In China, Humanity & Inclusion continues to run programs under the operating name "Handicap International."
Humanity & Inclusion in China
Humanity & Inclusion has been working in China since 2000, promoting the social inclusion of people with disabilities.
China is the world’s most populated country with a population of 1.4 billion people. The country's rapid development has been accompanied by the emergence of new disparities, including growing inequality between the poor and wealthy regions.
According to the latest national disability survey, the mean annual income of people with disabilities in China is more than 50% below the national average. Only one-third of people with disabilities requiring rehabilitation services have access to this care, and only one-fifth of people who need mobility aids–such as artificial limbs, wheelchairs, braces, etc.–have access to them. Schools and workplaces are also difficult to access for people with disabilities.
China is also prone to major natural disasters, and its provinces are frequently affected by major earthquakes and widespread flooding.
Areas of Intervention
- Inclusive education
- Mental health and psychosocial support
- Protection and advocacy
Humanity & Inclusion's 13-member team works alongside government and civil society partners to provide direct support to people living in rural areas where residents experience extreme poverty, and to promote inclusive policy development.
Today the program maintains its focus on inclusive education and inclusive poverty reduction, while adding new interventions in the areas of inclusive employment and community-based mental health rehabilitation. Priority cross-cutting issues for Humanity & Inclusion in China include strengthening the capacities of local civil society, supporting transition from institutional services models to community-based and personalized service models, promoting equity of all ages, genders and kinds of disability in the national disability inclusive development dialogue.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been in China since 2000, promoting a culture of dignity, access, and inclusion for ALL people with disabilities. Over time our work has transformed to meet the dynamic needs of the communities we serve.
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Natural Disaster Relief
When major natural disasters such as earthquakes or extensive flooding occur in China, Humanity & Inclusion offers emergency relief assistance to victims. The organization's first emergency relief efforts in China were in the provinces of Guangxi, Heilongjiang and Inner Mongolia between 1998 and 2000 and also in Yunnan in August 2014.