Elizabeth Johnson Sellers

  • Syria | Sisters share experiences as refugees with disabilities

    Sidra and Marwa are sisters, Syrian refugees, and living with disabilities. Both receive physical therapy care in Lebanon at Mousawat Rehabilitation Center, a Humanity & Inclusion partner.

    Sidra, 15, and Marwa, 16, live with their family of seven in a tent in the Faida Camp for Syrian refugees, in Bekaa, Lebanon. They fled from Syria in 2011, at the beginning of the war.

    Sidra has cerebral palsy and Marwa has scoliosis. Both disabilities cause pain and make it difficult for the sisters to walk and to move. They receive treatment at the Mousawat Rehabilitation Center, to improve their walking and balance, and strengthen their muscles. Physical therapy helps ease their pain and increase mobility, making their daily lives easier and empowering them to go to school.

    During the physical therapy sessions, the girls do exercises to strengthen their arms, legs and core. They use weights, the treadmill and the bicycle. These exercises have a psychological effect, too: to gain physical strength and ability is the first step to boost self-esteem and combat anxiety.

    Daily challenges

    Marwa’s scoliosis affects her physical and social functioning in a similar way. Marwa has experienced several accidents. For instance, she once lost her balance and broke a knee while playing. The injury limited her movement for months, and caused her distress and anxiety.

    “I had a fear that my health situation wouldn’t improve before the school reopened, and I would have to walk with a limp in front of students,” Marwa says.

    They both love playing with other children, but they experience bullying because of their disabilities. By improving their mobility, physical therapy sessions have helped the sisters feel more included at school. 

    “I see my children happier and more excited about life than ever before, whether during daily life activities, helping out at home, learning, playing or even when leaving the house,” their mother says.

    “I hope when we are grown up we will be able find jobs and be able to help our family,” Marwa explains.

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  • Syria | Hashim’s life-changing artificial legs

    When he was 18, Hashim Mohamed Barawi was hit by a mortar in Syria. Doctors had to amputate both of his legs. Now living in Jordan, Hashim shares his story:

    I used to work as a barber. In September 2012, a series of attacks lasting for a couple of hours occurred in my neighborhood. It was around 5 p.m., and a random mortar hit my shop. This incident was a landmark moment in my life. I had injuries all over my body. For months, I was in shock.

    Just after the blast, I was unconscious. I was transferred to the nearest hospital, along with many others who were injured by the bombing. I stayed in the hospital for around 11 days, and when I woke up, the doctors told me they had to amputate both of my legs. I was shocked, and I was really in a lot of pain. Throughout this time, my mother was my pillar of strength and a constant source of support.

    Fleeing violence

    After I left the hospital, I used a wheelchair at all times. We soon decided to move in with relatives in a safer part of Syria, as the situation in my neighborhood worsened. The situation throughout all of Syria had deteriorated. Getting food and basic items became more and more difficult as prices rose. Ultimately, we decided to flee the country in April 2014, to travel to Jordan. We experienced several obstacles along the way, including unmarked borders and rough roadways.

    Walking again

    After arriving in Jordan, I read about Humanity & Inclusion’s efforts to provide people with prosthetic limbs, and I contacted them. With the help of Humanity & Inclusion’s team, I completed rehabilitation sessions and followed a program. They provided me with artificial limbs, a mobility chair, crutches, and a bed to facilitate movement throughout the process.

    The artificial limbs really changed my life. It was a bit challenging at first, and I had to fight through it. I used a wheelchair for almost a year before receiving my first artificial legs; learning how to walk with them and climb stairs was particularly difficult. I faced these difficulties for almost a year and a half. I exercised hard to maintain balance by walking with two crutches at first, then only one, until I was confident enough to walk without crutches. Eventually, I was able to stand on my own for the first time in two years!

    Building a new life

    In 2021, I secured a job in a plastics plant with support from Humanity & Inclusion’s livelihood team. It was another turning point in my life. I felt like things were falling back into place. Now, my family is enjoying stability and bonding. We are settling into our new surroundings and have formed friendships. Today, I am thinking about traveling abroad again to start a new, brighter chapter.

    I miss my previous life in Syria, my friends, my evenings out, and my favorite places, but now I store all these memories in my mind and heart. There is no hope of returning to Syria. The circumstances will not allow it, and the situation has not changed.

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  • Ukraine Conflict: Bombing, shelling in populated areas cause incredible suffering for civilians

    (Silver Spring, Maryland) — Since February 24, 2022, and the beginning of a large-scale military conflict in Ukraine, cities across the country have been the target of devastating weapons strikes. Main cities like Kharkiv and the capital, Kyiv, have been subjected to heavy bombing.

    According to early reports, 100 civilians have been killed and 300 injured. Bombing and shelling in populated areas cause harm to civilians in a tragically predictable way, which has been systematically observed across conflicts. Humanity & Inclusion calls for an immediate end to the hostilities, and for the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructures from the effects of war. The use of explosive weapons in populated areas must stop. Civilians in Ukraine must have access to humanitarian aid, and their movements must be protected when they flee the conflict.

    A recurring pattern of harm

    Recent conflicts marked by massive use of explosive weapons in populated areas – like in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq – but also in East Ukraine in 2014-2017 and in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020 – show a recurring pattern of harm to civilians:

    • When used in populated areas, 90% of the people injured and killed by explosive weapons are civilians. 400 civilians have already been killed or injured, mainly by explosive weapons in populated areas including shelling from heavy artillery and multi-launch rocket systems, and air strikes, according to the United Nations. Reports in Kyiv and other cities, such as Kharkiv, show families bunkering down in subways and basements to protect themselves from bombing and shelling.
    • During war between 2014 and 2021 in East Ukraine, more than 14,000 people were killed, including nearly 3,400 civilians. Civilians accounted for 89% of explosive weapons casualties, according to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs-PAX.

    Injuries caused by explosive weapons are complex, difficult to heal, may cause life-long pain or discomfort, and often lead to permanent disabilities. The psychological trauma due to bombing can also affect an entire population.

    Bombing and shelling in populated areas damage and destroy civilian infrastructure, including vital services like hospitals, water supply, and schools. Even when a military infrastructure is targeted, an explosive weapon in a populated area is very likely to damage civilians and civilian infrastructures surrounding it.

    “There is no such thing as a ‘surgical strike.’ We know that the imprecision or the power of the explosion causes inevitable damage to civilians," says Jeff Meer, U.S. Executive Director of Humanity & Inclusion. "A strike aimed at a military target, like an airport for example, can hit a residential area located almost 1,000 feet away.”

    Bombing and shelling in populated areas also cause massive displacement of populations. So far, the United Nations reports that 400,000 people have fled Ukraine to protect themselves from combat, bombing and shelling.

    Bombing and shelling result in massive contamination by explosive remnants of war, which pose a threat to civilians both during and after hostilities and prevents the safe return of refugees and displaced persons.

    “Consequences of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas are tragically predictable," Meer adds. "Most of the people killed or injured are civilians. Widespread bombing causes complex injuries and psychological trauma. Populations are displaced and vital infrastructure like schools, hospitals, bridges, power plants, and clean water supply are destroyed. Explosive remnants are left behind, and can threaten the population for decades. There is only one solution: To stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.”

    The use of forbidden weapons

    Reports also mention the use of illegal weapons. According to Amnesty International, a preschool in the town of Okhtyrka in Sumy Oblast, North-Eastern Ukraine, was hit on February 25 by cluster munitions – weapons banned by the Oslo Treaty since 2008. Civilians had taken shelter inside the school, but the attack killed three people, including a child. Another child was wounded. The attack appears to have been carried out by Russian forces, which were operating nearby.

    Ukraine is already heavily contaminated by landmines, especially in East Ukraine where the former front was located since 2014, contributing to the forced displacement of between 1.3 and 1.6 million people. Anti-personnel landmines have been banned by the Ottawa Treaty since 1997.

    The ongoing humanitarian situation

    Almost 8 million people are affected by the conflict and 400,000 people have fled the country since the start of a full-scale war in Ukraine last week, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Sunday. The U.N. estimates that the displacement could grow to as many as 5 million people. The U.N.’s refugee agency said half of those fleeing have entered or are en route to Poland, while other displaced civilians left for Hungary, Moldova and Romania.

    In an emergency situation, people with disabilities or older persons often face great difficulties to meet basic needs, seek shelter, and flee conflict zones to protect themselves from violence. They are also facing obstacles accessing humanitarian aid.

    “Humanitarian access will be a major concern," notes Humanity & Inclusion's Emergency Director, Fanny Mraz. "In 2021, humanitarian assistance was blocked for the most severely affected areas in the Donbass region, leaving the populations of Donetsk and Luhansk (specifically those in the ‘nongovernment controlled areas’) isolated and with limited to no access to basic services. The Covid-19 restrictions have worsened the situation.”

    Emergency mission in preparation

    Humanity & Inclusion is currently preparing to deploy an exploratory mission in Ukraine and in neighboring countries including Romania, Poland, and Moldova. It will consist of two teams focusing on humanitarian needs, security, access and operational context, response possibilities and partners identification.

    Humanity & Inclusion will focus on the most vulnerable affected populations, including displaced families, refugees, women, children, people with disabilities, and elderly people - noting the very high percentage of people over the age of 60, and with chronic diseases in Ukraine.

    Needs for rehabilitation, psychosocial support, shelter assistance, access to food supply and water and sanitation, the inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian aid, and logistic support for humanitarian organizations, among others, will be the main sectors explored by Humanity & Inclusion.

    “Almost 400,000 people have already taken refuge in countries neighboring Ukraine and thousands of others are displaced within Ukraine," Meer notes. "In such a situation, when a large part of the population flees an armed conflict, the main humanitarian needs are foreseeable. People need shelter; they need to have access to food and clean water. We also have to ensure that injured people, people with disabilities and vulnerable people like the elderly, receive the rehabilitation care they need. We must deliver psychological support to ease the shock caused by violence and displacement. The displaced population is mainly comprised of families with children.”

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    About Humanity & Inclusion

    Humanity & Inclusion is an independent international aid organization, working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster for 40 years. Working alongside people with disabilities and people living in situations of extreme vulnerability, our action and testimony focus on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions, and promoting respect for their dignity and basic rights.

    Humanity & Inclusion has set up development programs in more than 60 countries and intervenes in numerous emergency situations. The network of eight national associations (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States) mobilizes resources, jointly manages projects, and increases the impact of the organization’s principles and actions. The organization has numerous prizes to its name, including the 2011 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the 1996 Nansen Prize, and two 2020 European Union Horizon Prizes for innovation. Humanity & Inclusion acts and campaigns in places where “living in dignity” is no easy task. 


  • Madagascar | Back-to-back cyclones carry lasting impact

    The immediate impact of Cyclone Emnati is still uncertain, but the long-term consequences will be significant. Humanity & Inclusion is supporting affected families recovering from back-to-back cyclones.

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  • Madagascar | Cyclone Emnati to make landfall

    Madagascar prepares for another intense tropical cyclone, Emnati, to make landfall Tuesday. Humanity & Inclusion is working alongside targeted communities in their preparations and recovery.

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  • Madagascar | Tropical storm threatens communities recovering from Cyclone Batsirai

    While Humanity & Inclusion plans supply distributions to families who have lost everything in Cyclone Batsirai, the north of the island is experiencing Tropical Storm Dumako.

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  • Madagascar | After Batsirai, communities brace for second powerful cyclone

    Experiencing one of its worst cyclone seasons in years, Madagascar prepares for a new storm: Emnati, while still recovering from the devastation of Batsirai. Humanity & Inclusion doubles-down on response efforts before it makes landfall.

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  • Philippines | Typhoon Rai survivors rebuild their lives

    Humanity & Inclusion teams continue to assist people affected by Super Typhoon Rai, which slammed into the Philippines on Dec. 16.

    Millions of people have been directly affected by Super Typhoon Rai (locally called Odette), which has left many without shelter, electricity, access to earning a living, or clean water. The passage of the typhoon, combined with 18 months of crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, has generated a major humanitarian crisis in the impacted part of the Philippines.

    Following the onslaught of Typhoon Rai, Humanity & Inclusion deployed two teams to assess urgent humanitarian needs in the field. The organization is now assisting disaster-affected people in the provinces of Surigao City and Bohol, both devastated by the storm.

    The violent typhoon caused much more damage than initially expected, and 405 people were killed. More than 10 million people are affected. Approximately 1.7 million houses were damaged or destroyed and nearly 25 million acres of crops were ravaged in seven regions. Millions of families have lost their homes or live in extreme poverty, and 2.2 million workers have no income or have been directly affected, according to a recent OCHA report.

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    Prioritizing disaster response

    Humanity & Inclusion focuses its efforts on the most affected people, prioritizing people with disabilities and individuals in particularly vulnerable circumstances. This includes aging individuals and people with health complications, who are often left out of humanitarian responses or unable to access aid.

    Humanity & Inclusion’s teams provide them with cash transfers to meet their basic needs. Staff also distribute hygiene kits containing soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, sanitary towels, a bedpan, fabric masks and 5-gallon water jug to help to respond to situations where there is no longer access to running water or sanitation facilities.

    Emergency shelter kits

    Teams are also distributing emergency shelter kits in the Bohol province, including sheets, tools other home-repair equipment. The organization also supplies households with solar-powered lamps, mosquito nets, bedding and cooking supplies. Humanity & Inclusion is working in partnership with Shelter Box, an international disaster relief that provides emergency shelter and other aid items to families who have lost their homes to disaster or conflict, and in conjunction with local authorities.

    “I can repair my home myself if I get construction materials,” says Raul Evardo, a stroke survivor, husband and father of two, whose house was blown away by the typhoon.

    Evardo stayed behind in his village while his wife and children went to Buenavista city where they work and study. Once the electricity is reconnected and he has dealt with his most pressing problems, he plans to start welding again and find a job. He hopes to build a more robust house and put this nightmare behind him.

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  • Afghanistan | 100 rehabilitation patients per week

    Mohammad Rasool manages Humanity & Inclusion’s programs in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where the organization has been running a rehabilitation center since 1996.

    Due to a collapsing economy, drought and consequences following years of war, the humanitarian context has significantly deteriorated. Since U.S. military troops left and the government was overturned in August, people have been flocking to the Kandahar rehabilitation center.

    What kinds of people visit the rehabilitation center in Kandahar?

    The vast majority of people are victims of the war and of explosive weapons. Last November, I met an 8-year-old girl from Zabul Province, which neighbors Kandahar. A mortar bomb hit her house while she was playing at home with her cousins. She was badly injured in the blast, and she was taken to several hospitals for treatment. Her father and family live on very little income, unable to afford the cost of transportation to Kandahar. After many difficult months, her family finally managed to transport her to Kandahar where she received treatment. Unfortunately, by then, her left leg had to be amputated.

    Humanity & Inclusion’s team at the center worked with the young girl for several weeks as she recovered from the operation. We provided rehabilitation sessions to increase her mobility, strength and balance. Finally, when she was ready, measurements were taken and she received a prosthetic leg.  

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    What is the rehabilitation landscape in Afghanistan?

    The rehabilitation needs are immense. People come to the center every day, sometimes from very far away. For some families, the journey to the center takes an entire day, as there are only two rehabilitation centers that serve the south of the country. Since August 2021, we have seen a major increase in patient numbers. More people have been able to access the center since the fighting; roadblocks and strict security measures have ended. Now, we receive more than 100 people a week at the Kandahar center.

    How strong is the connection between disability and explosive remnants of war?

    Based on our data from the center, the majority of the people have acquired disabilities following contact with explosives, landmines and other remnants of war. In Afghanistan, the prevalence of disability is very high: 80% of the Afghan population has some form of disability due to the presence of mines, explosive remnants of war, armed conflicts and limited access to health and nutrition services. 

    What is the general situation in Afghanistan six months after the Taliban seized power?

    More than half the population is in need of humanitarian assistance. People are really struggling with poverty, displacement, drought, and the ongoing risks associated with improvised explosive devices. The country’s health system is overwhelmed and the economy is collapsing. Many struggle just to get food. With no more cash in circulation, civil servants have not been paid for months and people are unable to buy goods.

    How is Humanity & Inclusion responding?

    Humanity & Inclusion provides rehabilitation care as the medical system in the country is unable to meet the current demand. As physical therapy services are scarce, we have a national plan to train more than 120 physical therapists over the course of a 3-year curriculum. Humanity & Inclusion also provides psychosocial support to many people experiencing stress and anxiety since there are very few mental health services in the country. We also conduct risk education sessions, as the presence of mines and explosive remnants of war remain a daily threat to the population.

    Teams in Kunduz and Herat started providing cash assistance to support families with the lowest income. We will provide between six and nine allowances of $200, targeting 1,600 families. This financial support will enable them to buy food and access basic services like medical care.

    Humanity & Inclusion in Afghanistan

    Humanity & Inclusion has worked in Afghanistan since 1987 and is active in the five provinces Kandahar, Nimroz, Herat, Kunduz, and Kabul. The organization’s actions include physical rehabilitation, psychosocial support, mine risk education, training of new physical therapists and cash assistance.

    Annually, Humanity & Inclusion assists approximately 9,000 survivors of conflict and people with disabilities at the physical rehabilitation center in Kandahar alone. Additionally, mobile teams support thousands of internally displaced people, returnees, and people with disabilities annually.

    Currently, Humanity & Inclusion has 370 staff, including 114 women, based in Afghanistan.

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  • Yemen | ‘I am shocked by the diversity of the contamination’

    After seven years of war, Yemen is heavily contaminated by mines, remnants of bombs, and other explosive weapons. Humanity & Inclusion is raising awareness about the dangers they pose.

    Douglas Kilama, Humanity & Inclusion risk education coordinator, explains how explosive weapons impact Yemen and the civilians living there.

    What is the extent of the contamination in Yemen?

    It is impossible to have a precise idea or even an estimate of the contamination due to the current fighting and the impossibility to collect data. But Yemen is believed to be one of the most heavily contaminated countries in the world.

    I am shocked by the diversity of the contamination here: mines, improvised mines, abandoned explosive ordnances, unexploded ordnances, improvised explosive devices cluster munitions, etc. The extent of the contamination by improvised mines is unbelievable. Analysis of some 2,400 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) since 2017 found that 70% of them are mines of improvised nature: meaning they are detonated by the presence, proximity, or contact of a person or a vehicle.

    Contamination is especially high along Yemen’s west coast, near the strategic port of Hodeida, Taiz governorate and more recently around Marib, a focus of intense fighting in 2020. These mines are used in a traditional fashion: in order to slow down or block the progress of enemy forces or protect a strategic point. We also got reports on marine mines and marine improvised mines in Mocha and Hodeida. Civilians are always the first victims of this contamination.

    How these IEDs are produced?

    There are large stocks of explosive ordnance which are either unexploded or abandoned in Yemen. They can be used as raw material to produce IEDs. After aerial bombings, remnants of exploded bombs can also be used as raw material to produce improvised explosive devices. But parties to armed conflicts are not the only one to use mines. Recent UN experts indicate the rising use of improvised devices by criminal groups.

    Where and how do mine-related incidents occur?

    The UN Humanitarian Needs Overview for Yemen reported 1,300 civilians “affected in landmine or explosive remnants related incidents” in 2020. Most of the accidents occur during people’s daily activities: going to a well to fetch water, farming crops or tending livestock, using public infrastructures such as roads, buildings, education and health facilities. Accidents occur in urban areas as well as in rural areas. For the vast majority of the population, the presence of this contamination is new, and they do not know how to deal with it. They have no knowledge on the danger. Risk education programs are urgently needed to avoid accident and protect the population.

    What action is Humanity & Inclusion taking against this contamination?

    We will start awareness campaigns in Mocha and Al-Khokha districts of Taiz and Al-Hodeida governorates respectively as well as Hajjah, Sanaa and Aden governorates in March. We will have eight teams of two Risk Education Agents each to conduct awareness sessions in hospitals, schools, and public infrastructures. We also plan door-to-door sessions in the south, and with internally displaced people at camps as there are still large movements of population to and from Hodeida and Taiz.

    The messages are very simple: First, we present images of explosive devices for the audience to recognize the threats. Stop, do not approach or touch, warn others nearby not to approach or touch it, remember the place by putting a warning sign from a safe distance, return the way that you came from and seek a safe route. Report the location of the object to authority.

    The audience are also made aware of common places where these items are most likely to be found by teaching them how to identify warning signs and clues indicating possible presence of explosive ordnance in their areas and how to avoid them.

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    Douglas Felix Kilama is the Risk Education Coordinator for Humanity & Inclusion in Yemen. He is based in Sanaa.

    Douglas has 20 years of experience in humanitarian work with specialization in explosive ordnance risk education, victim assistance and protection of children associated with armed forces or groups. In addition to Yemen, he has worked in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jordan, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Uganda.

    He holds a M.A in Diplomacy & International Studies from Uganda Martyrs University and B.A in Literature and Political Science from Makerere University.

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  • Haiti | Six months after earthquake, rehabilitation needs persist

    In its ongoing support of Haiti earthquake survivors, Humanity & Inclusion works to fill the rehabilitation gap in affected communities.

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  • Haiti | Overcoming security barriers to deliver aid

    With security risks still high across Haiti, Humanity & Inclusion Project Manager Mats Baradeau explains how the organization’s logistics platform overcomes challenges to deliver aid by land and sea.

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  • Philippines | Grassroots organizations of persons with disabilities need increased support

    Victor Rescober, Vice President of the Philippine Blind Union, one of Humanity & Inclusion’s partners, explains why it is essential to support community-based organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs).

    The Global Disability Summit (GDS), held Feb. 15-17, 2022, can be a very significant event for people with disabilities if their voices are heard and if the international community addresses their needs properly and respects their human rights. We must therefore encourage greater participation by grassroots-level OPDs. It is essential to provide these organizations with the support they need to attend or be represented at international events like the GDS.

    All supporting organizations advocating for the rights, development and empowerment of persons with disabilities should consult persons with disabilities directly and encourage their active participation. They should be included in every stage, from planning through to policy development and programming. Supporting organizations should also help grassroots and community-based OPDs to access funding for their development projects.

    Humanity & Inclusion is in the forefront when it comes to implementing clear, concrete policies and good practices for the empowerment of persons with disabilities. Working with Humanity & Inclusion is really fulfilling and meaningful as this is an organization that seeks to ensure that the full potential of persons with disabilities is being recognized and enhanced.

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    Philippine Blind Union

    The Philippine Blind Union (PBU) is the national federation of and for people with visual impairments in the Philippines. There are approximately 500,000 blind or visually impaired people in the country and the majority of them are poor and uneducated. We advocate for the promotion, protection and exercise of their basic human rights, we raise public awareness and fight for policy development.

    The PBU works on inclusive education and training, employment and livelihood programs for blind and visually impaired people, as well as on accessibility. We ensure equal access to programs and services by providing assistive devices, such as white canes. We also provide mobile phones for senior high school students with visual impairments to allow them to access online classes.

    The road to inclusion

    Inclusion is not limited to social, economic, cultural or political aspects. Inclusion means that persons with disabilities are able to actively and meaningfully participate in all aspects of daily life, just like anybody else. 

    In the education field, we have seen an increase in the enrollment of special-needs education students in public elementary schools. According to the Department of Education, the numbers rose from 37,000 special-needs education students in 2014-2015 to 42,000 in 2015-2016. Over the same period, there were an estimated 40,000 blind and visually impaired children of school age, according to the Resources for the Blind Inc. However, inclusive education is still at the very early stages in the Philippines, although a national policy is currently under discussion.

    Much advocacy is still needed to achieve concrete outcomes in health and humanitarian action. Even when national guidelines exist, implementing good practices remains a challenge. This has been especially true during the Covid-19 pandemic. So, persons with disabilities must really get out there and voice their needs if they are not to be left behind.  

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  • Madagascar | Casualties from Cyclone Batsirai continue to rise

    Needs assessments across cyclone-affected regions of Madagascar reveal extensive damage. Humanity & Inclusion plans supply distributions to families who have lost everything.

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  • Madagascar | ‘I will have to rebuild everything’

    More than 70,000 people were affected by Cyclone Batsirai in Madagascar. Josephine shared her experience with Humanity & Inclusion’s teams, which are conducting assessments in impacted communities.  

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  • Madagascar | Damage reported as Cyclone Batsirai advances

    Humanity & Inclusion teams are visiting some of the most affected areas less than 24 hours after Cyclone Batsirai first made landfall on Madagascar. The storm has not finished its devastating path across Madagascar.

    The cyclone’s damage is significant so far. At least 5 people have died and 52,000 people have lost their homes. It is likely those numbers will rise as initial assessments are conducted.

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  • Madagascar | As Cyclone Batsirai arrives, teams take shelter

    Humanity & Inclusion teams are now in lockdown to protect themselves from the Category 4 cyclone, about to hit the coast of Madagascar with winds of over 108 mph. Contingency stocks have been replenished to enable distributions to families affected by the storm as soon as the alert is lifted.

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  • published Madagascar Cyclone Updates 2022-02-04 10:59:13 -0500

  • Madagascar Cyclone Intro

    Humanity & Inclusion responded to Cyclone Batsirai and its devastating impacts on the communities we serve. Below are key updates from the team there: