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Humanity & Inclusion became the new name of Handicap International on Jan. 24.

Sri Lanka

MANDATE

Humanity & Inclusion provides assistance to victims of armed conflict, promoting social inclusion, and developing partnerships at all levels to implement and support national disability policies. The organization employs 69 national staff and two expatriates to carry out its mission in Sri Lanka.

BACKGROUND

Humanity & Inclusion has been working in Sri Lanka since 2004. The predicament of people with disabilities within Sri Lanka has been exacerbated by three decades of armed conflict. Following the Tsunami in 2004, Sri Lanka suffered extensive damage, both physically and socially. 

ACTIONS

Physical Rehabilitation

This project aims to optimize the quality and access to physical rehabilitation services in Sri Lanka for vulnerable populations with injuries and disabilities. To date, Humanity & Inclusion has fitted and provided  3,115 prosthetic and orthotic devices, conducted 2,291 physical therapy sessions, and provided 1,119 mobility devices. Humanity & Inclusion works to provide those persons injured by landmines and other explosive remnants of war living in Kilinochchi district with access to rehabilitation services. The organization leads an awareness raising campaign to educate people with disabilities about the availability of services and provides necessary training and equipment to the Kilinochchi Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinic. 

Socio-Economic Empowerment

Humanity & Inclusion's project based in the east of Sri Lanka builds the capacities of vulnerable people and their families to develop sustainable revenue sources and helps them access services provided by economic development operators (banks, chambers of commerce, professional training centers, organizations, government programs). This project supports 30 economic-inclusion service providers, and bolsters personalized health and occupational opportunities for 500 people with disabilities and their families. 

Peace and Governance

Humanity & Inclusion works to increase the participation of women with and without disabilities in peace processes and decision-making, in line with the national action plan for the protection and promotion of human rights (2011-2016) and Sri Lanka’s national peace and reconciliation process. This plan highlights the exclusion of people with disabilities and places women and children with disabilities as marginalized groups within a marginalized group.

Inclusive Rural Development 

This project works to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces by improving sustainable livelihoods and creating employment opportunities for women and people with disabilities. This project promotes climate-resilient and inclusive socio-economic development by supporting the growth of small and medium enterprises and improving business development services and environmental support. 2,000 individuals have been employed and 60 business development service providers have benefited.  

Justice and Empowering Women

Humanity & Inclusion works to empower women in the Colombo district to achieve an inclusive and sustainable transitional justice and reconciliation process. Women in especially vulnerable populations are provided technical and financial support and the ability to connect with other women to share their experiences and ideas for improving communities who have suffered from conflict. More than 15,000 women have benefited from the program, positively impacting their communities as a whole. 

Clubfoot Treatment for Children 

This project aims to increase access to proper and timely clubfoot treatment for children by promoting accessible health care and creating awareness within their communities. 250 children have received treatment and 500 parents have been educated about treatment compliance and home base follow up. Humanity & Inclusion also provides technical support and necessary equipment to Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children. 

Humanity & Inclusion's previous work in Sri Lanka includes:

Sports for All (2012)

In close collaboration with the local government in Vavuniya, this project enabled children and youth with disabilities play inclusive sports and participate in activities with their non-disabled peers. Five hundred children with disabilities and 1,500 children without disabilities  participated in this program. The project also increased disability awareness among community leaders, sports clubs, schools, business and disabled people’s organization (DPOs).

Steve Harknett, Project Manager for Humanity & Inclusion in Vavuniya, wrote a blog for the Huffington Post about the project. You can read it here.

CURRENT PROJECTS ARE POSSIBLE THANKS TO HUMANITY & INCLUSION DONORS, AND THE FOLLOWING:

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European Commission
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