Humanity & Inclusion in Laos
Our teams in Laos work closely with institutions and civil societies to address the major causes of disability in the country and to protect and promote the rights of people with disabilities.
Laos has the highest level of contamination from explosive remnants of war of any country on the planet. More than 50 years after the first U.S. bombings during the war in Vietnam, Laos remains heavily contaminated by cluster munitions, and children are the main victims of these weapons.
Humanity & Inclusion has helped victims of mines and explosive remnants of war in Laos since 1983. Our mission has grown since 2010.
Areas of Intervention
- Disability prevention
- Fighting discrimination against people with disabilities
- Including people with disabilities in work
- Risk education on landmines and explosive remnants of war
Humanity & Inclusion's 110 staff in Laos are working to reduce the threat of cluster munitions and explosive remnants of war. Teams of mine clearance experts work alongside villagers affected by the presence of these weapons to clear land, destroy devices and raise awareness of the dangers they represent.
At the same time, the organization runs development projects to reduce the risk of disability and improve the social inclusion of people with disabilities. Teams focus on access to employment or entrepreneurship for people with disabilities by providing personalized support and training on how to start their own business. Humanity & Inclusion is also involved in training organizations run by and for people with disabilities to campaign for their rights.
In an effort to prevent disability in children under 5 years old, Humanity & Inclusion promotes the early detection of disability, runs disability awareness activities and organizes stimulation therapy sessions for infants. Humanity & Inclusion also aims to improve access to education for disadvantaged children in the Champasak and Huaphan provinces, and to improve the reading skills of all children—particularly those with disabilities and students who do not speak the Lao language—in the Champasak, Xiengkhouang and Vientiane provinces.
Teams also aims to reduce HIV/AIDS and diseases such as malaria among women, children and teenagers by conducting research, implementing a response model in villages, and training health-sector workers who visit villages.
Finally, Humanity & Inclusion works to improve the care provided to people requiring rehabilitation, collaborating with public bodies to develop the country’s rehabilitation sector and providing training for professionals working in this field.