HI promotes the inclusive employment of young people with disabilities in conjunction with the Fondation Michelin in India, in addition to other activities.
A young boy with his mother, Humanity & Inclusion India | © D. Van Ophalvens / Handicap International
HI provides technical support, including the development of methods and tools, to the Fondation Michelin in India in order to improve access to employment for people with disabilities. HI identifies the level of inclusion of people with disabilities at Michelin Chennai, including in its stores and divisions, and organises training, awareness-raising sessions, coaching, etc. for Michelin employees.
HI also works to reduce the number of car accidents in Chennai by developing accident risk-reduction strategies for children and young people in the region. HI implements studies on risk behaviour and surveys on road safety around schools and organises awareness-raising sessions on road safety for students and other target audiences.
India is a major emerging power and is undergoing rapid growth. However, around 30% of the population still lives below the poverty threshold and the economic and social disparities between the different states in the country are huge.
The country has between 55 and 90 million people with disabilities, who are often the victims of violence and exclusion. They do not benefit from the country's economic development; they have limited access to healthcare, education and employment, and are victims of discrimination. The number of people with disabilities is exacerbated by various factors such as malnutrition, appalling living and working conditions, limited access to healthcare, a lack of hygiene and limited access to information, as well as conflicts in some regions.
There are numerous forms of discrimination and social exclusion prevalent in India, notably against women, people from the lowest casts, of different cultures, and from isolated rural zones. People with disabilities are subject to multiple forms of discrimination and are ill-informed about the available social welfare systems.
Last, the country is highly exposed to natural disasters such as droughts, cyclones, flooding and landslides.