Goto main content

Aicha and Friends Show us the Joy of Inclusion.

Inclusion
Guinea-Bissau

Aicha, 10, lives in Guinea Bissau. Since HI has helped her to attend school, she has become a lively and joyful member of her local community. HI ensures that over 70,000 vulnerable children and children with disabilities can access their right to an education.

Aicha is playing with her friends in the playground of her school. Aicha is albino, she’s 10 years old and she lives in Bissau.

Aicha is playing with her friends in the playground of her school. Aicha is albino, she’s 10 years old and she lives in Bissau. | © M.Moreiras / HI

Aicha is loud, energetic and fearless!  She’s always on the move; running, playing, climbing … as though life has no barriers. She’s popular too, her school friends know that where there’s fun, there’s Aicha.

It’s hard to believe that two years ago she was not at school at all. Difficulties with her vision and sensitive skin as a result of albinism meant that her parents felt it was best for her to stay at home. She interacted mainly with her family and lacked the confidence to make friends.

HI runs a multi-national project across West Africa to make sure that children like Aicha can attend school and build relationships with other children. We provide support to schools and teachers so that they can adapt their facilities and teaching methods and we help families to see the benefits of education for children with disabilities.

Thanks to these interventions, Aicha is now completing her second year of primary school and is thriving. She loves maths and learning to write, but most of all she loves to sing and to play!

The inspiring image of Aicha and her friends has been awarded first prize in the IDDC (International Disability and Development Consortium) photo contest and will be exhibited in Brussels from the 12th of February as part of European Disability and Development Week, 2017. For details about the event click here.

The #school4all campaign

More than 32 million children with disabilities from low- and middle-income countries do not get an education. They are excluded from games, schools and all kinds of learning experiences.

Accessing education is their only chance to build a future for themselves. To raise public awareness of this major problem, HI has launched #school4all, a summer call for donations campaign.

Where your
support
helps

PRESS CONTACT

CANADA

Gabriel PERRIAU

USA

Mica BEVINGTON

 

Help them
concretely

To go further

Meet Léa Bayekula: HI ambassador and award-winning parathlete
© Alexandra Bertels / HI
Inclusion

Meet Léa Bayekula: HI ambassador and award-winning parathlete

The Belgian athlete specializes in track and field and hopes to use her position as an Humanity & Inclusion (HI) ambassador to raise awareness about inclusion for people with disabilities.

More and more people are forcibly displaced from home
© K.Holt / HI
Explosive weapons Inclusion

More and more people are forcibly displaced from home

More than 80 million in the world are forcibly displaced, according to the last figures of the United Nations refugees agency (UNHCR – Dec. 2020)[1]

Hope at Last: Malyun's Story in Kenya
© Humanity & Inclusion
Inclusion Supporting the Displaced Populations/Refugees

Hope at Last: Malyun's Story in Kenya

Malyun, now 18, grew up in Somalia. At the age of five, she was playing with her friends in a field near her home when she swallowed an unknown metal fragment. She immediately fell to the ground. When her father came to her aid, he tried to hold her hand to make her stand, but her legs would not hold. The family sought medical treatment in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, but all treatments failed. They were then sent to Kenya for further specialist treatment. It was on arrival at the hospital that Malyun was diagnosed with lower limb paralysis.