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About us

Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is an international charity working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work tirelessly alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their basic needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Fymee learning to walk again on her new artificial leg, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Fymee learning to walk again on her new artificial leg, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. | © William Daniels/HI

Since HI was founded in 1982, our work has benefitted several million people in more than 60 countries.

"Our determination to help the most vulnerable groups, including in extreme situations, has proven its worth. We have earned the legitimacy we need to combat certain now-illegal weapons – landmines and cluster munitions. This same determination drives our teams today and motivates their tireless efforts in around 60 countries."
Jean-Baptiste Richardier, co-founder of Humanity & Inclusion (HI)

Our mission

Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is an international charity working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work tirelessly alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their basic needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Our vision

Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.

Our values

Humanity
Our work is based on the value of humanity. We include everyone without exception and champion each individual’s right to dignity. Respect, kindness, and humility guide our work.

Inclusion
We advocate inclusion and participation for everyone, upholding diversity, fairness, and individual choices. We value difference.

Commitment
We are resolute and bold in our commitment to developing tailored, pragmatic, and innovative solutions. We take action and rally those around us to fight injustice.

Integrity
We work in an independent, professional, selfless, and transparent manner.

HI's work has benefitted millions of people around the world.

 

International strategy

HI's mission and activities are underpinned by a multi-annual strategy, principles of intervention, and a clearly-defined scope of activity.

We work in 60 countries around the world running hundreds of projects in emergency, chronic crisis, reconstruction and development settings. The beneficiaries of our projects are people with disabilities and a broad range of other vulnerable groups.

HI's ten-year international strategy has 3 priority actions:

  • Inclusion of people with disabilities and vulnerable populations.
  • Inclusive emergency responses adapted to the needs of the population.
  • Reducing the impact of conflicts on civilians.

The full strategy is available at: hi.org/en/our-strategy


Worldwide impact

Thanks to individual supporters just like you, Humanity & Inclusion supports disabled and vulnerable people in countries around the world affected by conflict, disaster and poverty.

As well as our amazing donors, we also rely on the dedication of our 4,793 staff around the world, including 4,013 local staff supporting our programmes on the ground.[1]

Since HI was founded in 1982, our work has benefitted tens of millions of people worldwide. In 2022, we ran 466 projects in 60 countries.

The difference we make together

The following figures represent the number of people directly benefitting from HI's work in 2022:

2,522,100 People directly supported [2]

People having received goods or services as part of a project implemented by HI or its operating partners.

11,883,937 People indirectly supported (e.g. family members, carers)

People benefiting from the effects of goods or services received by people directly supported by HI.

Number of people helped by sector of activity


Rehabilitation services
: 528,158 people


Health and Protection
: 788,430 people


Social and Inclusion
: 810,401 people [3]


Safeguarding and Risk Reduction
: 339,381 people [4]
Armed Violence Reduction: 515,871 people


[1] Staff numbers expressed in annual full-time equivalent positions.

[2] The number of people having benefitted directly from the actions of HI and its partners in 2020. Some people benefitted from several services and/or activities. For this reason, data by sector of activity cannot be cumulated. This is non-exhaustive data that does not include all sectors of HI’s activity.
[3] Inclusion and social: Services related to habitat, infrastructure, communication and public transport; services related to justice, citizenship and political participation; social services; educational services; economic services; water, sanitation and hygiene services.
[4] Safeguarding and risk reduction: Natural disaster risk reduction & climate change adaptation, safeguarding against abuse and violence, inclusive humanitarian action, gender and disability.

Phaly Heang is 4 years old. After being left hemiplegic in a bad road accident, she started receiving rehabilitation sessions at HI'scentre in Kampong Cham. Phaly Heang is 4 years old. After being left hemiplegic in a bad road accident, she started receiving rehabilitation sessions at HI'scentre in Kampong Cham. Phaly Heang is 4 years old. After being left hemiplegic in a bad road accident, she started receiving rehabilitation sessions at HI'scentre in Kampong Cham. Phaly Heang is 4 years old. After being left hemiplegic in a bad road accident, she started receiving rehabilitation sessions at HI'scentre in Kampong Cham.

© Lucas Veuve/HI

Phaly Heang is 4 years old. After being left hemiplegic in a bad road accident, she started rehabilitation sessions at HI's centre in Kampong Cham.

Who we help

Humanity & Inclusion's actions focus on the most vulnerable groups in the poorest countries of the world. Your support will directly impact:

  • People with disabilities
  • Other vulnerable populations, such as injured people, isolated children, and older people
  • People exposed to the danger of weapons during armed conflicts and in post-conflict situations
  • Refugees and people displaced by crises, conflicts and disasters
  • People at risk of disease, violence and disabling accidents

Areas of action

Our work covers a range of activities:

Our people

These are just some of the specialist roles that make up our dedicated teams:

  • Physiotherapist
  • Prosthetic and Orthotic technicians
  • Occupational therapist
  • Deminer (weapons clearance expert)
  • Psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Disability rights campaigner
  • Logistics manager

Support our work

Your donations can be truly life-changing, helping vulnerable and disabled people around the world.

From rehabilitation and providing people with prosthetic limbs, to demining activities, to responding to natural disasters, and including disabled children in school, your funds provide vital support and help to ensure that no-one is forgotten.

The HI Network

The HI network consists of an international federation based in Lyon, France, and eight national associations: the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Canada and USA, plus an office in Austria.

Together, the HI network mobilises resources and manages projects around the world to support disabled and vulnerable people.

HI network annual report

For more information about HI's global activities and impact, please download the latest Annual Report for the HI network:

► 2022 Annual Report - HI Network (PDF, 2.3 MB)

Institutional policies and code of conduct

Details of institutional policies and other professional information about the HI network is available at: hi.org/en/institutional-policies  


Humanity & Inclusion UK

Our UK team is focused on supporting HI’s mission and programmes worldwide. We aim to do this through an innovative approach to fundraising, responding to the funding opportunities available within the UK to meet the needs of our programmes.

We also provide technical expertise on key sectors of HI’s activity to support our teams around the world and influence policy and practice.

In addition, we campaign for the protection of civilians in conflict zones and the inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian aid and development programmes.

Humanity & Inclusion UK is a UK registered charity no. 1082565.

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