Humanity & Inclusion works in Benin to improve people with disabilities’ quality of life and to promote their full participation in the country's economic and social life.
Using a hand cycle, Humanity & Inclusion Benin | © J. Cerda / HI
From 1999 - 2002, Humanity & Inclusion worked to support the development of orthopaedic and functional rehabilitation services in the country. The organisation then returned to the country in 2010, at the request of the Ministry of the Family and National Solidarity which asked them to deploy actions to control lymphatic filariasis, a highly disabling tropical disease. At the same time, Humanity & Inclusion also launched a project to promote the rights of people with disabilities in Cotonou, the seat of the country's government.
Today, the organisation continues to implement projects to build on the progress already made towards improving the inclusion of people with disabilities. Training courses are held in the city of Cotonou for people with political and administrative responsibilities, to encourage them to think about the physical accessibility of buildings, the importance of translating certain documents into braille and of offering school places to children with disabilities. Support is also provided to Disabled People's Organisations to help them improve how they are structured and ensure their voices are heard when decisions are made by the local authorities.
Humanity & Inclusion's teams in Benin also run a project which aims to improve the inclusion of people with disabilities in 20 primary schools.
Humanity & Inclusion helps schools to become physically accessible and works with teachers to ensure they have the knowledge and skills required to provide quality teaching and support for all pupils. In total, over 350 children with disabilities and their parents currently benefit from this project.
Finally, Humanity & Inclusion works with a demining training centre in Benin (the CPADD - the Centre for advanced training in post-conflict demining and decontamination operations).The training modules are developed conjointly to improve the security of weapons stockpiles and conventional weapons, and to limit the risk of accidental explosions which harm hundreds of people across the world every year.
Benin has benefited from a stable democracy since 1990, but the economic situation is still precarious: almost half of the population lives in extreme poverty;
It is very difficult for people with disabilities to access healthcare that is adapted to their needs. They are also rarely taken into account in development initiatives;