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Profile of Handicap International

About Handicap International Federation

Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused in responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.

Since July 2010, Handicap International is a federation of 8 national associations (France, Germany, Belgium, Canada, United-States, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, and Switzerland). Handicap International runs projects in 61 countries and employs almost 3300 people worldwide, 330 of whom work in France and the European and North American national associations.

The Target Populations and the Goal of Our Actions
Handicap International works on behalf of people with disabilities, which include:
• Populations at risk of diseases, violence or accidents liable to cause disability;
• Vulnerable populations and in particular disabled people and people living with chronic disabling diseases;
• Refugee populations, populations living in disaster areas or populations displaced by crises, conflicts and catastrophes, and especially among those people who are vulnerable, injured and disabled;
• Populations threatened by weapons, munitions and explosive devices during or in the aftermath of military conflicts.

Handicap International acts not only on behalf of people with disabilities, but also for their family and direct support, their community and society. In promoting an inclusive approach, Handicap International seeks not only to develop services for people with disabilities, but also to ensure that people with disabilities have access to those services intended for everybody.

In these contexts, Handicap International’s action aims at achieving the following goals:
• To prevent invalidity, impairment, and disability linked to diseases, accidents, and violence.
• To ensure the service offer in our sectors of activity is available, adapted, and accessible.
• To strengthen capacities, to promote social participation, and the application and exercising of our beneficiary public’s rights.

Strategy of Intervention
Handicap International promotes people with disabilities in global terms by working:
• At different levels: within communities, services, and systems level, as well as at the national level.
• At different stages: from prevention of disability to the social, educational and economic integration of people in disabling situations.
• On different factors: personal factors and environmental factors

Handicap International intervenes to answer to emergency situations through preparedness and a rapid reaction capacity that enable us to respond in a timely manner and in accordance with the scale of the event. It may be implemented anywhere in the world, regardless of whether we are already on site and without any obligation to follow up with development action.

Handicap International Indonesia & Timor-Leste Program

Handicap International in Indonesia
Handicap International Indonesia Programme is working in two folds: emergency and development. Handicap International intervenes to answer the crisis situations specifically and when Handicap International is working in the country already. In emergency fold, in January 2005, Handicap International provided an emergency response for people with injuries, respiratory complications, and disabilities after the devastated tsunami in December 2004. During the earthquake in Yogyakarta on May 2006 to December 2007, Handicap International was on site and organized activities to answer the needs of injured people in term of physical rehabilitation, and facilitating the access of people with disabilities to mainstreaming assistance.

Handicap International provided an emergency response for people with disabilities and vulnerability during the eruption of Mt. Merapi in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Klaten, and Magelang in October 2010 to March 2011, small scale flood in Betun, East Nusa Tenggara in July 2013 and eruption of Mt. Kelud in East Java in March 2014.

In development fold, Handicap International worked in Surakarta from September 2005 - 2006, to improve prosthetics and orthotics education and services, research and development in term of consumables and components. Handicap International has implemented several development projects in 10 provinces (Aceh, West Java, DI Yogyakarta, Central Java, East Java, South Sulawesi, Gorontalo, Bali, East Nusa Tenggara, and West Nusa Tenggara). The following sectors of activity are Physical Rehabilitation, Inclusive Education, Local development, Accessibility, Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction, Rights and Advocacy.

Handicap International Indonesia Programme, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs of Republic of Indonesia and their provincial branches, also civil society communities, in implementation of the projects and identification how we can support the programmes of Ministry of Social Affairs of Republic of Indonesia at national and provincial levels.

Handicap International in Timor-Leste
Activities had been carried out by Handicap International in Timor Leste during the period of 2001, 2002, and 2003, just before and after the country reached its independence. The implemented activities were mainly focused on physical rehabilitation with provision of rehabilitation services in centre handled by nuns and other diverse local associations.

In February 2012, a new office has been opened in Dili, Timor-Leste, in accordance with the new Handicap International Federation global strategy and possibility for Handicap International Indonesia Programme to develop its program with a regional scope. We have developed good coordination and collaboration with Ministry of Social and Solidarity in Timor-Leste, DPOs, and civil society communities.

Our Strategies
In December 2012, a new Regional Program Framework (RFP) has been designed for the 3 coming years (2013 – 2015). The goal of the regional program is to ensure that, in emergency and development settings, people with disabilities and vulnerable groups have better access to services and increase their participation to political and public life.
More specifically, the RPF aims to promote:
• People with disabilities and vulnerable groups in becoming actors of their own development.
• Mainstream and disability-specific services in including and becoming accessible to people with disabilities.
• Decision-makers aware of disability issues to actively support and promote people with disabilities’ access to services and participation in public and political life.
• Emergency responses that adequately include vulnerable groups with special focus on people with disabilities and their priorities.

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