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Philippines emergency response continues

From February 20, a Handicap International team will begin supplying aid to highly vulnerable individuals, including people with disabilities, along with the inhabitants of isolated areas. The first distributions of essential supplies (emergency shelter kits, hygiene kits and protection kits) were made at the beginning of January, following Handicap International's...

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Philippines: Washi storm update

Tropical cyclones are not common in this area. Overnight, almost a thousand people were killed. According to the United Nations, more than 50,000 houses were damaged and livelihoods of some 1.1 million people were affected. One month on, 26,000 survivors remain in largely overcrowded evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro...

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New homes for Haiti

Bedlais began working with Handicap International in March 2011, charged with identifying the areas in Haiti that were the most vulnerable, especially where other NGOs were not already working. Initially, we gave him a driver and asked him to begin identifying areas for our work. He was very pleased...

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Denièse Gains Independence

Denièse currently lives in a Handicap International shelter with her five-year-old son, Vincent, her uncle, and her godparent. She was never offered rehabilitation services until after the earthquake, when she met a mobile team from Handicap International's Disability and Vulnerable Focal Points...

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Haiti: Two years later

Handicap International, present in Haiti since 2008, was able to respond to the disaster immediately, and the organization remains committed to ensuring that people with disabilities and other vulnerable individuals have access to the services they need. Handicap International is going to continue working in the country beyond the...

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Terry is Starting Anew

Prior to her stroke, Lola Terry worked for the city government of Cagayan de Oro as radio operator, but was forced to retire in 2008 due to her health issues. [Lola means 'Grandmother' in Filipino.] She was granted $184 as a retirement benefit but the money, which was spent on...

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Bringing relief to the Philippines

Handicap International teams present on site are responding to the emergency. “No one was expecting this,” explained Catherine Vasseur, head of Handicap International's operations in the country. “Tropical storms are common in the country, but the places hit this time – Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City – are not...

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Philippines: Response to deadly typhoon

Cagavan is a harbor in the north of Mindanao Island, which was severely hit by the floods caused by Typhoon Washi. On Friday, Dec. 16, the typhoon hit the south of the Philippines, killing at least 800 people and forcing more than 100,000 to flee their homes. Public authorities, international organizations and NGOs are working...

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Weapons and mine dangers persist

He has also witnessed first-hand the damage that landmines and other types of unexploded ordnance have done to the country. The association is working to increase the population's awareness of the risks these weapons, in addition to small arms and light weapons, pose. Here is his recent update on the work being...

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Slideshow: Cambodian Beneficiaries

This compilation of photographs and testimonies tells the stories of these remarkable individuals, all landmine victims.

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