Elizabeth Johnson Sellers

  • Chad | Mahamat finally goes to school

    At the Kousseri displacement site on Lake Chad, Humanity & Inclusion ensures that 13-year-old Mahamat’s disability will not stop him from getting an education.

    When he was a toddler Mahamat developed an illness that still affects him today—causing weakness in his legs and requiring him to use a crutch for support. The 13-year-old boy lives with his grandmother in a community that is home to more than 7,000 internally displaced people, many of whom have fled violence or climate-related crises.

    Last year, Mahamat was enrolled in school for the first time through Humanity & Inclusion’s project focused on the protection and schooling of children in the Lake region. In the 2022-23 school year, more than 7,500 children were enrolled in the project. Among them were 113 children with disabilities. Funded by the European Union, this project is part of HI's ongoing initiative to improve access to education for children impacted by the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

    HI provides school supplies to support inclusive education. Once he was enrolled in school, Mahamat received a school bag, slate, and chalk from HI.

    "One day, I saw other children coming back from school with backpacks. They showed me the school materials inside. I asked them where they got all this stuff, and they showed me the way to the school,” Mahamat recalls. “They told me that we would go back to school the next day, and the day after that, too. I was very happy!"

    HI’s mobile team identified other needs for Mahamat. He receives food support and medical care. A new pair of crutches help him walk the long journey to school more easily, so he can have more energy to concentrate on his learning.

    “When I grow up, I would like to pass on my knowledge and teach at the Koranic school, and at the same time raise goats and become a rich merchant to support my family,” Mahamat says. “And for that, I know I need to go to school."

    A community effort

    At the beginning of each school year HI trains and mobilizes community leaders to be part of an awareness committee. This committee goes door-to-door speaking to families and encouraging them to enroll their children in school.

    To promote inclusive education, teachers undergo a three-week training at the beginning of the school year, provided by education officers, psychosocial support protection officers, the HI project manager, and primary education pedagogical inspectors.

    This training covers topics such as stress management, psychological first aid, hygiene and sanitation, and inclusive techniques for teaching children with disabilities. Accessibility and inclusion are addressed in a transversal way in all the modules, allowing teachers to take better care of students with disabilities while giving them tools to raise awareness among other children and allow a protective and inclusive educational environment for all.

    So far, 126 teachers from 12 schools have completed the training. Mahamat’s teacher is one of them.

    "In the classroom, the teacher puts me in the front row so that I can follow the lesson well,” Mahamat explains. “He often asks me questions, so I feel at ease.”

    HI in Chad

    Humanity & Inclusion has been present in Chad since the 1990s in the sectors of inclusive and emergency education, mine action, victim assistance, peace-building, physical and functional rehabilitation, and the socio-economic inclusion of people with disabilities.


  • Democratic Republic of the Congo | Putting two shoes on, at last!

    Following a fire when he was little, Dieudonné's leg was amputated. After receiving a new artificial limb from Humanity & Inclusion, he is learning to walk again and is even starting to play soccer.

    Dieudonné is 12 years old and lives with his grandmother, aunt and cousin in a small community in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Following a fire when he was only three months old, he had to have his right leg amputated. In 2022, Dieudonné was given an artificial limb by HI and is currently participating in physical therapy sessions at the University Clinics of Kinshasa. He can now stand without difficulty and is learning to walk without using his crutches.

    Dieudonné is cared for by his grandmother, Rose, who sees him as her own son.

    One day, when he was still a baby, oil spilled on the ground and the house caught fire. Dieudonné’s leg was caught in the flames, but Rose just managed to save him and took him straight to the hospital. The doctors had to make a quick decision to amputate, as the fire had already damaged a large part of his right leg, almost to the knee. During his stay in the hospital, the doctors treated the wound until it healed.

    When one of HI’s mobile clinics came in contact with Dieudonné in 2020, the team found that he required surgery before he could be given the appropriate fittings. The HI team advised Rose to seek the support of a local elected official, known for their generosity and awareness of people with disabilities, to raise the funds needed for the operation.

    In 2021, after having his operation and being hospitalized for more than a month, Dieudonné was able to return home and go back to school. He then had to wait for the wound to heal completely before he could receive his artificial leg. Delivery of the prosthesis was delayed by a major strike in the medical sector, but in 2022 HI was able to provide him with an artificial limb that allowed him to walk using both legs.

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    With great emotion in her voice, Rose explains how happy she is to see her grandson walk as he did before.

    “I was very annoyed, because all these years whenever I bought a pair of shoes, I could only give him one and had to throw the other one away,” Rose explains. “It was like throwing money down the drain! Now it’s over, he can finally put both shoes on.

    “And if HI hadn’t intervened, we wouldn’t have had this prosthesis because they're very expensive and I don’t have the money to buy one.”

    Before receiving his artificial limb, Dieudonné walked with a crutch which required a lot of effort. Thanks to his rehabilitation exercises with Euphrasie, his physical therapist, he is learning to walk and everything now seems easier.

    Euphrasie works at the University Clinics in Kinshasa. Several years ago, the rehabilitation center there was supported by HI. She has been working there with Dieudonné for over four weeks and explains with a smile how well he is doing. She can feel the full force of the young boy’s desire to get up, move around and walk.

    “Dieudonné is really making a tremendous effort to get better and it’s great to have the rehabilitation sessions with him,” Euphrasie says.” I also work with adults, and it’s complicated at times with some of them who don’t necessarily have the same motivation.”

    Euphrasie does several exercises with Dieudonné: going up and down stairs, catching and throwing a ball, walking, and more so he will feel increasingly comfortable with his artificial leg. During these exercises, Euphrasie says to him, in a kind and knowing voice: “Don’t be scared to put all your weight on your prosthesis, Dieudonné, it’s quite solid. Have faith in it!”


  • Nepal | Unisha finds independence with artificial leg

    Unisha, 13, lives in Biratnagar, Nepal. Born without her right leg, she’s been autonomous for nearly a decade with support from Humanity & Inclusion’s partners.

    Unisha lives with her parents and paternal grandmother in a three-room house surrounded by rice fields in Nepal’s southern plain called Terai region. An only child, she was born with just one leg due to a congenital disease called limb agenesis.

    Unisha’s parents were anxious about her future. They feared that she would never be independent; that she wouldn’t be able to go to school or have a social life and that she would suffer from being stigmatized. Also, because one of her parents had to stay at home to look after her, their income was reduced. The challenges and worries for her family were considerable, but Unisha's parents didn’t give up and were there for each other.

    “People blamed me for giving birth to a child with just one leg,” says Anita, Unisha's mother. “My husband is the only one who has always supported me. But I never gave up and I promised myself that one day my daughter would walk, whatever it took.”

    A door opens

    Unisha was 4 years old when her parents heard through local outreach teams about the HI-supported rehabilitation center in Biratnagar, only a few miles from their home.

    With this news, a door opened up for them and they seized the opportunity it provided. They took Unisha to the center where they met the local teams of prosthetic technicians and physical therapists. They were told what the center could offer Unisha: a new artificial limb every two years (or more often if necessary), long-term support and monthly physical therapy sessions.

    “Fortunately, we met Ambika, an orthotics and prosthetics technician working with HI’s partner,” Anika says. “She has been a vital support for us, especially for me. It would have been a bleak existence for my daughter if we hadn’t met Ambika."

    A few months after this first meeting, Unisha received her first artificial leg. Since then, she has visited the center every three months. Ambika, who has worked with Unisha from the beginning, adapts her artificial limb to her growth and shows her new exercises to do every day to improve her physical condition.

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    “I’ve known Unisha since she was little,” Ambika explains. "At first, she was reluctant to use the prosthesis. It hurts at first; you have to get used to it. But gradually, after six months or so, she accepted it. After that, she couldn't be parted from it. She didn't even want to take it off to go to bed!"

    HI’s local partner, Community Based Rehabilitation Center-Biratnagar takes a holistic approach to patients. Its actions are designed to cover all their needs:

    • Establishing contact via the outreach team;
    • Thorough rehabilitation assessment to identify the needs and physical therapy sessions;
    • Taking measurements of the person’s stump;
    • Making the artificial limb or brace with materials available locally;
    • Train users to gain confidence on the use of their artificial limb in their own environment;
    • Regular follow-up every three months or when needed;
    • Replacing the mobility aid every two years or when needed;
    • Providing physical therapy sessions.

    A future like everybody else

    As soon as Unisha received her artificial leg, she enrolled in school. She now goes to studies at a private school 2.5 miles from her home, where all the classes are in English. Every day, the school bus picks her up at 9 a.m. and brings her back at 4:30 p.m.

    From day one, she wanted to be like everyone else. A lot of people don't even know that Unisha has an artificial leg.

    "She makes a point of doing everything like the others and doesn't accept any special treatment," says Priti, her social studies teacher. "I’d been working here for a few months when Unisha took me aside to show me her leg and told me about her experience. I was so moved it brought tears to my eyes. I hadn't noticed a thing before that. I was touched by her trust in me and I admired her strength of character and lust for life.”

    In the future, Unisha would like to do social work so that she too can help others. Her experience has given her this open-mindedness and desire to be useful. Her teachers have no doubts about her future. If she continues like this, she will be able to do whatever she wants.

    "Thanks to the rehabilitation care provided by HI, the other children treat my daughter like one of their own because now she can walk and communicate like everyone else,” Anita adds. “It would be a disaster if we didn't have this help."  

    Unisha has proven that an adjustment can open doors, including the door to a dignified and autonomous future. Every human being should have this opportunity. Yet there are many people in Nepal for whom it is not the case. HI is working to extend its presence and reach in Nepal through its many local partners and its five rehabilitation centers in different parts of the country.


  • Kenya | Despite Covid-19 challenges, entrepreneur expands sewing business

    Zawadi Balagizi, 31, is an entrepreneur living in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Through training and mentoring, Humanity & Inclusion’s staff helped her cope with the effects of COVID-19 and expand her small business.

    Zawadi was exiled from her family because she has a disability. After first seeking refuge in a church, Zawadi chose to migrate to Kenya.

    “I began my journey from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Kenya in April 2018,” Zawadi says. “The main reason I embarked on the journey was to get medical attention at a hospital in Nairobi.”

    After arriving in Kenya, Zawadi ran out of financial resources and was transferred to the Kakuma refugee camp. There, she started a small business using her sewing skills to make tablecloths.

    When the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted global markets, Zawadi felt the impact as well. She depended on her church congregation to sell her products. Due to social distancing and quarantining, people stopped coming to help her, and her customers dwindled.

    Expanding her business

    Zawadi met Humanity & Inclusion’s team at the rehabilitation center where she received physical therapy sessions and a wheelchair. Zawadi was also included in HI’s livelihood support project. To help her conduct her business, the organization gave her a smartphone and supported her with counseling and training sessions.

    “The support I received from HI has helped me cope with life in Kakuma and the business sector,” Zawadi explains.

    Zawadi used the grant money she received from HI to improve the accessibility, expansion, and dignity of her business’ workspace. Thanks to HI’s support and the new skills she acquired during training and mentorship programs, Zawadi saw her living standard and business operations improve.

    Zawadi intends to expand her business to provide uniforms, covers, and other fabric materials for a local school. She is hopeful that, with time, she will be able to promote her business on social media and open new branches in the Kakuma refugee camp and nearby Kalobeyei settlement.

    These actions are supported by the Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program.


  • published Thank you and happy new year! 2022-12-30 13:19:52 -0500

    Thank you and happy new year!

    Thanks to you, Humanity & Inclusion's teams worked alongside more than 3 million people across 60 countries in 2022. 

    Your generosity will continue to change lives in 2023. Your generous donations help people with disabilities in times of peace, conflict and natural disaster, and ensure our local experts are always there for the communities we have the honor of serving. THANK YOU!

    Become a part of our story by making a tax-deductible, secure donation today!


  • Statement | UN exempts humanitarian aid organizations from sanctions

    The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday, December 9 exempting humanitarian aid organizations from UN sanctions, particularly frozen assets.

    On December 20, the U.S. Department of Treasury also announced a number of amended regulations to ease the delivery of humanitarian aid.

    Below is a statement from Anne Héry, Humanity & Inclusion's Advocacy Director:

    “We are thrilled by the UN Security Council’s decision to exempt humanitarian organizations from UN sanctions regimes and applaud the leadership of the USA and Ireland in this matter. UN sanctions are an important instrument for fighting those who pose a threat to peace and security, but we have long documented and denounced their unintended negative consequences for humanitarian organizations, as they seriously impede the ability of humanitarian organizations to provide life-saving assistance in a timely manner. The Security Council’s decision will significantly reduce the legal, administrative, and practical burdens that these sanctions have created for humanitarian action. We call on States to swiftly and fully integrate this resolution in national and regional legislation.

    "Two weeks ago, the United Nations launched the biggest appeal in its history (53 billion euros) for an estimated 339 million people in need of assistance in 69 countries in 2023. More than 100 million people worldwide are refugees, fleeing violence and crisis (UNHCR, June 2022).

    "We hail this decision by the Security Council that will help ensure that humanitarian organizations are better equipped to respond to the tremendous challenges and needs ahead.”


  • Colombia | The day I stepped on a mine, my fate was sealed

    Marta Janet Quintero Diaz has been part of Humanity & Inclusion’s demining operations in Colombia for seven years. With determination born from her own personal experience, Marta is working to make her country a safer place.

    My name is Marta Janet Quintero Diaz and I have just turned 40. I’m from a village in the department of Antioquia, Colombia. I’ve been working for HI for seven years. I started as a deminer and now I’m the field supervisor for two demining zones.

    My life changed forever the day I stepped on a mine.

    I was 14 at the time. I remember it like it was yesterday. It’s something that marks you for life. It was raining that day. I was with a group of friends and we were playing chase on a path linking the road to my parents' property. Whenever we went there, the adults told us not to leave the path under any circumstances. In the village where I grew up, everyone knows people who have been victims of mines.

    Suddenly, one of my friends shouted at me not to move. I looked behind me and that's when I saw it. I had stepped off the path as I was running and put my foot on a mine. That day, because it was wet, it didn’t explode.

    We stood motionless for at least fifteen minutes, not knowing what to do. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I really saw my life flash before my eyes. I knew very well what could have happened to me. We went home and never went back on that path again. Even today, when I tell this story, I’m still affected by it and I get shivers down my spine.

    Many years later, I was part of a team demining that same path. I remembered exactly where I had stepped on that mine when I was 14. And there, between the roots of a big tree, we found seven of them.

    The first humanitarian demining operations in Colombia started in my village in 2012. One day, out of curiosity, I went along to an information meeting. We were shown pictures of devices identical to the one I had stepped on when I was 14. That's when I realized what I wanted to do with my life. I was lucky. The mine I stepped on didn’t explode. For many people, that’s not the case. I want to make sure it doesn’t keep happening.

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    When I started, I was eager to learn everything. I passed all the demining training levels one after the other. If I was going to do this job, I wanted to be the best. I said from the start that if I didn’t make team leader within a year, I’d stop. I started as a deminer, then after three months, I became a leader and six months later, I was a team leader. I’ve also got the two certificates you need to destroy explosive devices and ammunition myself. 

    I wake up every day with the same motivation. Of course, the salary is important because we all have a family and responsibilities to take care of. But believe me, if I were rich, I’d do this work as a volunteer.

    My motivation is my family. I’m here for them. I’ve got three sisters and two brothers, and since my father passed away, I’ve become the pillar of the family. I’m single and live with my mother, one of my sisters and her two children. After a work cycle, when we have two weeks off, I don't go to the beach or on holiday. I go straight home to see my family.

    I dream of a Colombia at peace for my nieces and nephews. They are between 3 and 16 and I don't want them to go through the same thing as me.

    The armed conflict in this country was terrible. I lost my father when I was 23 years old. But today, we have to move forward. Many of my colleagues have children, and they all dream of a better future for them. If they are to have the chance to experience a new country, we must all forgive and give the future a chance.

    I could have chosen a job where I’d see my family every day, but that wouldn't have suited me. Demining is a hard job—you spend the day on your knees. You work in the mountains for six weeks at a time, away from your home and family. You make great sacrifices. But the reward is worth it.

    When you finish clearing an area, release it back to the people and walk on their land with them, free of fear, you should see their eyes shine and their huge smiles. That is the best reward.

    The day that Colombia is mine-free is the day that I stop doing this job.

    Humanity & Inclusion's demining operations in Colombia are carried out with the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement.


  • Food Crisis | Q&A: Confronting global food insecurity in Ukraine, Horn of Africa

    Madeline Sahagun, Humanity & Inclusion's Global Food Security Specialist, is based in Silver Spring, Maryland. She shares how the organization is confronting the global food crisis, including reflections from her recent visit to Ukraine.

    Q: What does the day-to-day look like for someone facing food insecurity? 

    It depends on the context but household are forced to resort to negative coping mechanisms. In severe cases, it’s a matter of survival. People go through desperate measures to feed their families. For example, to have food on the table, everyone in the family has to work including children – so they can’t go to school and their risk to exploitation is increased. Farmers sell tools, seeds and land which negatively impacts food production and ultimately their livelihoods. People also go into debt, borrowing money for food. Some households reduce the amount of food they consume to one meal a day, which directly impacts their nutritional and caloric needs.

    Q: What is the importance of an inclusivity lens when confronting global food insecurity?  

    Food insecurity is much more pronounced in people with disabilities. Evidence shows that people with disabilities and their families are one of the groups with the least access to food and nutrition. 36% of households that are food insecure include at least one person with a disability. They lack access to sufficient and quality food for growth and development and are more at risk of undernutrition or malnutrition. They experience barriers to accessing food, good nutrition and livelihoods. People with disabilities are less likely to have economic opportunities. For example, not being able to work, since they are experiencing multiple barriers. Disabilities can pose limitations in accessing food: mobility limitations, cognitive limitations, work limitations.

    In line with our mandate and mission, Humanity & Inclusion prioritizes support for people with disabilities and their families, as well as others experiencing extreme hardship. Evidence shows that people with disabilities often experience disproportionate vulnerability during conflict and humanitarian crisis.

    Q: What factors lead to food insecurity in the Horn of Africa? 

    There are a multitude of factors but the main drivers are climate and conflict. The Horn of Africa has been experiencing years of consecutive drought so there is no rain to support crops and thousands of livestock have died. Poverty is exacerbated when people’s livelihoods are dependent on agriculture and livestock. The pandemic and the war in Ukraine contribute to higher food prices.  

    Q: How is Humanity & Inclusion responding to food insecurity? 

    A holistic approach to addressing food insecurity is the best practice. That entails responding to people’s immediate needs, whether with cash or food, but also looking to longer-term solutions that address the root causes of food insecurity: Supporting people to rely on local food sources so that they are not reliant on rations and foreign aid; increasing people’s economic opportunities so they have a source of income to purchase their own food; and helping communities put in preventive measures that make them more resilient to future challenges.  

    We promote addressing the immediate life-saving needs, such as the provision of food assistance, in addition to the recovery process, which integrates resilience-building interventions and economic inclusion activities, and transitioning to longer-term durable solutions to ensure our work is sustainable, holistic and impactful. 

    Q: You recently spent some time in Ukraine. What things stood out after seeing news of the conflict for many months now? 

    What struck me the most is the strength of the people and their sense of nationalism and community. It’s amazing how they have protected their country from the invasion of Russia to the extent that they have. Communities are welcoming internally displaced people into their cities, towns and villages and establishing centers where local community members are providing food, water and shelter. There is a passion and willingness to work for humanitarian organizations. People have expressed how grateful they are of the support from the international community. 

    How is cash assistance used to target food insecurity in Ukraine? 

    There is a big push from the humanitarian community to distribute multi-purpose cash assistance for food and other basic households needs like hygiene items, medication and shelter. The distribution of cash provides people with a sense of choice and dignity. Cash assistance can stimulate the local economy and can be linked to government funded social services. It can also be done in a larger scale as opposed to rations that have complicated supply chain and logistical considerations.  

    The amount of cash provided is determined by what is needed to cover a household’s monthly expenses (rent, income, cost of basic needs). In Ukraine, individuals receive around $60 and Humanity & Inclusion adds an additional top-up for other specific needs. The money is then distributed virtually through an online banking system. 


  • Kenya | Inclusive education today for inclusive futures tomorrow

    Patrick, 12, is benefitting from digital schooling in the Kakuma refugee camp. Thanks to accessible and adapted materials, he is prepared to achieve all his professional goals.

    Patrick was born with a physical disability. The confines of traditional public schools were making it hard for him to reach his full potential in the classroom. He was not able to balance academics and sports—he loves soccer—and missed some remedial classes as a result.

    The Covid-19 pandemic forced most schools to close, and students remained at home. To allow children to continue their studies, it was crucial to help schools adapt to the situation.

    With a vision of enabling learners with disabilities and young people to continue their education, Humanity & Inclusion and its partners in Kenya significantly expanded access to e-learning and training for refugees and host communities in Kakuma and Kalobeyei. The organization also strengthened capacities for digital learning to be integrated in classes and teaching once schools re-opened.

    Providing more accessible learning

    Ekitabu, a digital learning platform, has helped Patrick keep up with his classes. He is now confident in his ability to excel at school, and is relieved to have fewer physical barriers.  

    “The ability to complete work from anywhere and learn at my own pace has reduced the pressure of having to carry books to and from home every morning,” says Patrick.

    Digital lessons at Patrick’s school are offered at scheduled times. There are also storytelling sessions and audio material available on the platform. According to Lilian, a teacher at Patrick’s school, the introduction of digital learning has helped children with visual, intellectual, physical and complex disabilities to find learning fun. They now have access to tablets and can get adapted materials installed for them.

    “With the introduction of digital lessons by HI in our school, I am now able to find flexibility between classwork and games,” Patrick explains. “At the same time, I like having access to digital content I never knew existed, to help me excel in my education.’’

    This project was supported by the Mastercard Foundation Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Program.


  • Why monthly giving makes your dollars go further

    Did you know monthly giving can be a better option for you and the people we serve? Here are just 5 reasons why you should consider becoming a First Responder with Humanity & Inclusion.

    I pledged my first monthly gift to Humanity & Inclusion in 2013. Since then, I’ve felt confident knowing that my regular contributions allowed the organization to respond quickly and take innovation to the next level – and you can, too. It’s with those dollars that I’ve witnessed my colleagues respond in times of crisis: when earthquakes rocked Nepal and Haiti; when improperly stored explosives blasted the port of Beirut in Lebanon; when super storms battered the Philippines and Mozambique; when war broke out in Yemen and Ukraine; when drought dried up food sources in Madagascar and Ethiopia; when civil unrest drove people from Myanmar to Bangladesh and from Venezuela to Colombia and Peru. In all of these instances, Humanity & Inclusion’s teams needed to respond right away and to stay the course, even years later. 

    At the same time, I’ve seen how my HI colleagues have used these precious regular donations to innovate and create new ways of working; from developing artificial limbs that are 3D printed, to scanning landmine-infested territory with ground penetrating radar aboard drones to adapting physical therapy into telerehabilitation during Covid-19. These monthly gifts have provided the resources needed to develop new and creative programs. – Jeff Meer, U.S. Executive Director at Humanity & Inclusion

     

    1. Control your giving

    When you start a regular gift, you’ll choose the amount you wish to give each month — and you’ll have peace of mind knowing your dollars are being put to work where they are needed most. Whatever amount you choose to give means more people will receive the care and rehabilitation they need and deserve, so they can be safer, feel better, and accomplish more in life. 

    We understand that financial situations can change. So, if you ever decide to increase or decrease your regular donation amount, you can easily do so via our Donor Portal or by contacting us at [email protected]. You can also cancel or pause your plan at any time.

    2. Join a compassionate giving community

    As a monthly donor, you'll be a Humanity & Inclusion First Responder. Each morning, you'll wake up knowing that your generosity is making a difference for someone somewhere.

    You’ll receive exclusive email updates on the impact you’re making: From children with disabilities attending school for the first time, to people injured by explosive weapons taking their first steps with an artificial limb, to families displaced by natural disasters rebuilding their lives. And twice a year, The Next Step newsletter will be delivered right to your door.

    3. Ensure no one is left behind

    For more than 40 years, Humanity & Inclusion has worked alongside people with disabilities, aging individuals, women and girls, landmine survivors and individuals living in situations of extreme hardship. Our teams respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. Your monthly gift provides holistic support from our experts in inclusive education, livelihoods, health, governance, and disaster risk reduction.

    With Humanity & Inclusion, you'll know that each dollar you give funds inclusive aid. People with disabilities will access quality education, jobs and health care; participate in political matters and influence policy; break down barriers and fight discrimination in their communities. Your consistent giving will help our teams plan ahead, bolster existing programs, innovate new solutions and, ultimately, reach even more people.

    4. Launch emergency responses

    We act fast when natural and civil disasters strike. With teams on the ground in 60 countries, Humanity & Inclusion is positioned to provide aid in the immediate aftermath of earthquakes, typhoons and other climate disasters. And in active war zones, our experts transport humanitarian supplies and render medical aid to injured and displaced civilians. With your regular contributions, we can act even faster in these times of immense need.

    5. Be there after crises disappear from headlines

    When floodwaters recede and peace treaties are signed, communities are left to rebuild. Our teams remain by their sides on the path to recovery and healing. Your gifts will help students return to school, people with disabilities start their own businesses, farmers cultivate land cleared of explosive weapons, and injured civilians regain independence with rehabilitation and mental health care.

    We often receive a swell of one-time gifts in the wake of emergencies, but those dollars are quickly spent to meet the immediate needs of the communities we serve. And while we are extremely grateful for those contributions, they only go so far. Giving monthly is the surest way to provide sustainable, long-term support to the people who need it most.



  • Ukraine | ‘My greatest fear was war’

    After her worst fears came true, Irina was forced to leave her life in Ukraine behind. Today, she finds comfort in Humanity & Inclusion’s psychosocial support in Moldova.

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  • Ethiopia | Rehabilitation improves mobility, wellness for Gatluak

    Gatluak Muon used to find daily activities challenging and felt isolated from his community. With physical rehabilitation care from Humanity & Inclusion, he is already experiencing progress.

    Gatluak, 7, lives in the Nguenyyiel refugee camp in Gambella, Ethiopia. Born in South Sudan, warfare forced his family to flee to Ethiopia when he was only 3.

    When she was pregnant with him, Gatluak’s mother did not have access to the medical follow-up she needed, which led to pregnancy complications and developmental delays for her baby. Gatluak was born with cerebral palsy, and began showing signs of intellectual and physical disabilities as a toddler. Movement and speaking were difficult and he did not play with other children his age.

    Gatluak began to show signs of depression due to a lack of attention and support from his family and community. His appearance changed dramatically as he became thin and lost his strength. He experienced pain throughout his body and developed paralysis and muscle spasms, making it difficult to perform simple actions on his own.

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    Improving his independence

    One day, Humanity & Inclusion’s team met Gatluak when conducting door-to-door visits with its community workers. A physical therapist noted that physical rehabilitation could improve his ability to perform everyday activities. After an individual assessment, the physical therapist developed a treatment plan that included various rehabilitation exercises, and they began working together right away.

    At first, it was particularly challenging, since the exercises were sometimes painful. Gatluak worked through the pain and continued performing exercises like stretching and gait trainings to improve his range of motion. He regularly visited Humanity & Inclusion’s physical therapist, and was taught to practice his exercises twice a day. At home, he uses parallel bars that Humanity & Inclusion made for him with locally-sourced materials. Gradually, he’s begun to show progress. After only a few weeks he could walk and stand with minimal assistance.

    Gatluak’s mother also played a significant role in his improvement. She learned the rehabilitation exercises with him and helped him practice at home every day. Humanity & Inclusion’s actions improved the mother-child bond between them and promoted Gatluak’s psychosocial wellbeing.

    Today, the smile on his face says a lot. He is now playful and positively responding to the rehabilitation sessions that help make him more independent.   

    “I’m so happy with my child's improvement,” his mother says. “I hope he will be able to go to school and play with his friends soon.”


  • Pakistan | ’A refugee in my own country’

    Catastrophic flooding across Pakistan has affected more than 33 million people, leaving many without homes or food. Ajab shares his experience and the support he’s received from Humanity & Inclusion.

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  • Cambodia | Sreyka fitted with new artificial limb after outgrowing her first

    After outgrowing her first artificial limb provided by Humanity & Inclusion's team, Sreyka was recently fitted for a new one.

    Sreyka was walking home from school in May 2019 when she was hit by a speeding driver. Seriously injured, she was rushed to a nearby health center and then to the nearest hospital, which lacked the equipment needed to treat her. Sreyka was taken to a pediatric hospital in Cambodia's capital city, where doctors saved her life by amputating her left leg.

    Seven months after the accident, Sreyka visited Humanity & Inclusion’s rehabilitation center in Kampong Cham, an hour from her village. Our team of experts immediately took good care of her, providing her with a custom-fit artificial leg and teaching her how to walk with it. She also participated in physical therapy and mental health counseling sessions, boosting her confidence for her return to school.

    Having outgrown her first artificial leg, Sreyka recently returned to the center to be measured and fitted for a new one. With donor support, Humanity & Inclusion's prosthetic technicians repair and replace artificial limbs when users need them.

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  • Yemen | With new artificial limb, Abdulaleem rediscovers his motivation and ambition

    Abdulaleem survived a mine accident in Yemen. Fitted with an artificial limb by Humanity & Inclusion’s team, he is looking forward to the future.

    Abdulaleem Abd Allah Abo Suraima, 17, lives in southern Yemen with his four brothers and nine sisters. When he was 16, Abdulaleem survived a landmine explosion, but lost his leg. Humanity & Inclusion's rehabilitation services have fitted him with an artificial limb.

    Abdulaleem was working on the farm when he heard an explosion in the mountains. He knew that one of his friends was up there with his herd.

    "I heard him scream,” recalls Abdulaleem. I ran to his aid and that's when another mine exploded beneath me. I lost consciousness."

    Abdulaleem’s brothers and some villagers rushed to help him. They took him to Rada'a hospital, where the doctors managed to stop the bleeding. He was then transferred to a hospital in Sana'a, the country's capital.

    "When we arrived, the doctors said they would have to amputate my leg above the knee,” he explains. “My brother refused–he insisted that they amputate below the knee.”

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    The difficult return home

    Abdulaleem spent almost two months in the hospital after his operation. When he was finally able return home, he was faced with a number of new challenges. He had to use crutches to get around and all his routine activities were now more difficult.

    "I couldn't go to the farm, to the mosque, anywhere,” he says. “Even drinking water was difficult.”

    Losing his leg took its toll on his morale. He lost all motivation and ambition.

    "For me, life had lost its meaning,” he continues. “I only wanted one thing–to get a prosthesis so I could walk again!”

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    A new leg for a new life

    After Humanity & Inclusion’s teams met Abdulaleem, they measured his leg to make an artificial limb. A week later, he was fitted for the prosthetic. He then received rehabilitation treatment to learn to walk with his new leg.

    "After a lot of sessions, I could get around with my prosthesis,” he explains with a smile on his face. “I went home and could walk like before! I got my motivation and ambition back.”

    Thanks to his new artificial leg, Abdulaleem is looking forward to the future again. He has big plans: he wants to build his own house, to get married and to buy a farm to raise sheep.

    "In my village there are many other people with mine injuries,” he adds. “They too are waiting for help. Thank you very much, HI!"


  • Afghanistan | Children conquer war wounds with rehabilitation, psychosocial support

    More than a year after U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan and the Taliban seized control, Humanity & Inclusion's teams continue to work with civilians injured in conflict.

    These photos show three children who are thriving with rehabilitation care and psychosocial support.

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    Sosan, 13, from Naw Badam

    One day, when Sosan and her father were out for a walk, she was hit in the leg by a bullet. Her father rushed her to hospital, but she lost the use of her leg.

    Sosan was given rehabilitation sessions to learn to walk again using a walker. She talked to Marzia, a psychologist with Humanity & Inclusion, who helped her cope with the sadness she was feeling. Today, Sosan is back at school.

    "Whenever I have any free time, I draw, sew or read. I love reading books in English. After my studies, I want to become an English teacher.” 


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    Asef, 10, from Herat

    One day, on their way to school, Asef and his friends approached an unfamiliar object. It was a mine. It exploded, killing his sister and cousins. Asef lost his right leg in the accident. With the support of Humanity & Inclusion, Asef received an artificial limb and crutches. He is now having rehabilitation sessions to learn to walk again.

    "Thanks to the help of Dr Hashimi, I can walk again. In the day, I go to the mosque and draw at home. My school is too far away, so I can't go back there yet. But as soon as I’m better, I want to go back to school. Then I can become a doctor myself and help other people.” 


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    Yasamin, 8, from Herat

    Yasamin was injured by shelling as her family attempted to flee their village. Strengthening her muscles with physical therapy and using a leg brace, she's able to walk again and has returned to school.


  • Pakistan | ‘The floods destroyed all of our belongings’

    Humanity & Inclusion provides 2,000 emergency supply kits to the families affected by flooding in Pakistan.

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  • Haiti | Earthquake survivor receives rehabilitation, psychosocial support

    Jean Mario Joseph was seriously injured in the earthquake that struck Haiti in August 2021, requiring his right leg to be amputated. Today, he receives physical rehabilitation and psychosocial support from Humanity & Inclusion.

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  • Ethiopia | Stimulation therapy prevents development delays amid food crisis

    In Ethiopia, children are increasingly facing food insecurity. Humanity & Inclusion uses stimulation therapy to prevent development delays for children experiencing malnourishment.

    The Horn of Africa is experiencing one of the worst droughts the area has ever seen. In Ethiopia alone, more than 8 million people have been affected and over 17 million people are in need of agricultural support. 4 million livestock have been lost, and 30 million more are at risk of starvation, further reducing food sources. Additionally, the average price of food items has increased by 40% since 2019.

    “When children face malnutrition, it is highly likely that they will suffer developmental delay,” explains Gadisa Obsi, a physical therapist with Humanity & Inclusion in Ethiopia. “They may have difficulty performing daily activities compared to other children of the same age. Malnutrition can also lead to disability in the long term.”

    Preventing long-term consequences

    Humanity & Inclusion is present in the largest refugee camp in Gambella, Ethiopia, supporting displaced children with developmental delays resulting from malnutrition.

    Complementary to nutrition support provided by Humanity & Inclusion partners, stimulation therapy uses play-based rehabilitation exercises to strengthen child development and prevent the disabilities that might occur as a result of malnutrition.

    Obsi and his team identify children in need in the community, provide therapy sessions and do as much follow-up as possible. They also inform caregivers about early-childhood development and the importance of early exposure to stimulated play and human interactions in physical and cognitive development.

    Making a difference

    Nyatut Tholbok is is an 18-month-old child originally from South Sudan. She’s living as a refugee in Gambella with her mother, Nyabem Kher. When she first met Humanity & Inclusion’s team, Nyatut showed signs of severe malnutrition, and her motor skills had suffered tremendously. She struggled to stand on her own, or even to crawl like other children her age. With Humanity & Inclusion’s ongoing therapy sessions and nutrition assistance from partner Action Against Hunger, Nyatut has made noticeable improvements in her follow-up sessions. She has already begun to stand and continues to improve her mobility.

    “The impact on the life of the child, their family and the community is immense,” Obsi explains. “We are so proud to have been successful in preventing developmental delay for many children while they were recovering from malnutrition.”

    These activities are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.