In Bangladesh, Humanity & Inclusion continues to run programs under the operating name "Handicap International."
Humanity & Inclusion in Bangladesh
Humanity & Inclusion has been working in Bangladesh since 1997 to ensure that people with disabilities are integrated into society. Humanity & Inclusion's 286-person team also provides support to thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar.
Areas of Intervention
- Physical rehabilitation, prosthetics and orthotics
- Fighting discrimination against people with disabilities
- Including people with disabilities in work
- Disaster risk reduction
- Assisting victims of conflict and disaster, displaced people, refugees
- Enrolling children with disabilities in school
Following the mass influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fleeing neighboring Myanmar since August 2017, Humanity & Inclusion is providing emergency response to supply aid to people who are living in extremely difficult circumstances. The organization has provided rehabilitation care and psychological support to thousands of people.
In terms of logistics, Humanity & Inclusion has made available two humanitarian equipment storage centers and a fleet of 15 trucks, transporting humanitarian equipment for Humanity & inclusion and other organizations. The team has also distributed hygiene kits, food rations and accommodation kits.
Humanity & Inclusion also works in Bangladesh to encourage the inclusion of the most vulnerable people by supporting their access to services such as rehabilitation and employment. The organization advocates alongside people with disabilities to ensure access to a source of income which gives them financial independence and means they are better accepted within their communities.
Working with the government, Humanity & Inclusion implements a quality rehabilitation care system.
The organization also improves access to education for all children, including children with disabilities, in camps for Rohingya refugees. Humanity & Inclusion trains teachers to include children with disabilities in schools, organizes rehabilitation sessions for children with disabilities and raises community awareness of the right of children to education. To improve the social inclusion and education of boys and girls with disabilities, Humanity & Inclusion organizes fun and sporting activities, including in schools and sports clubs, to promote their social inclusion and interaction with each other in a safe environment. To further protect vulnerable children, Humanity & Inclusion runs a project to prevent abuse and violence.
Humanity & Inclusion aims to ensure each mother enjoys a safe pregnancy and childbirth, and each child is able to live beyond the age of 5, and each woman, child and teenager can fulfill their professional and social potential. The organization makes fathers aware of their role in improving the health of mothers and children in refugee communities in Bangladesh.
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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Children with disabilities remain one of the most marginalized groups in the country and very few attend school. As an invisible and stigmatized group, they are more exposed to abuse, exploitation and negligence. From 2016 to 2020, Humanity & Inclusion led the Growing Together project, supported by IKEA Foundation, which enabled thousands of children to learn by playing in secure environments in refugee camps in Thailand, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
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.