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Handicap International

posted Jan 14, 2012, 10:00 PM by Bruce Knox

The funds raised by Team Dai during the Vientiane to Luang Prabang 2009 Ride will be divided equally between two extremely worthy causes based in Vientiane and working throughout the country.

Handicap International

1982 – 1986: Creation of Handicap International in Thailand

The first orthopaedic centres are opened in refugee camps in CambodiaThailand, Burma and Laos to help several thousand amputees. The use of simple and locally available materials is one of the major strengths which allows Handicap International to effectively provide rapid assistance and to train competent local teams.

1987 – 1989: Providing artificial limbs is not enough

Handicap International moves towards a more global approach of disability. We achieve this by creating networks of local educational workers and strengthening family and community groups.

1990 – 1992: Vulnerability and exclusion

The scope of the disability issue is widened to include people in situations of exclusion and vulnerability. Projects to prevent disability are undertaken. Handicap International begins to address mental health issues as a result of experiences with Romanian orphanages and the war in the Balkans. In 1992, our organisation creates its first mine clearance programmes in Cambodia and in Kurdistan and plays a key role in establishing the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

1993 – 1995: Development of partnerships

Handicap International strengthens its links with local and international organisations. National orthopaedic and physiotherapy centres are opened in several countries. Training leading to a degree is set up in CambodiaMozambique and West Africa.

1996 – 2005: Making a positive difference

Handicap International assists with the development of national policies in favour of disabled people. In 1996, the organisation receives the Nansen Prize, the highest prize given by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. On the 3rd December 1997, the Treaty to Ban Landmines is signed in Ottawa, Canada. The following week, Handicap International is co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, which is awarded to the 6 founding organisations of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. During this time, Handicap International strengthens its network, builds on its international experience, raises funds and recruits at international level. Each European section is involved in managing overseas activities and forms part of the global programme management system. The sections share the same aims and name, whilst working towards the creation of a federation. In 2002, existing sections in FranceBelgiumSwitzerlandLuxembourgGermany and the UK, are joined by Canada.


Today, Handicap International UK is directly involved in 12 countries.