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Volcano Erupts near HI’s Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Office

Volcano Erupts near HI’s Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Office

On the evening of February 13, Mount Kelud, one of nearly 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, erupted, blasting a plume of volcanic ash and debris 12 miles into the air. The intensity of the volcanic material destroyed hundreds of homes in a four-mile radius of the volcano. Officials evacuated about...

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Struggle Continues for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

Struggle Continues for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

Hannah Mae is 11 years old, but weighs just 20 lbs. She has cerebral palsy and, since her house was damaged by Typhoon Haiyan, she and her family now struggle to get by. Suffering from acute pneumonia, she is one of the vulnerable Filipinos that Handicap International is...

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Jordan: Turning a Father’s Despair to Hope

Jordan: Turning a Father’s Despair to Hope

Mahmoud was attentively watching the news, as he did every day since leaving Syria for work. Since the war began, he, like other Syrians living outside the country, was desperate for any information about the people and places he had left behind. His mother, wife, and six children were still...

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Demining Dogs Go to Work in DR Congo

Demining Dogs Go to Work in DR Congo

Present in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for almost 20 years, Handicap International recently began a new demining initiative in the country’s Orientale and Maniema provinces. These provinces are heavily contaminated by mines and other explosive remnants—the legacy of decades of war. The first anti-personnel mines were laid in 1960,...

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South Sudan: Conditions Deteriorating

South Sudan: Conditions Deteriorating

The head of Handicap International’s emergency mission in South Sudan, Céline Lefebvre, is leading a team of in one of the camps on the outskirts of the South Sudan capital of Juba to cater for the needs of the most vulnerable individuals. Thousands of families are living in extremely crowded conditions,...

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Psychology in the Haitian Kitchen

Psychology in the Haitian Kitchen

The community center in Sant Kore Lavi, Carrefour, a densely-populated area of Port-au-Prince, is already a hive of activity by 9 am on Monday. In a small courtyard in front of the building, disabled women are learning to sew, while inside, people with disabilities—men, women, and children of all ages—wait...

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Haitian Amputee Now Makes Prostheses for Others

Haitian Amputee Now Makes Prostheses for Others

“There were 25 of us in the classroom,” says James Medina, remembering the moment the earth began to shake on January 12, 2010. As the university building collapsed around him, 19 of his classmates died, along with more than 1,000 other young people. “I spent the whole day under the...

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South Sudan Emergency Response

South Sudan Emergency Response

A team of five from Handicap International’s headquarters in Lyon, France, will arrive in South Sudan this weekend to begin responding to the crisis currently enveloping the country. In the last few weeks, nearly 200,000 people have fled their homes to escape violent clashes between armed groups. In this, one...

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A Fresh Start for John After Haiyan

A Fresh Start for John After Haiyan

John used to live with his parents in a house close to the beach in Tacloban. But the wind, and above all the water that came with Typhoon Haiyan, destroyed everything. One of their neighbors was washed away by the waves—never to be found. The whole family is traumatized. “We’ve...

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Domingo's Drive

Domingo's Drive

When the Typhoon hit Tacloban, Domingo Ursabia’s nine grandchildren found shelter at school. The rest of the family sheltered at home. When the house started to collapse, they fled to the day care center, but that building began to collapse too. Finally, they found shelter in...

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