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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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