Handicap International will host Jessica Cox—the first person without arms to obtain a pilot's license—in Ethiopia in April 2013. Read more
Handicap International's Ethiopia program benefited 34,396 people in 2011. Projects in the country got underway in 1986, focusing on community-based rehabilitation for people with disabilities and the development of rehabilitation services for refugees (Somali in the east and Sudanese in the West), which led to setting up rehabilitation units in eleven hospitals between 1996 and 2000.
The scope of Handicap International's activities widened in 1997, when a Mine Risk Education project was developed as part of the repatriation procedures for Somali refugees. The charity's work also began including professional training for associations in the fields of sports, filariasis prevention and the fight against HIV/AIDS. Significant work in the latter area continued with empowering persons with disabilities to exercise their basic human rights and reducing their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. This includes increasing the quality and access to rehabilitation services, the provision of free legal aid service to victims of sexual and gender-based violence and related persons with disabilities and their families, awareness raising, and capacity building of law enforcement personnel.
Handicap International's work also includes inclusive education to children with disability, and support to refugees and internally displaced people.