Humanity & Inclusion runs a range of projects in Niger to further the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in education and employment. The organisation supports refugees and asylum seekers in Niamey. It also works to reduce armed violence in the Sahel.
Humanity & Inclusion Niger | © Franck Pinay Rabaroust
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In order to improve the situation for people with disabilities in Niger, Humanity & Inclusion supports their representative organisations. Training is also offered to local authorities to encourage them to take people with disabilities into account when implementing policies, so they can enjoy the same rights as their fellow citizens (the right to representation, to attend school to move around freely etc.).
Our teams are particularly concerned with the issue of access to education for children with disabilities and work to ensure they are able to get to school and that the setting is adapted to their needs. Through its education project, Humanity & Inclusion ensures that thousands of children with disabilities are both able to get to school and stay in education. In order to guarantee the future viability of the project, the organisation has provided training and awareness-raising for numerous stakeholders in the inclusive education and disability sectors. These include 300 headteachers and teachers from 530 schools.
Humanity & Inclusion also uses its expertise to help Malian refugees currently living in Niamey, having fled the drought and fighting in their home country. The organisation has also taken over the management of the one-stop shop where refugees can be referred to the different services they require (health, education etc.).
Since the end of 2017, having carried out a study to assess the effectiveness of computer modelling and 3D printing of prostheses, Humanity & Inclusion started the orthopaedic fitting of the first patients via the regional project IMPACT 3D. Using a mobile scanner, this project makes it possible to help patients requiring orthopaedic fitting to cope better with their disability, even in the most isolated regions.
Situation of the country
Situated in the Sahel, Niger is considered to be one of the poorest countries in the world. Over half of the population lives in extreme poverty and deprivation.
In this already very difficult context, the situation for people with disabilities is aggravated by the high levels of discrimination and socio-economic inequality. This discrimination takes the form of extremely limited access to education, employment and health services, very little civic participation, and the specific needs of people with disabilities being rarely taken into account in development initiatives.
Furthermore, sandwiched between Nigeria, Chad, Libya, Algeria and Mali, Niger has been weakened by the political instability in neighbouring countries, incursions by armed groups and an influx of refugees, mainly from Mali and Nigeria;