Handicap International Federation is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in more than 56 countries. It is a co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize and winner of the 2011 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.
In Nepal, the organization has been working for the last 18 years in more than 53 districts to respond to vulnerable population’s essential needs; improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. Through its partners, Handicap International ensures access to quality rehabilitation services for the vulnerable people including people with disabilities, supporting sustainability of quality services in relief and development in the country.
It capacitates its local partners to ensure access to services for the vulnerable and disaster affected communities by providing them counseling and helping them design and achieve their livelihood goals. It further supports employers and other livelihood actors to be inclusive and employ people with disabilities.
The organization works with local communities and the government to prevent disability by mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in local development and strengthening systems in various communities throughout the country.
Coinciding with its 35th Anniversary, the organization, to better encompass and reflect the work that it is doing, is rolling out a new brand name – “Humanity & Inclusion”. The new brand name, which expresses one of the organization’s core values – humanity , reflects a benevolent and empathic approach to its actions, close proximity with the beneficiaries of its programs and respect for each person’s individuality. This name also reflects an ambition that has driven its action for the last 35 years – the inclusion of people with disabilities and vulnerable people who are so often overlooked. For the first time in the organization’s history, its logo contains a universal and immediately recognizable symbol that transcends language and culture – a Hand. It can be seen as a friendly greeting but also calls for a halt to exclusion, injustice and human rights violations.
“‘Handicap International’ failed to express both the organization’s values and broad scope of work. It didn’t tell you that we run a wide range of development activities that reach beyond the disability sector.” Pralhad Gairapipli, communicator for the organization in Nepal explained. For the English speakers the word ‘handicap’ is old fashioned and carries a negative connotation that can be seen as stigmatizing, he added.