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Inclusive Employment for People with Disabilities
Senegal

Handicap International (HI) helps people with disabilities find work in the Dakar region. Through personalised support, training and advocacy work with businesses, the organisation helps them successfully enter the world of work.

Thanks to Handicap International’s inclusive employment project, Ramatoulaye has worked as a cashier at Banque Atlantique since 2015.

Thanks to Handicap International’s inclusive employment project, Ramatoulaye has worked as a cashier at Banque Atlantique since 2015. | © E. Fitte-Duval / Handicap International

People with disabilities often find it very hard to find salaried employment. Workplaces are usually poorly adapted. Many do not have lifts and safety standards are sometimes poor. However, the biggest obstacle facing people with disabilities in the workplace is prejudice. Many employers are convinced that people with disabilities lack skills and are unable to bring anything to the company. Disability frightens people and companies prefer to keep people with disabilities at arm’s length.

Handicap International has been helping people with disabilities in the Dakar region find work since 2014. The organisation starts by providing them with personalised follow-up, including interviews with a social worker and an employment adviser. After a skills assessment, the organisation draws up an action plan with them, depending on their goals and needs. They are then given personalised support, which might include training, help applying for an internship, or awareness-raising for a potential employer.

Handicap International relies on a local network of more than 90 employers and a dozen organisations working in the field of employment and training. It helps partner businesses adapt premises to make them accessible to people with disabilities. They also raise the awareness of employees to ensure disabled employees are better included in the workplace. Lastly, it monitors the new employee to ensure that they are happy in their new job.

The Zena fruit processing plant near the port of Dakar, which employs over a hundred people, has already hired four people with hearing impairments who are monitored by Handicap International. Other people with disabilities are currently applying for work, and the plant’s employees have been provided with information on disability. What’s more, the management team is planning to make its new premises accessible to people with disabilities.

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Singer Diane Tell visits HI in Cuba
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Inclusion Inclusive Employment for People with Disabilities

Singer Diane Tell visits HI in Cuba

Our spokesperson, singer Diane Tell, has just returned from Cuba where she made a field visit to meet our beneficiaries and teams. In Cuba, the largest country in the Caribbean, the most vulnerable people, especially people with disabilities, face difficulties in accessing healthcare and the world of work.

HI mine clearance experts return to Casamance, Senegal
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Explosive weapons

HI mine clearance experts return to Casamance, Senegal

Many explosive remnants of war still endanger the lives of people living in this region in the south of Senegal and prevent internally displaced people from returning home.  

Towards a mine-free Casamance
© J-J. Bernard / Handicap International
Explosive weapons

Towards a mine-free Casamance

The threat of anti-personnel mines still hangs over the people of Casamance despite an end to the conflict[1] in this region of Senegal. Handicap International has been running demining programmes 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.