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Shahoud and his team of heroes

Shahoud and his team of heroes

It all started during a risk education session run by Handicap International in northern Syria. Our team was visiting a school within a displaced persons camp when the children told them about one of their friends who lost his right hand just a few months ago. “His name is Shahoud,”...

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Haiti: 54 tons of aid

Haiti: 54 tons of aid

It’s been eight weeks since Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, and tens of thousands of people are still in need of aid. Many are living in makeshift shelters and do not have easy access to healthcare or drinking water. A cholera outbreak continues to pose a threat. Logistical constraints  Flooding in...

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“I want women to know they have rights!"

“I want women to know they have rights!

Christine, 30, lives in West Pokot County, Kenya. A mother of three children, she works in the fields and sells vegetables at the market. Since she was a girl, Christine has seen communities in her region torn apart by violence. “I didn’t have to think twice about becoming a peace...

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Bolivia: Providing rehabilitation care to thousands

Bolivia: Providing rehabilitation care to thousands

“Qualified rehabilitation professionals are in short supply in Bolivia with very few training courses, particularly outside the capital,” explains Narel Gomez, Handicap International’s rehabilitation project manager. “One of our top priorities is to boost the skills of professionals working in the sector and to help people with disabilities become more...

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Thailand: Finding a friend for Julia

Thailand: Finding a friend for Julia

“Julia has no friends," Sue Mite Tar says of her eight-year-old daughter. "Other children don’t like to play with her because she’s too slow." Sue watches her daughter play a fishing game, while chatting with Handicap International staff. "This rehabilitation center is the only place where Julia can play, be...

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“I was so shaken up my heart stopped”

“I was so shaken up my heart stopped”

“It was in 2014, but I remember it like it was yesterday,” Salim, 60, tells Awtar, Handicap International’s psychosocial worker in Iraq. “Our neighbors told us the Islamic State group had arrived in Jalawla and we immediately fled. On our way, my son suffered health complications due to his diabetes....

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Expecting a baby like me

Expecting a baby like me

My family recently welcomed my newborn niece–the most perfect little bundle of joy. As I was celebrating becoming an aunt, an Ob-Gyn reached out to me about one of her patients. In her email, she told me about a woman who was six-months pregnant with her first child (a girl!)....

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Mosul: “The number of displaced people has doubled in the past week”

Mosul: “The number of displaced people has doubled in the past week”

More than 55,000 people have been displaced since the launch of the Mosul offensive in Iraq. Handicap International will start providing assistance to vulnerable people in displacement areas starting next week.  “The number of displaced people has more than doubled over the last week and the needs of people who...

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The Bolivian boy who fell asleep on the train tracks...

The Bolivian boy who fell asleep on the train tracks...

When Ismael was four, he lived with his parents and two older sisters in the city of Oruro–in western Bolivia. Ismael was a cheerful and energetic boy, who loved playing outdoors. One day, when his mother was out of town and his father was busy, Ismael went to the train...

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Mosul: Mounting emergency needs

Mosul: Mounting emergency needs

More than 34,000 displaced people from the towns and villages surrounding Mosul have arrived in Qayyarah, Al Haj Ali, and the Jad’ah and Debaga displaced persons camps. Handicap International is assessing the needs of individuals—with a special emphasis on those with disabilities—and preparing to offer rehabilitation, psychosocial support, and mine...

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