, and Yemen, with more than 20 million people at risk. Xavier Duvauchelle, Handicap International’s desk officer for the East Africa region, explains the scale of the disaster and how our teams on the ground are responding. What can you tell...

Read more Share

Getting Harith back on his feet

Getting Harith back on his feet

The metal external fixations reaching out from nine-year-old Harith’s leg testify to the severity of his accident. “They began bombing our neighborhood late last year,” explains his father, Younes. “One morning, we tried to flee Mosul by car but a rocket fell on us. My brother died instantly and my...

Read more Share

Colombia: “I picked it up, and it exploded”

Colombia: “I picked it up, and it exploded”

“I didn’t know what it was,” Jemerson explains of the mine he found on the road in May 2015. He was ten, and he and his two cousins were heading to a farm to gather mandarins. “It was an accident. I picked it up with my right hand, then my...

Read more Share

Surviving the Nepal Earthquake: Ramesh's Story

Surviving the Nepal Earthquake: Ramesh's Story

Ramesh Khatri had both of his legs amputated after a building collapsed on top of him during the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Physical therapist Sunil Pokhrel and the rest of the Handicap International rehabilitation team helped him walk again. Two years later and Ramesh is now training at...

Read more 1 reaction Share

Breaking the cycle of malnutrition with physical therapy

Breaking the cycle of malnutrition with physical therapy

At least 820,000 children are at risk of developing severe acute malnutrition this year in South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, and Ethiopia as a result of the food crisis sweeping across regions in Africa. Handicap International is launching new program to help malnourished children. “Simply providing the calories and nutrients is...

Read more Share

Standing taller every day

Standing taller every day

In two districts in Nepal, in one afternoon, two girls’ lives changed when the earth shook. In the Okhaldhunga district, seven-year-old Nirmala became trapped beneath a collapsed wall. While in the Sindhupalchok district, seven-year-old Khendo was buried under the rubble of her house. Once found, the two girls were moved...

Read more Share

Two years after the quake

Two years after the quake

"We felt the earth shake,” Uma recalls of the 2015 Nepal quake. “My brother, Umesh was just in front of me. The stable wall collapsed and I was trapped underneath it. I woke up in hospital, with a strange feeling of loss and in a lot of pain. I was...

Read more Share

Part of a sustainable effort

Part of a sustainable effort

A mutual love of travel and a commitment to service brought Gina Febbraro and Ajay Kapoor together in 2006. Giving to international organizations is one of many values they share, and it’s a critical component of how they are raising their six-year-old daughter, Priya, to be globally conscious. “We’re...

Read more Share

West Africa: Breaking down barriers so kids can attend school

West Africa: Breaking down barriers so kids can attend school

In West Africa, millions of children don’t complete elementary school. Some have never been to school. Handicap International estimates that a third of these children have a disability. Our inclusive education program, which runs in nine West African countries, aims to ensure that all children have the opportunity to learn,...

Read more Add your reaction Share

Iraq: “Handicap International saved my life”

Iraq: “Handicap International saved my life”

“I was waiting for you!” says Adnan, 51, with a smile, as his Handicap International physical therapist Mohammad arrives at his tent in Hasansham camp for Iraqis who fled fighting in Mosul, Iraq. “Handicap International is the only organization that has helped me since I arrived. You’re always welcome in...

Read more Share

Iraq: More than 2,000 explosives destroyed in two months

Iraq: More than 2,000 explosives destroyed in two months

Handicap International began its weapons clearance operations in Iraq in January 2017. Since then, the organization has destroyed more than 2,000 explosive remnants of war in areas affected by heavy fighting. Outside Kirkuk, Iraq, Handicap International weapons clearance experts dressed in blue protective gear inspect a field, under the curious...

Read more Share

Giving a voice to Syrians

Giving a voice to Syrians

In January 2017, French photographer Philippe de Poulpiquet spent two weeks with Handicap International’s teams in Jordan and Lebanon. Every day they went out to visit Syrian refugees, including numerous victims of explosive weapons. This exhibition, supported by ECHO (the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid...

Read more Share

One emergency to another: Nepal to Iraq

One emergency to another: Nepal to Iraq

Pushpak Newar has dedicated a decade of his occupational therapy career to Handicap International. Instrumental in our emergency response to the 2015 Nepal earthquake, he joined colleagues in Iraq in 2016, to coordinate rehabilitation. He recently reflected on the two emergencies: A natural disaster caused Nepal’s emergency,...

Read more Share

Mosul, Iraq: Protecting Civilians Returning to a War Zone

Mosul, Iraq: Protecting Civilians Returning to a War Zone

Heavy fighting in Mosul, Iraq, has driven 430,000 civilians from their homes since last October. More than 90,000 people have since returned to parts of the city retaken by the army. To protect civilians who choose to go home, Handicap International is teaching people about the explosive remnants of war...

Read more Share

South Sudan: providing mobility during a food crisis

South Sudan: providing mobility during a food crisis

In 2013, following intense fighting and fearing for his life, Uguok Ajang Goldit an 80-year-old single man living with scoliosis–a congenital deformity of the spinal column–fled his home in Malakal, South Sudan. Along with thousands of others, he sought refuge at the nearest United Nations base, which has since become...

Read more Share

Ethiopia: Water shortages destabilize region

Ethiopia: Water shortages destabilize region

A major food crisis triggered by drought and conflict is affecting more than 20 million people in East Africa. In Ethiopia, drought is greatly affecting the region, putting nearly 5.6 million people in dire need of aid. Handicap International is working to ensure that vulnerable people in Ethiopia–older people, people...

Read more Share