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HI launched its first operation in India in 1988, providing technical support to a community-based rehabilitation centre in Pondicherry, southern India. After launching an emergency response to the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, the organisation developed a more permanent structure in India.

A young boy with his mother, Humanity & Inclusion India

A young girl fitted with prothesis, Humanity & Inclusion India | © D. Van Ophalvens / Handicap International

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For now, HI is part of IFRA (INDIAN FORUM ON REHABILITATION FOR ALL), an informal network. This network is mainly to influence Government of India to improve the quality of rehabilitation services and to advocate the need for proposing a resolution on rehabilitation to World Health Organization.

HI has established itself as a disaster risk reduction actor with technical expertise on disability inclusive processes and tools. In the states of intervention, working with state governments, local and international NGOs and Organizations of Persons with Disabilities.

Currently, HI is working on opening up private sector employment opportunities for people with disabilities (Technical Assistance to MICHELIN). HI is supporting organisations IDEA and SAKSHAM for a study is aiming at identifying the aspirations of persons with disabilities aged 15–40 years in terms of their career choices, expected remuneration, and preferred job location.

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Cyclone Amphan: HI team is ready to launch an emergency response
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Cyclone Amphan: HI team is ready to launch an emergency response

Cyclone Amphan is expected to hit India and Bangladesh this Wednesday around 6pm local time and could affect millions of people. Humanity & Inclusion stands ready to help the most vulnerable.

Fayaz, 5: If I grow, will my legs grow too?
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Fayaz, 5: If I grow, will my legs grow too?

Kashmir, India. When Fayaz was 3-years-old, his legs were injured by an explosive shell. One year later, Humanity & Inclusion fitted him with artificial limbs. Back on his feet again, he’s now a budding cricket star.

Inclusive cricket match: “For the first time in my life, I forgot I had a disability”
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Inclusive cricket match: “For the first time in my life, I forgot I had a disability”

Baramulla Tigers against the Kupwara Tigers. In early June 2016, Handicap International organized the first ever cricket match to include players with and without disabilities at Handwara degree college, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. A big success and an opportunity to promote the inclusion of young people with disabilities in society.


India is considered one of the fastest growing economies if the world. However, it continues to face socio-economic challenges. 21.9 % of its population lives below poverty line and, if the country is categorised as a low middle-income country, according to the World Bank, India accounted for the world's largest number of poor people in 2012 using revised methodology to measure poverty, reflecting its massive population. 

There are numerous forms of discrimination and social exclusion prevalent in India, notably against women, people from the lowest casts, of different cultures, and from isolated rural zones. People with disabilities are subject to multiple forms of discrimination and are ill-informed about the available social welfare systems. Women are undervalued and experience injustice, particularly when accessing services and the jobs market.

Last, the country is highly exposed to natural disasters such as droughts, cyclones, flooding and landslides.

Number of HI staff members: 4

Date the programme opened: 1988

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