Humanity & Inclusion in Niger
Since 2006, Humanity & Inclusion has been working in Niger to have a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities and/or vulnerable people, by reducing risks and preventing disabilities, improving access to services, and promoting a more inclusive society.
Niger is one of the poorest countries on the planet, and 86.1% of its population lives in extreme poverty. Although they already suffer harsh living conditions, the situation facing people with disabilities is made worse by wide-spread discrimination and socioeconomic inequality.
Due to this discrimination, disabled people have minimal access to education, jobs, and health services. They are also excluded from communities, and their specific needs are rarely taken into account in development actions.
Our Current Work
Since 2012, Humanity & Inclusion has been working to improve the living conditions of refugees in the cities of Niamey and Maradi, who fled the violence in neighboring Mali. Our Niger team is composed of 49 national staff members and three expatriates who work diligently to:
- Promote inclusive education
- Ensure people with disabilities have rights
- Support refugees
- Prevent malnutrition and protect malnourished children
- Secure small arms and light weapons
Ensure All Children Have Access to Education
Through a West African regional project that also takes place in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali, Senegal and Togo, Humanity & Inclusion promotes the inclusion of children with disabilities in Niger's education system.
To ensure children with disabilities benefit from an education that meets their needs, this project focuses on three activities:
- Supporting the parents of children with disabilities
- Training teachers in teaching techniques for children with physical, sensory or mental challenges
- Advocating for national inclusive educational policy
Ensure People with Disabilities Have Rights
Humanity & Inclusion ensures that people with disabilities enjoy the same rights as their fellow citizens. The organization also promotes their full participation in social and economic life by providing technical and organizational support as well as training to Niger's People with Disabilities Federation and local authorities in Niamey and Maradi.
Support for Refugees
Humanity & Inclusion also uses its expertise to support the Malian refugees currently living in Niamey.
The organization has also taken over the management of a reception team and support team that provides refugees with referrals to all the different services they require.
Support for Children
Humanity & Inclusion works in the region of Maradi to protect and reduce the vulnerability of malnourished children and their families.
This project also includes work in preventing potential disability in malnourished children.
Small Arms and Light Weapons
Humanity & Inclusion also runs a project to secure the country's armed forces' weapons and munitions stockpiles to limit the risk of accidents while working simultaneously on the construction and rehabilitation of adapted storage facilities and the destruction of obsolete weapons and munitions.