In Chad, Humanity & Inclusion continues to run programs under the operating name "Handicap International."
Humanity & Inclusion in Chad
Our teams worked in Chad on several occasions between 1982 and 2000, with its primary focus on physical rehabilitation activities. Since October 2014, we have focused on reducing the threat of explosive remnants of war and provide essential assistance to the victims of these weapons. The country also suffers the impact of climate change.
The presence of these weapons is a major obstacle to the country’s development. Chad ranks among the 10 poorest countries in terms of human development, with 47% of the country’s population living beneath the poverty threshold, according to the World Bank. However, in recent years, the country has experienced high growth due to its oil industry.
Chad has a population of around 12.8 million and 300,000 people living under the constant threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war, the legacy of four decades of successive wars in Chad. The country also hosts about 500,000 refugees from neighboring countries and are living in extremely vulnerable situations.
Our Current Work
In Chad, Humanity & Inclusion employs 30 national staff and seven expatriates who work diligently to:
- Support mine clearance operations
- Assist survivors of landmines
- Support Organizations for People with Disabilities
- Ensure children with disabilities have access to education
- Promote social and economic inclusion
- Provide rehabilitation services
Supporting Mine Clearance Operations
Humanity & Inclusion helps to clear land contaminated by landmines and explosive remnants of war, bringing it back into use for the villages directly affected by these threats.
The organization also conducts mine risk education and provides training and technical support to members of the National Demining High Commission.
Humanity & Inclusion trains staff at Chad’s physical rehabilitation centers and assists the sector by developing a disability identification strategy.
The organization is also supporting the reopening of the N’Djamena Rehabilitation Center and helping survivors and organizations for people with disabilities to campaign for their rights.
Support to Organizations for People with Disabilities (OPDs or DPOs)
Humanity & Inclusion works to advocate for disability rights and policies by:
- Training of OPDs or DPOs
- Providing structural assistance to the Union Nationale
- Proving organizations support for OPDs or DPOs
- Raising awareness and advocating for people with disabilities
Ensure All Children Have Access to Education
To enhance accessibility to education for children with disabilities, Humanity & Inclusion trains community-based teachers and other teachers, protects children with disabilities, and offers personalized support to children with special needs.
Social and Economic Inclusion
Humanity & Inclusion works with people with disabilities to help them achieve personal goals, provide social safety nets via cash transfers, and train them for employment.
Humanity & Inclusion works to ensure that people with disabilities get the rehabilitation services they need by:
- Identifying vulnerable people and people with disabilities
- Referring them to facilities able to attend to their specific needs
- Conducting post-care follow-ups