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Handicap: a label that hurt

Handicap: a label that hurt

The word “handicap” really offended me as a child. I remember the first time the word hurt me. I was in fourth grade, on the playground with my friends. A fifth-grade bully put his arms in his shirt and said, “Jessica, look at me! I’m just like you. I’m handicapped!”...

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New year, new name!

Big news! On January 24th, Handicap International will unveil a new, values-driven name and logo that better reflect the essential programs our donors support. Save the date for next Wednesday and visit us then. We cannot wait to share our new name with you, and...

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“My brother will be able to go to school now”

“My brother will be able to go to school now”

“The day he was born, the doctors told us he’d been starved of oxygen during birth and some of his motor functions had been affected,” Ali’s older sister, Reham explains of her four-year-old brother who has cerebral palsy. “Then and there I decided I would do everything I could to...

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Leading a team of mine clearance experts

Leading a team of mine clearance experts

Johana, 25, has been clearing mine-contaminated land in Colombia for four years. With a look of self-assurance, she coordinates a team of six HI mine clearance experts, some of whom are twenty years older than she. She shares about her work:

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HI attends meeting of State Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty

HI attends meeting of State Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty

This week, (Dec. 18-22) HI is attending the 16th Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty in Vienna. Each year, the 162 States that have signed and ratified the Treaty meet and report on their progress toward its implementation, including in the areas of mine clearance and stockpile...

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“Within seconds, my life was torn apart”

 “Within seconds, my life was torn apart”

“On August 17, 2012, I was cooking and the TV was on. I was six-months pregnant and was in the process of putting my five-year-old son to bed when I heard a noise. It all happened so quickly. There was an explosion. A loud bang. Then silence. I wanted to...

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Making inclusion Fair ‘n Square in Mozambique

Making inclusion Fair ‘n Square in Mozambique

In 2015, HI and UNICEF launched the latest version of the Fair ‘n Square website which features the testimonies from six children with disabilities who have benefited from HI’s support. The website looks at the ways in which children and adults with disabilities in Mozambique are discriminated against on...

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The WHO and HI draw attention to the needs of people inside Syria living with injuries and disabilities

The WHO and HI draw attention to the needs of people inside Syria living with injuries and disabilities

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Handicap International (HI) call attention to the needs of an estimated 3 million people in the Syrian Arab Republic living with injuries and disabilities, and call on the international community to scale up its support for their rehabilitation and reintegration into society. An estimated...

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Up for the challenge

Up for the challenge

This story was originally featured in our April 2017 edition of The Next Step. Aderito Ismael, HI's head of demining operations in Colombia and former head of demining in Mozambique shares about our operations in Colombia: Colombia is mountainous. Demining here is complicated. In rural areas, many routes are...

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“HI has given us reason to carry on”

“HI has given us reason to carry on”

“We left our country when the conflict began,” Hiyam tell HI’s team in Lebanon about fleeing the violence in Syria. “We didn’t want our sons and daughter to grow up with the war. When we arrived in Lebanon, we thought we’d be safe. Then one day, on my husband Talal’s...

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Pink Martini, toilets, and children like me

Pink Martini, toilets, and children like me

This is my first International Day of Persons with Disabilities since getting home from a five-month mission in Beirut, Lebanon, where I helped eight other NGOs make their water points, toilets, and hygiene facilities more inclusive for people with disabilities, older people, and the vulnerable. As a woman who is...

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Life as a Rohingya refugee with a disability

Life as a Rohingya refugee with a disability

Earlier this year, 17-year-old Abu Sadeq and 600,000 other Rohingya fled Myanmar in hopes of finding food, shelter, and a safe place to stay. Abu and ten members of his family made it to the Unichipalong camp in Bangladesh, but not without injury. He tells his story: Read more -->

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Yemen: Escalating humanitarian crisis

Yemen: Escalating humanitarian crisis

More than 5,000 civilians have been killed and 9,000 injured in the conflict in Yemen over the last three years. More than 70% of the population–21 million Yemenis–need emergency aid and to make matters worse, on November 6, a blockade was imposed, preventing the entry of food, medical supplies,...

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African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

What does this conference aim to achieve? The goal of this conference is to raise awareness of the use of explosive weapons and the devastating humanitarian impact this has on local populations, and to share key information on this issue. HI hopes that these discussions will lead to the emergence...

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HI completes mine clearance operations in Senegal

HI completes mine clearance operations in Senegal

Launched in 2011, the six-year mine action project in Casamance, has freed more than 160,000 sq.m of land – equivalent to 26 football fields! The threat from mines and explosive remnants of war–the legacy of a pro-independence conflict in the region in the 1980s and 1990s–has now been lifted for...

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Psychological support for Rohingya refugees

Psychological support for Rohingya refugees

Once a week, Ayesha can talk with other women in the same situation as her. The parents’ club allows her to share her stress, sadness, and her feelings of isolation. “I don’t have any dreams now,” Ayesha says. “I just want to survive and to take care of my children....

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Work for all

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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