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Learning skills for employment in Bolivia

Learning skills for employment in Bolivia

Rubén Ignacio has been trained in the production of shoes. He thinks that the training he had provides a way to find shoes in his size since there are currently none on the...

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Rebuilding her life one therapy session at a time

Rebuilding her life one therapy session at a time

Today, Samra, 39, is making her way to Handicap International’s rehabilitation center for a group activity. She walks slowly along the camp tracks before finally reaching the organization’s caravan, where she joins a dozen other Syrian women, all roughly the same age as her. Handicap International staffer Bashayer, who is...

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Mobility for Mawada

Mobility for Mawada

Nader is holding a big package as he approaches a family’s tent in Khazer camp, Iraq, home to tens of thousands displaced Iraqis from Mosul. This is the second time that the Handicap International physical therapist has visited the family, which includes six-year-old Mawada, who has cerebral palsy. “When I...

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200 Feet off the ground

200 Feet off the ground

Throughout elementary school, I was often told to slow down while running on the playground. Teachers didn’t want me to go down the slide or jump off the high dive. I’ve always had an adventurous personality, so being told “no” simply fueled me to try new and exhilarating things.  ...

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“Just as you escape, they get you”

“Just as you escape, they get you”

On February 27, 2017, bombing reached into a new neighborhood in Mosul, closer to a growing family. Warda and her husband Ahmad recognized the danger, scooping up their daughter and fleeing with their relatives. “When we were just a few feet from the edge of the city, a man blew...

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Determined to stand tall

Determined to stand tall

“I’m a shepherd,” Hameed says. “Never in my life did I imagine losing a leg.” On a quiet day in April, Hameed was putting his herd into the field to graze when he came across a petrol can on the road. “I wanted to push it to the roadside, but...

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Advocating for Disability Rights in Nepal

Advocating for Disability Rights in Nepal

This story originally appeared in June 2013. When Shudarson Subedi was studying law, he discovered a free education provision in Nepal’s laws—all people with disabilities would be offered the chance...

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New hope for a new mom

New hope for a new mom

“I hope she doesn’t remember it,” Widad says of her six-month-old daughter while speaking to our teams about her accident in April. “She’s my only child. My husband and I tried for children for six years before she was born. I don’t know if I will be able to have...

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Supporting his daughter's recovery

Supporting his daughter's recovery

“On April 20, fighters came to get us and used us as human shields,” Sarah’s father explains. “Sarah and I were taken to a room in what looked like a deserted house. Suddenly there was a big explosion. I didn’t know whether it came from a tank or aircraft. All...

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Standing tall in Haiti

Standing tall in Haiti

In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, affecting thousands of people. Present in the country since 2010, Handicap International was able to launch immediate response by providing support to vulnerable people such as pregnant woman, older individuals, and people with disabilities. As part of our emergency response, our teams...

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