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About us

Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is an independent charity working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work tirelessly alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their basic needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Fymee learning to walk again on her new artificial leg, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Fymee learning to walk again on her new artificial leg, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. | © William Daniels/HI

Since HI was founded in 1982, our work has benefitted several million people in more than 60 countries.

"Our determination to help the most vulnerable groups, including in extreme situations, has proven its worth. We have earned the legitimacy we need to combat certain now-illegal weapons – landmines and cluster munitions. This same determination drives our teams today and motivates their tireless efforts in around 60 countries."
Jean-Baptiste Richardier, co-founder of Humanity & Inclusion (HI)

Our mission

Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is an independent charity working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work tirelessly alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their basic needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Our vision

Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.

Our values

Humanity
Our work is based on the value of humanity. We include everyone without exception and champion each individual’s right to dignity. Respect, kindness, and humility guide our work.

Inclusion
We advocate inclusion and participation for everyone, upholding diversity, fairness, and individual choices. We value difference.

Commitment
We are resolute and bold in our commitment to developing tailored, pragmatic, and innovative solutions. We take action and rally those around us to fight injustice.

Integrity
We work in an independent, professional, selfless, and transparent manner.

HI's work has benefitted millions of people around the world.

 

International strategy

HI's mission and activities are underpinned by a multi-annual strategy, principles of intervention, and a clearly-defined scope of activity.

We work in countries around the world running hundreds of projects in emergency, chronic crisis, reconstruction and development settings. The beneficiaries of our projects are people with disabilities and a broad range of other vulnerable groups.

HI's ten-year international strategy has 3 priority actions:

  • Inclusion of people with disabilities and vulnerable populations.
  • Inclusive emergency responses adapted to the needs of the population.
  • Reducing the impact of conflicts on civilians.

The full strategy is available at: hi.org/en/our-strategy

Worldwide impact

Thanks to individual supporters just like you, Humanity & Inclusion supports disabled and vulnerable people in countries around the world affected by conflict, disaster and poverty.

As well as our amazing donors, we also rely on the dedication of our 4,237 staff around the world, including 3,401 local staff supporting our programmes on the ground.[1]

Since HI was founded in 1982, our work has benefitted several million people worldwide. In 2019, we ran 441 projects in 61 countries.

The difference we make together

The following figures represent the number of people directly benefitting [2] from HI's work in 2019:

2,871,722 Direct Beneficiaries

People having received goods or services as part of a project implemented by HI or its operating partners in 2019.

11,489,950 Indirect Beneficiaries

People benefiting from the effects of goods or services received by HI’s direct beneficiaries in 2019.

Number of people helped by sector of activity


Rehabilitation
: 271,019 people


Health
: 919,103 people


Social and economic inclusion
: 674,975 people


Basic needs (water, sanitation, shelter, livelihoods)
: 283,316 people


Action against landmines and other explosive weapons
: 825,715 people

1) Staff numbers expressed in annual full-time equivalent positions.

2) Beneficiary data by sector of activity: the number of people having benefitted directly from the actions of HI and its partners in 2019. Some people benefitted from a number of services and/or activities. Consequently, despite our best efforts, a few of them may have been counted more than once. This is non-exhaustive data that does not include all sectors of HI’s activity.

Phaly Heang is 4 years old. After being left hemiplegic in a bad road accident, she started receiving rehabilitation sessions at HI'scentre in Kampong Cham. Phaly Heang is 4 years old. After being left hemiplegic in a bad road accident, she started receiving rehabilitation sessions at HI'scentre in Kampong Cham. Phaly Heang is 4 years old. After being left hemiplegic in a bad road accident, she started receiving rehabilitation sessions at HI'scentre in Kampong Cham. Phaly Heang is 4 years old. After being left hemiplegic in a bad road accident, she started receiving rehabilitation sessions at HI'scentre in Kampong Cham.

© Lucas Veuve/HI

Phaly Heang is 4 years old. After being left hemiplegic in a bad road accident, she started rehabilitation sessions at HI's centre in Kampong Cham.

Who we help

Our actions focus on the most vulnerable groups in the poorest countries of the world. Your support will directly impact:

  • People with disabilities
  • Other vulnerable populations, such as injured people, isolated children, and older people
  • People exposed to the danger of weapons during armed conflicts and in post-conflict situations
  • Refugees and people displaced by crises, conflicts and disasters
  • People at risk of disease, violence and disabling accidents

Areas of action

Find out about the main issues we work on:

Our people

These are just some of the specialist roles that make up our dedicated teams:

  • Physiotherapist
  • Prosthetic and Orthotic technicians
  • Occupational therapist
  • Speech therapist
  • Deminer (weapons clearance expert)
  • Social worker
  • Disability rights campaigner
  • Logistics manager

Will you support our work?

Your donations can be truly life-changing, helping vulnerable and disabled people around the world.

From rehabilitation and providing people with prosthetic limbs, to demining activities, to responding to natural disasters, and including disabled children in school, your funds provide vital support and help to ensure that no-one is forgotten.

Our international network

The HI network is made up of an international federation and eight national associations:

Together, we mobilise resources and manage projects around the world to support disabled and vulnerable people.

The HI federation implements the network’s social missions around the world, either under the name “Humanity & Inclusion” or “Handicap International”, depending on the country.

HI network annual report

For more information about HI's global activities and impact, please download the latest Annual Report for the HI network:

► 2019 Annual Report - HI Network   (PDF, 1.36 MB)

Institutional policies and code of conduct

Details of institutional policies and other professional information about the HI network is available at: hi.org/en/institutional-policies  

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