Handicap International Federation is an international solidarity organization specialized in the field of disability. Non-governmental, non-religious, non-political and non-profit making, it works alongside people with disabilities offering them assistance and supporting them in their efforts to become self-reliant. The organization was created in France in 1982 and is now active in more than 60 countries. In 1997, Handicap International received the Nobel Peace Prize for its assistance to the victims of landmines and as a co-founder of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
A world in which all forms of disabilities can be prevented and people with disabilities are cared for, included in their communities and their rights are respected and applied.
OUR OBJECTIVES IN CHINA
Handicap International has been working in China since 1998. Our objective is to promote the rights and socio-economic inclusion of people with disabilities, especially in poor rural areas, through pilot projects implemented in close cooperation with Government and civil society partners as well as Disabled Persons’ Organizations. (DPOs).
The projects developed in 2013-2014 are located in Guangxi, Sichuan, Tibet, Yunnan and Beijing.
Our approach is guided by the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which was ratified by China in 2008. Our work includes both long term development as well as emergency projects
Access to quality rehabilitation services is key for people with disabilities in gaining autonomy and engaging in daily life activities. Handicap International has provided training in physiotherapy and orthopedics in Tibet, Yunnan and Beijing to disability professionals serving their communities.
Handicap International works to improve the social inclusion of people with disabilities and their families into the community, in accordance with the Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) approach developed by the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization and UNESCO.
Handicap International is currently implementing projects in 7 areas in Guangxi, Tibet, Yunnan and Beijing in collaboration with the local branches of the Disabled Persons’ Federation. The experience gained from these projects has been consolidated and shared at the national level with the China Disabled Persons’ Federation.
Community Based Rehabilitation
Our aim is to empower people with disabilities to be active members of their communities. These projects include the creation of self-help groups, the promotion of the participation of people with disabilities in decision making and the establishment of community disability action plans.
Starting from 2015, Handicap International will initiate projects in the field of Mental Health at the community level.
Education for all
The goal is to promote access to education for all people with disabilities, using a number of different strategies: better inclusion of children with disabilities in mainstream schools, improved teaching techniques in special schools and informal and vocational education in the community.
The goal is to improve the livelihood opportunities of people with disabilities, by providing better access to vocational training, developing links and better understanding between employers and people with disabilities and by offering micro-credit and grants to disabled entrepreneurs.
Support to disability-focused civil society organizations and associations of people with disabilities
In 2008, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) was brought into force. This represents a significant step towards addressing the poverty and social exclusion experienced by people with disabilities. However, significant gaps between the standards set by the CRPD and national policies remain.
Handicap International is working alongside existing and newly created disability civil society organizations and associations of people with disabilities. Our support includes capacity building training in governance, management, and technical expertise in the field of disability as well as improving exchanges among different similar organizations.
Emergency and post-emergency support in earthquake areas
Handicap International’s emergency response team takes action to assist the most vulnerable, in particular people with disabilities, injured and displaced people. Handicap International, in partnership with the local organization “You & Me Community Center”, provides physical rehabilitation support to the survivors of the earthquakes in Sichuan and Yunnan (2013-2014).