The organisation implements development projects to promote access to rehabilitation care and the professional and social inclusion of people with disabilities.
Fymee and Moise both lost legs in the 2010 earthquake, Humanity & Inclusion Haiti | © William Daniels / HI
Actions in process
In the West, South-East and North of the country, HI contributes to the development of the rehabilitation sector through training, skills transfer and global recognition of rehabilitation professionals.
HI offers multidisciplinary support to people with disabilities and their families to improve their autonomy, their participation in society and make services more inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. In addition, HI reinforces the professional integration of people with disabilities, notably by raising awareness among training centers and employers.
Following the earthquake of 2021, the organization is implementing rehabilitation care and support to several rehabilitation centers and health centers in the Grand Sud. HI also provides individual and community psychosocial support through the implementation of awareness and psycho-education actions following trauma caused by the earthquake. To limit the risks of spreading infectious diseases, HI organizes awareness sessions on good hygiene practices and distributed hygiene kits to households affected by the disaster.
To strengthen the preparation and protection of the population in the face of natural disasters, the organization informs and trains authorities and project partners to incorporate the needs of the most vulnerable, including people with disability, in their interventions.
In order to reinforce road safety in Haiti, HI educates the population to the dangers of the road and promotes access to public transport for people with disabilities.
Situation of the country
Haiti has faced recurring political, economic, social and security challenges for several decades, a situation which has worsened since 2018.
The country is highly prone to natural hazards and has been hit by numerous hurricanes, floods and earthquakes in recent years, including the most recent earthquake on August 14, 2021, with disastrous consequences for the population. 800,000 people were affected, of which 650,000 would need emergency humanitarian assistance. The COVID pandemic has only worsened an already dramatic humanitarian situation.
Since 2021, the resurgence of rivalries and shifting alliances between gangs has caused the displacement of some 19,000 people in Port-au-Prince, the capital. These acts of violence and insecurity in this already fragile socio-political context have amplified the deterioration of the country's economic situation and the resilience of a significant portion of the population.
In rural areas, the lack of services (schools, health centers, etc.) is considerable, making the population even more vulnerable. In this context of widespread poverty, the situation is even more alarming for people with disabilities, whose needs often go uncovered.
Number of HI staff members: 54
Date programme opened: 2008