In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Humanity & Inclusion continues to run programs under the operating name "Handicap International."
Humanity & Inclusion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Our team has been in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1994, promoting access to services and supporting people with disabilities.
The DRC is among the poorest countries in Africa, where 89% of people live on less than $2 per day. The country is also affected by the civil war in eastern DRC that has resulted in millions of deaths and injuries and massive population displacement over the past 20 years.
The DRC is also regularly affected by epidemics (cholera, etc.), increased exposure to natural disasters, and widespread poverty and insecurity. The situation in the country has left the population highly vulnerable, especially people with disabilities.
Our Current Work
In addition to helping with needs that have been arising from the ongoing conflict in the country, Humanity & Inclusion employs more than 128 staff in the DRC to:
- Enable people with disabilities to achieve independence
- Distribute food to vulnerable populations
- Provide technical support to local organizations
- Provide rehabilitation care
- Promote the rights and social participation of people with disabilities
- Improve maternal and child health
- Offer logistics services
- Support Organizations for People with Disabilities
- Improve road safety
The goal of TEAM CONGO (Training, Economic Empowerment, Assistive Technology and Medical/Physical Rehabilitation Services) is to enable people with disabilities, especially women and girls, living in Kinshasa and Kananga to achieve independence and fully participate in all aspects of life.
The project provides quality rehabilitation and orthopedic training to rehabilitation professionals, socio-economic opportunities, technical and mobility aids for those who require them.
In Kasai, Humanity & Inclusion provides emergency food needs of conflict-affected populations, including internally displaced persons, returnees and host communities in the DRC.
Our teams work in two territories of Central Kasai, Demba and Dimbelenge, in close coordination with other humanitarian actors which are already active in providing food aid, or are planning to.
Inclusion Technical Unit
Handicap International's Inclusion Technical Unit is a team of individuals who work to ensure that the activities and structures of HI's partner organizations are accessible to vulnerable people and people with disabilities in North Kivu.
In North Kivu and Kasai, Humanity & Inclusion works to improve the case-management of disabilities and the care provided to victims of armed conflict in health care facilities and rehabilitation centers by training physical therapy students and strengthening the technical skills of existing physical therapists.
Ensure All Children Have Access to Education
Humanity & Inclusion promotes the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society, and is campaigning for children with disabilities to have access to education, particularly girls.
The organization trains teachers, improves the accessibility of school buildings, and reaches out to parents in the community to encourage them to send children with disabilities to school.
Maternal and Child Health
Humanity & Inclusion has run a mother and child health program in the neighborhood of Bumbu Selembao in the capital of Kinshasa since 2008 with the goal of preventing and diagnosing disability in newborns.
In collaboration with other national and international organizations, and the United Nations, Humanity & Inclusion coordinates a logistics platform designed to help humanitarian aid to reach remotest areas.
Support Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs)
Based in Kinshasa, Humanity & Inclusion builds the institutional and operational capacities of three local DPOs, so they can advocate and raise awareness about the problems facing people with disabilities, particularly among the general public, and government institutions.
In partnership with the Ministry of Transport and Highways, Humanity & Inclusion works to improve road safety by building the capacities of Road Traffic Police officers and raising community awareness, particularly in schools.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1994, fostering a culture of dignity, access, and inclusion for ALL people with disabilities and who are vulnerable. Over time, we have evolved our work to meet the dynamic needs of the communities where we serve.
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The organization clears mines and explosive remnants of war to secure the land and improve the living conditions of communities living in conflict-affected areas.