More than one hundred guests and supporters crowded into The Speaker’s Room at the House of Commons this month to hear the new UK International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt salute the work of Handicap International as it celebrates it’s new beginnings with a new name.
HI became Humanity & Inclusion on January 24th to better reflect the range of activities it now delivers – The word “Handicap” was never popular in the English-speaking world – in the UK only 8% liked the name- while this new name is more acceptable to more people.
As the Chair of Trustees for Humanity & Inclusion I was able to explain to our guests how this new name holds high the fundamental value of “Humanity” which is reflected in the way our teams around the world work closely with vulnerable populations.
Likewise “Inclusion” is our mission for all people of disability to be included and given opportunities across society.
Through these two words “humanity” and “inclusion” we can express the full range of our activities. Our new name focuses on our entire social mission.
Humanity & Inclusion works in more than fifty countries around the world, often in the most hostile environments from earthquakes and over-crowded refugee camps to war-zones and mine clearance in the aftermath of those conflicts.
HI won the Nobel Prize in 1998 for its work on the mine ban treaty. Unfortunately, twenty years on our teams are still clearing mines and treating children who lose limbs when they wander into mined areas. HI runs education programmes to teach children about the dangers, and provides prosthetics and rehabilitation to those who lose limbs to mines.
HI also works with people who have visual and hearing impairments, with people with autism or psychological challenges, and carries out a whole range of other activities to bring some humanitarian relief to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
If you would like to support Humanity & Inclusion’s work please go to www.hi.com or contact HI’s Head of Partnerships Jane Morris on +44 (0) 774 3737