In Benin, Humanity & Inclusion continues to run programs under the operating name "Handicap International."
Humanity & Inclusion in Benin
Our team worked in Benin from 1999 through 2002. In 2010, at the request of the Ministry of the Family and National Solidarity, the organization reopened operations to reduce the impact of lymphatic filariasis, a disease that causes permanent disability. Teams also work to improve road safety and promote the rights of people with disabilities.
Benin has benefited from a stable democracy since 1990, but the economic situation is still precarious: almost half of the population lives in extreme poverty. It is very difficult for people with disabilities to access healthcare that is adapted to their needs. They are also rarely taken into account in development initiatives.
Areas of Intervention
- Inclusion of people with disabilities in society and the economy
- Inclusive education
- Road safety
- Protecting populations from the risk of small and light weapons
Humanity & Inclusion's 13-member team works in Benin to improve people with disabilities’ quality of life and to promote their full participation in the country's economic and social life. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 840,000 people in Benin have disabilities. Thousands are in need of orthopedic devices.
Today, the organization continues to implement projects to build on the progress already made toward improving the inclusion of people with disabilities and ensuring they have access to education. We work with national partners to train young people with disabilities and to raise awareness among companies in order to improve economic and professional opportunities.