In Somalia, Humanity & Inclusion continues to run programs under the operating name "Handicap International."
Humanity & Inclusion in Somalia
Operating in the Somaliland since 1992, Humanity & Inclusion works with local organizations for people with disabilities to promote the rights of people with disabilities, especially women and children.
It improves political participation for people with disabilities, especially in the November 2017 elections and also works to ensure that vulnerable groups are included in emergency response efforts to the famine in West Africa.
In 1991, Somaliland proclaimed itself a state after three years of bloody civil war. The country is currently fairly calm and functional, but the security situation is fragile due to weak state control, ineffective law enforcement, and the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
Our Current Work
Currently, Humanity & Inclusion employs a team of 15 national staff members who work attentively to:
Ensure People with Disabilities Have Rights
Working with the government of Somaliland, Humanity & Inclusion has helped establish and provides continuing support for, Organizations for People with Disabilities (OPDs or DPOs) to empower people with disabilities to advocate for their political rights.
The organization also provides technical support and funding to these DPOs and raises awareness among the general public and local officials of the necessity for an inclusive political system.
Humanity & Inclusion promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in programs deployed by humanitarian organizations responding to the famine in West Africa. The organization works to do the following:
- Detect barriers to inclusion
- Raise humanitarian organizations' awareness
- Identify children with disabilities, individuals suffering from malnutrition and developmental delays
The organization also trains volunteers to support malnourished children, especially through stimulative physical therapy.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been working in the Somaliland for more than 27 years, promoting inclusion for ALL people with disabilities and who are vulnerable. Over time, we have evolved our work to meet the dynamic needs of the communities where we serve.
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Humanity & Inclusion worked with DPOs in Somaliland to improve the quality, accessibility, and durability of rehabilitation services for victims of armed conflicts.
This project focused on three objectives:
- Training members of DPOs in leadership and management skills
- Providing financial support for civic education sessions
- Supporting advocacy campaigns for inclusion
In Garowe, Puntland, Humanity & Inclusion trained village leaders to run road safety awareness campaigns for children, pedestrians, and drivers.
The organization also ran workshops with the local authorities to define road safety policies.