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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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Zeidan’s first ever physical therapy session

Zeidan’s first ever physical therapy session

“The city was under constant attack and I wanted to take my children to safety,” explains Husein. “We walked out in the middle of the night so that no one would see us. I held my mother’s hand, because she has problems walking, while carrying Zeidan on my back. We...

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Deadly floods strike Sri Lanka

Deadly floods strike Sri Lanka

Torrential downpours and flash floods in southwest Sri Lanka over the weekend claimed at least 169 lives. More than half a million people are affected, and 75,000 people have lost their homes and possessions. Handicap International’s emergency response experts and the local team in Sri Lanka are evaluating ways to...

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"Will my legs grow back?"

While lying in his hospital bed, Baker turns to his father and mutters softly, “It hurts, dad. It really hurts.” Just a few days prior to March 21, nine-year-old Baker was playing in the streets with his friends in Mosul when they were hit by a bomb. Baker lost both...

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"Today, I'm walking again"

“I was on the bus on my way home from school,” José explains. “I felt a sharp pain in my leg and wanted to get up to run away, but couldn’t.” In 2000, then 18-year-old José lost his right leg in a mine accident in Colombia. During that time, he...

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Supporting caregivers in Mali

Supporting caregivers in Mali

In April, Jeff Meer, executive director of Handicap International US, travelled to Mali. He met with Kouyate, a father caring for seven children, three of whom live with physical disabilities. In this personal testimony, Jeff describes the difficulties faced by Kouyate and his family and the hope that Handicap International...

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Determined to walk again

Determined to walk again

“Are you ready to walk today?” Fatima, a Handicap International physical therapist asks 11-year-old Abdel Hamid while checking the external fixations on his leg. Abdel’s face lights up with a smile. “You think I can?” he asks. Fatima winks at him, points to a pair of crutches she brought especially...

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A long time coming

A long time coming

2011 was a year of many milestones–personally and professionally. In May, Patrick proposed and of course, I said yes. After celebrating our engagement, we traveled to Kenya and Ghana, where I had speaking engagements–my first ever in Africa! Shortly thereafter, Patrick made his first trip of many to the...

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A one-year-old human shield

A one-year-old human shield

Less than a month ago, one-year-old Ali lived in Mosul, with his brother, sister, and parents. “One day, as we were all sitting at home, armed men came,” Ali’s aunt, Kitba explains. “They gathered us along with some of our neighbors and took us to a school where we were...

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Leaving no one behind

Leaving no one behind

One year ago, Handicap International entered a ground-breaking Charter launched by the UN Secretary-General at the World Humanitarian Summit. The Charter on the inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian action generated an historical momentum to engage all stakeholders to commit for disability inclusion. On its first anniversary, we’re...

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