Handicap International

Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. Since its creation in 1982, Handicap International has established development programs in more than 60 countries and it has worked in various emergency situations.  Eight national associations comprise the Handicap International network: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Switzerland. Together, the national associations mobilize resources, jointly manage projects and promote the organization’s principles and actions around the world. Handicap International is one of the six founding organizations of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which was jointly-awarded the 1997 Nobel PeacePrize. In 2011, Handicap International received the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize. 

Releases by this organization

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Thursday, April 04, 2013
4 April - International Day of Mine Awareness
The United Nations declared 4 April, “International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action” in 2006. This year, Handicap International places particular attention on Syria, the world’s only country to use anti-personnel landmines since the start of 2012. Intensive bombing campaigns during the current conflict have left a trail of unexploded devices, including cluster munitions, which pose serious and lasting threats to civilians. Handicap International condemns the use of these barbaric weapons and calls for immediate measures to protect civilians.
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Thursday, September 06, 2012
Victims of Cluster Munitions Need More Help
Handicap International calls on the U.S. government to join the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The organization urges the U.S. to allocate resources to combat cluster munitions and to support the victims of these indiscriminate weapons. New data from the Cluster Munition Monitor 2012*, released today, shows just $2.9 million — a mere 5% of the budget to combat cluster munitions — is earmarked for victim assistance. The Cluster Munition Monitor estimates between 20,000 and 54,000 victims worldwide.
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Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Celebrities, Global Leaders, Landmine Victims and Thousands Worldwide Call on U.S. and Other Outliers to Join Mine Ban Treaty
In celebration of April 4th, the United Nations’ International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, thousands of people in more than 70 countries are rolling up their pant leg and standing side-by-side with survivors and landmine-affected communities to call for a full stop to the harm landmines still cause.
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Friday, March 09, 2012
Handicap International Deploys Emergency Response Mission to Brazzaville (Republic of Congo) to Protect Civilians
Handicap International is sending a team Friday to respond to the emergency situation that resulted from a series of explosions at munitions depots in the Republic of Congo’s capital, Brazzaville, on Sunday, March 4. A decontamination expert will be responsible for securing the danger zone and raising awareness among the civilian population and teams working in the area of the dangers of unexploded ordnance.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
One Percent of Humanitarian Aid Goes to People with Disabilities and Older People
A study published today by two nongovernmental organizations, HelpAge International and Handicap International, reveals a major gap between the needs of older people and people with disabilities and the level of humanitarian aid provided to meet the needs of these populations. Only one percent of international humanitarian aid is specifically allocated to these groups, despite the fact that they are often severely affected by crises and disasters.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012
Haiti: Two Years Later, a New Beginning
Two years ago, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake that claimed the lives of 220,000 people and affected more than 3 million[1]. Handicap International, present in the country since 2008, was able to respond to the disaster immediately, and the organization remains committed to ensuring that people with disabilities and other vulnerable individuals have access to the services they need.
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