In Benin, Humanity & Inclusion continues to run programs under the operating name "Handicap International."
Humanity & Inclusion in Benin
Humanity & Inclusion first worked in Benin in 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 the disabling disease lymphatic filariasis, improve road safety, and promote the rights of people with disabilities.
The World Health Organization estimates that more than 840,000 people have disabilities in Benin, around 84,000 of whom need to be fitted with orthopedic devices.
Our Current Work
The Humanity & Inclusion team in Benin has 13 staff members who work diligently to achieve the following:
- Support civil society organizations
- Promote inclusive education
- Support to the Center for Development of Post-Conflict Demining and Clearance Actions
- Promote road safety
In the district of Cotonou, Humanity & Inclusion works with civil society organizations to ensure that people with disabilities by building the capacities of Organizations for People with Disabilities (OPDs or DPOs).
The organization facilitates development training and awareness-raising sessions, encourages local officials to translate government documents into Braille, and collaborates with the Ministry for the Environment, Housing and Town Planning to ensure accessibility is taken into account in district development and construction plans.
Humanity & Inclusion's teams in Benin run a project to improve the inclusion of children with disabilities in primary schools in both urban and rural regions. The project provides healthcare, advice on education and careers, teacher training, and works to guarantee accessibility for children with disabilities.
Support to the Center for Development of Post-Conflict Demining and Clearance Actions
Humanity & Inclusion works with the Center for Development of Post-Conflict Demining and Clearance Actions (CPADD), a demining training center in Benin, to develop training modules.
The organization seeks to build the capacity of the CPADD in Benin in order to improve the country’s demining efforts and safety of weapons stockpile as a whole.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been in Benin since 1999, promoting a culture of of dignity, access, and inclusion for ALL people with disabilities and who are vulnerable. Over time our work has transformed to meet the dynamic needs of the communities we serve.
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In 2014, despite a lack of funding to implement the project, Humanity & Inclusion remained closely involved in monitoring the actions conducted by its partner organizations and institutions, and provided them with technical and material assistance.