Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.
Handicap International is a not-for-profit French organization with no religious or political affiliation.
Handicap International (HI) started its activities in Iraq in 1991.
The program currently implemented in Iraq includes three main components:
Long-term development projects: support to civil society, access to services, awareness campaigns, community-based rehabilitation.
Emergency response for Internally Displaced Persons and vulnerable host communities (rapid protection assessments, provision of physical rehabilitation and psychosocial support services).
Mine Action component: risk education, victim assistance, non-technical survey and clearance operations
The current operations are implemented in direct intervention and through local partners in the Kurdistan region and in the disputed territories of Iraq. The operations are implemented through local partners in Central and South Iraq. HI has currently a country coordination office in Erbil, two field offices in Kirkuk and Khanaquin and a support office in Suleymaniyeh.