Handicap International was founded in 1982 by two French doctors whom with the provision of artificial limbs and rehabilitation gave a long-term perspective to people injured in the war in Cambodia.
Worldwide Project Work
Handicap International has been active in 60 countries since 2007 and due to needs observed on the spot has extended its activities: the projects are no longer limited to physical treatment in orthopaedic workshops and rehabilitation centres, but integrate the entire life situation in the aid given to those affected.
This includes psychological support and help in social integration, but also organisational support in self-help projects. The priority of the project work in general is cooperation with local partner organisations and the training of local workers who are often themselves handicapped. In this way the projects gain autonomy to enable the people to exist in the long-term without external help.
Global fight against landmines
In many post-war regions it is necessary to prevent accidents through landmines and other explosive remains of wars through the enlightenment of the inhabitants and forming clearance teams. International political engagement for a ban of all mines and such mine-like munitions as cluster bombs is also a part of prevention.
In 1992 Handicap International, together with five other organisations, founded the International Campaign for a Ban on Landmines, which received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. Moreover, the organisation is a founder member of the International Campaign for the Ban of Cluster Bombs (Cluster Munitions Coalition). Handicap International maintains leading positions in both campaigns to this day.
Lobby work in Germany
Handicap International maintains offices in several European countries: in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Canada, the USA and Germany. Since 1998, the German section has worked with an office in Munich and volunteer activists in other places.
The focus is above all lobbying and raising public awareness of handicap in development cooperation and the campaigns against mines and cluster bombs.
New name and logo of the umbrella organisation
On 24 January 2018, Handicap International (HI) got a new face. For the first time in 35 years, the organisation is now operating with a logo that takes on a symbol. The aid organisation symbolically raises its hand in greeting – a warm, supportive and humane gesture that unites HI's fundamental values in one pictogram.
In addition, the name of the umbrella organisation was changed from Handicap International (HI) to Humanity & Inclusion (HI). In Germany, the association continues to operate under Handicap International e.V.