Towards a mine-free Casamance 16/11/16
The threat of anti-personnel mines still hangs over the people of Casamance despite an end to the conflict in this region of Senegal. Handicap International has been running its current demining project since December 2015. After completing an initial operation in the village of Diagnon, the organisation is now clearing 20,000 square metres in Boutoute, on the outskirts of Ziguinchor, to free villagers from the danger of mines.
Handicap International is launching Growing Together, a project to give every child in the Thai refugee camps the right and the opportunity to be a child. Because being a child in a context of poverty and stress doesn’t come easy…
When I trip, my friends pick me up 14/11/16
Despite her situation, Hae Tar (9) realises she’s lucky. She has friends who accept her disability and who wait for her when she slowly navigates the bumpy paths of the refugee camp. But not all the children in the camp are that patient.
Twelve year old Saw is missing out on his childhood. Taking care of Kyan, his disabled younger brother, is a full time job without any opportunities to play. And for Kyan, the possibilities in the Thai refugee camp are even more restricted. Luckily, they have each other.
Julia is longing for a friend 14/11/16
"My daughter Julia (8 years old) has no friends. Other children don’t like to play with her because she’s too slow," says Sue. "The Handicap International rehabilitation centre is the only place where she can play and be herself."
There’s only one football field for 40,000 people. Being a child in Mae La Refugee Camp,Thailand, doesn’t come easy. Besides difficult backgrounds and poor living conditions, children lack possibilities to play, although playing could help them deal with their situation. Luckily, So Eike and his friends are creative.
Within the space of two years, more than 2,800 people have benefited from our rehabilitation services in Bolivia. Handicap International has helped set up seven rehabilitation centres in the country and also promotes access to quality care for people with disabilities.
- Bolivia and Andean states
One month on from Hurricane Matthew, 1.4 million people in Haiti still need humanitarian aid. The south and north of the country were also recently hit by intense rainfall, and many roads are completely blocked by floods. Handicap International continues to provide emergency response to victims of the disaster.
Three weeks after the start of the military offensive to take back the city of Mosul in Iraq, over 34,000 people have already been displaced. Handicap International is preparing to provide them with support and to deploy substantial resources to respond to the emergency situation.
Early in the summer of 2015, 9-year-old Shua’a and her family were caught in a bombing raid in Syria. It resulted in the amputation of her left foot. Her family now lives in Azraq camp, in Jordan. With Humanity & Inclusion's help she will very shortly be fitted with a prosthesis and will be able to walk over longer distances.
Hurricane Matthew hit southeast Cuba on the night of 4th to 5th October, after making landfall in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. In Cuba, the hurricane had a significant impact on vulnerable people, particularly people with disabilities. Handicap International has been present in Cuba for more than 18 years and part of its work includes preparing the most vulnerable people for natural disasters.
Ali lives in northern Syria, in a camp for displaced people on the border with Turkey. In January 2016, he was injured in an attack on his village. Handicap International is helping Ali recover by providing him with physiotherapy care, psychosocial support and mobility aids.
Ghazal and Nahla live in northern Syria. They have opened the region’s only prosthetics and orthotics workshop, enabling people injured in the conflict or amputees to be orthopaedically fitted. Handicap International has been working with them for several weeks: the organisation has trained them to improve their production techniques.
Three weeks after Hurricane Matthew hit the southwest and northwest of Haiti on 4th October, 1.4 million Haitians still need humanitarian aid. To help the most vulnerable people, Handicap International has deployed a team of nine emergency specialists to areas affected by the hurricane.