In a country marked by political turmoil, HI strives to ensure that children with disabilities have access to education.
Group of children in Guinea-Bissau | © C. Acworth / HI
Actions in process
HI has been working in Guinea-Bissau since 2000. The first activities were carried out in the field of functional rehabilitation, the economic inclusion of people with disabilities and the campaign against mines and explosive remnants of war. From 2015, HI resumed its activities in Guinea-Bissau: providing support to civil society, making education more inclusive for children with disabilities and raising awareness about HIV and disability.
Since 2020, HI has been working to ensure access to education for children with disabilities at national level, by supporting the creation of a General Directorate of Inclusive Education. The association is also working on improving dining halls accessibility and raising awareness about disability. HI is working in the regions of Bissau, Cacheu, Oio, Bafatá and Biombo.
Situation of the country
Guinea-Bissau is one of the poorest countries in the world. Affected by chronic instability, the country faces many challenges.
Guinea-Bissau's economy is disrupted by political instability. The agricultural food sector and cashew nut production, which remains the cornerstone of the economy, are the main sources of growth. This economic concentration has a direct impact on the poorest in terms of inclusion and food security.
Due to Guinea-Bissau's history of conflict, there are a significant number of weapons circulating in the country and it is considered that every Guinea-Bissau household owns at least one firearm. The country may face natural hazards related to flooding in the lowlands, which could reduce the area used for rice cultivation and market gardening.
Number of HI staff members: 4
Date the programme opened: 2000