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Good News from May 2024

Explosive weapons Health Inclusion Rights
Colombia Madagascar South Sudan

Good news in May at HI: demining in Colombia, rehabilitation in South Sudan, and inclusive education in Madagascar.

A teenage girl walks along a path to school.

Norcia has been deaf since birth and is an inclusion ambassador for HI in Madagascar. | © Mangafeo / HI


Over 4,600 square yards of land have been freed from the threat of mines in Pescadito

More than 100 inhabitants of this indigenous territory in the municipality of Acandí in Colombia are celebrating: HI's demining teams have now finished clearing over 4,600 square yards of their land, removing the threat of potential explosive devices and making it safe for use again. This land is vital to the community for hunting and collecting medicinal plants.

South Sudan

Regaining her independence through mobility

Veronika is a 28-year-old woman who has paralysis. She was having a difficult time getting around. A few weeks ago, her life was transformed when she was given a tricycle! Being mobile has made her more independent and helped her experience a newfound community! Today, thanks to the tricycle, she's looking forward to a bright future.


Helping to change perceptions of disability

Norcia, 17, has been deaf since birth. After initially struggling to keep up at school, she is now benefiting from a more inclusive approach to education. As well as attending school, Norcia is an inclusion ambassador for HI, a role she takes very seriously. She sees it as a way of changing mentalities in Madagascar!


HI's demining work in Colombia receives funding from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement.
Veronika's new tricycle was made possible thanks to funding from USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA).
Date published: 05/31/24


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