In Bangladesh, Humanity & Inclusion continues to run programs under the operating name "Handicap International."
The Rohingya Emergency
As of May 2019, more than 909,000 Rohingya refugees—including more than 400,000 children—reside in Bangladesh. They are in desperate need of basic aid, psychosocial support, and rehabilitation care. Humanity & Inclusion has more than 200 staff on the ground, working to support the most vulnerable, including people with disabilities.
Help ensure critical aid reaches families who have fled with nothing.
Humanity & Inclusion in Bangladesh
Humanity & Inclusion has been working to advance the long-term rights and social inclusion of people with disabilities in Bangladesh for more than 20 years.
Bangladesh is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. In 2011, the country's population was 150.5 million with 15% living with a disability and 49.6% living on less than $1.25 a day.
Humanity & Inclusion's priority is to help build the capacities of local Organizations for People with Disabilities (OPDs or DPOs) by being actively involved in physical rehabilitation as well as access to quality services and support in isolated areas of the country.
Our Current Work
In addition to capacity building, Humanity & Inclusion's team in Bangladesh is dedicated to:
- Improve quality of life in refugee camps
- Develop accessible and secure play areas for children in refugee camps
- Promote economic inclusion
- Provide assistance in natural disaster risk preparation
Improving Quality of Life in Refugee Camps
Humanity & Inclusion improves quality of life by providing rehabilitation services to people with disabilities and vulnerable individuals in refugee camps by enabling them to participate in social, economic, and educational activities.
Growing Together Project
With support from the IKEA Foundation, the organization's Growing Together project is developing accessible and secure play areas for children in refugee camps in Thailand, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.
This project will enable children with and without disabilities to play, learn, and grow up together in a secure and inclusive environment.
Humanity & Inclusion empowers more than 4,000 households of people with disabilities to lift themselves out of poverty. This project provides support for those persons with disabilities to achieve functional autonomy and access to basic health and social services.
Natural Disaster Risk Preparation
Humanity & Inclusion works with multiple partners to achieve effective inclusion of socially excluded groups such as women and people with disabilities. HI's regional project in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka will help to reduce the vulnerability of people living in areas prone to natural disasters.
The project also raises awareness and improves the intervention capacities of local authorities.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been in Bangladesh since 1997, promoting an inclusive culture for ALL people with disabilities and who are vulnerable. Over time, our work has evolved to meet the dynamic needs of the communities where we serve.
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Partnering with Bangladesh Legal Aid Services (BLAST), Humanity & Inclusion built the capacities of national and local legal service providers in order to improve access to legal assistance for people with disabilities.
Assistance to the Survivors of the Rana Plaza Collapse
As a result of the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza Building in Dhaka in 2013, Humanity & Inclusion provided physical therapy to people with disabilities who were affected by the incident.
The organization has also put in place a sustainable socio-economic recovery project that facilitates employment for those who lost their jobs in as a result of the collapse.
Disability Resource Center
The Dhaka Center for Services and Information on Disability (CSID) is providing people with disabilities internet access to promote the rights of people with disabilities. HI is working with CSID to ensure that some 2,500 people with disabilities can access the data and share it with decision-makers, program directors, researchers, students, and other people with disabilities.
Community Based Rehabilitation
Humanity & Inclusion launched a project in 2011 that aimed to strengthen the skills of community based rehabilitation professionals.
In the county, 35 local community-based organizations have improved their knowledge of community-based rehabilitation.