In East Timor, Humanity & Inclusion continues to run programs under the operating name "Handicap International."
Humanity & Inclusion in East Timor
Humanity & Inclusion in East Timor aims to improve the access to services for people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, in emergency and development settings, as well as to increase their participation in public and political life.
During and just after the war of independence with Indonesia (from 2001 until 2003), Humanity & Inclusion intervened in East Timor to assist the victims of conflict. The organization implements activities in Dili city and the districts of Aileu and Liquica.
In 2011, following a comprehensive consultation process on disability and inclusion, the organization resumed its intervention in the country in close cooperation with local organizations for people with disabilities as well as the Ministry of Social Solidarity.
Our Current Work
Humanity & Inclusion currently employs four staff members and one expatriate in East Timor. Our team of five works attentively to:
- Ensure people with disabilities have rights
- Ensure children with disabilities have access to education
- Promote inclusive vocational training and livelihoods
Humanity & Inclusion works to foster effective implementation of the national framework for the inclusion of people with disabilities by:
- Supporting and promoting collaboration between community and national civil organizations and institutions
- providing technical guidance and coaching to the staff of the Ministry of Social Solidarity
- facilitating workshops with governmental bodies to help establish a National Council on Disability
- Supporting Organizations for People with Disabilities (OPDs or DPOs) to implement their own advocacy activities at national and local levels
Ensure All Children Have Access to Education
In partnership with the Ministry of Education and Plan International, Humanity & Inclusion works to improve the accessibility of education for children with disabilities by identifying and breaking down the barriers that prevent children with disabilities from attending schools
The organization also facilitates awareness raising sessions throughout the community and trains teachers to welcome children with disabilities into their classrooms.
Our Past Work
Since our first intervention in the country in 2001, we continue to evolve our work to meet the dynamic needs of the communities where we serve.
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Vocational Training and Livelihood
In 2014, Humanity & Inclusion trained the teachers and management staff of the National Technical Vocational Training Center (CNEFP) of Tibar in general disability knowledge and inclusion concepts.
CNEFP now promotes the enrollment of youths with disabilities in their vocational programs and has improved the physical accessibility of the center and its workplaces.