Present in Nepal for 15 years, Handicap International was able to launch an immediate response to the devastating earthquake that struck the country on April 25th, 2015. Taking advantage of advance preparations for natural disasters in the country, we were also able to draw on our expertise in providing care and treatment to earthquake victims.
More than 8,700 people were killed and over 22,000 injured when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25 2015. Handicap International launched an immediate relief effort in aid of the most vulnerable individuals. One year on, the organization continues to supply aid to the earthquake’s victims.
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador on the evening of Saturday April 16. On April 22, 587 people were reported to have been killed and more than 8,000 injured. According to the United Nations, more than one million people (out of a population of around 16 million) may have been affected. The country has suffered considerable material damage and it is not possible to access entire areas of the North West.
Since Sunday morning, the organization’s teams have been preparing to launch an emergency response in aid of people injured in a violent earthquake in Ecuador. The organization is planning to provide the injured with rehabilitation care.
Hussein, 25, was injured in an air strike in Syria, in 2013. Left paraplegic by a shrapnel that remains lodged in his back, he fled to Lebanon to seek treatment, leaving his family behind. Handicap International, with support from LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, is helping him recover physically and to fight his depression.
Bilingual remarks pronounced by Handicap International Canada’s Executive Director at Global Affairs Canada on April 13, 2016, as invited by the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.
Handicap International has set up a logistics hub in response to the crisis in Central Africa to make it easier for humanitarian organizations to access vulnerable people in isolated areas of the country.
Present in Cuba since 1998, Handicap International works to improve the living conditions of people with disabilities and promote their inclusion in communities.
Sayed is a six-year-old boy from Afghanistan with an irresistible smile. When he was five, he was injured by an improvised mine – one of many victim-activated devices that regularly kill and maim people in Afghanistan. After Sayed’s left leg was amputated, he was immediately treated by Handicap International and he is steadily regaining his autonomy.
Since 1996, Handicap International manages a physical rehabilitation centre in Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan. This centre is the only one providing comprehensive services to disabled people across the whole region. We visit the centre with Rasool, the officer in charge of the activities of Handicap International in the Kandahar province.
Handicap International has distributed winter kits containing clothes, mattresses and blankets to vulnerable families in Nepal who lost everything in the earthquake of April 2015. Ten months after, the organisation continues to supply aid to victims of the disaster.
On the occasion of the International Day of Mine Awareness on April 4, Handicap International, which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for its mobilization against landmines, wants to recall the scale of the task and the necessary mobilization of the entire international community to address this issue.
The Arms Trade Treaty was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 2 April 2013. This treaty stipulates that a country may not export conventional arms to another country if there is any risk of them being used to commit acts of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes. This is an important step in the fight against weapons proliferation. Handicap International is working in 20 countries to raise awareness of the risks posed by small arms and explosive remnants of war.
The conflict that tore Casamance apart for thirty years is now over. However, anti-personnel mines still pose a threat to civilian lives. Alongside its mine clearance operations, Handicap International is also working with its partner, the ASVM (Senegalese Association of Mine Victims), to inform and raise the population's awareness of the risks of mines. Over an eight-month period, awareness-raising sessions will be held in 60 schools and 65 villages.
For one year now Yemen has been torn apart by a conflict that has killed over 3,000 civilians. The humanitarian needs are immense. Since last October, Handicap International has been providing care for the injured. Over 1,200 people have already been helped by the organisation.