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About the project

The Partner:
Handicap Solidaire Burkina (HSB) is a disabled people’s organisation created in 2002, in collaboration with Handicap Solidaire Suisse, and established as an NGO in 2004. The main objectives of HSB are to promote and protect disabled people’s rights, and to make disabled people aware of their rights in order for them to become active and participative citizens in development.

Handicap Solidaire is staffed and managed by disabled people. The organisation works on the principle that people with disabilities should be able to play a full and active role in their own socio-economic development. HSB supports disabled people in leading an independent life. Their activities include: producing and repairing wheelchairs and tricycles; combating illiteracy amongst disabled people; supporting disabled people to make and sell crafts; supporting disabled people to take part in sport; promoting disabled people’s human rights; and providing skills training for disabled people.

Over the years, HSB has worked with over 700 NGO’s and over 600 town councils all over Burkina Faso, and has educated over 3,000 people in disability rights. Through its advocacy activities and literacy classes, HSB has helped many individuals with disabilities to gain employment. HSB’s specialist education centre for children with disabilities also provides physical therapy and works with parents to monitor their child’s development.

The Project:
Strengthening the capacity of Handicap Solidaire Burkina to promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities.

It is estimated by the World Health Organisation that 10% of the population of Burkina Faso is disabled. For this group, acceptance, social inclusion, opportunities and equality are difficult in all aspects of life: from education and employment to health care and family life. Amongst disabled people in Burkina Faso, literacy is less than 1%, compared to 43% amongst the rest of the population. HSB works to ensure that disabled people in Burkina Faso are able to play a full and active role in their own socio-economic development.

Disabled people in Burkina Faso are marginalised in society due to their disabilities. Often disabled people have little opportunity to participate fully in the life of the community and their needs and interests are not very often taken into account in national or local programmes and policies. Particularly in rural areas, disabled people live in very poor conditions - according to some surveys they constitute the poorest of the poor. Disabled people are often considered to have little status or rights and a large number become beggars in the big towns. They are frequently stigmatised, and disabled women seldom get married.

Outcomes of the Project will include:
1. Leaflets produced to promote HSB’s activities.
2. Functioning website to make HSB more visible.
3. Creation of sporting partnerships to support HSB’s disabled sport programme.
4. Organisation of a sporting event to promote HSB’s disabled sport programme.
5. Development of resources to support resource mobilisation by HSB staff.
6. Successful funding bids.
7. Increased orders for HSB’s welding workshop through a marketing strategy.
8. Promotion of disabled people’s rights amongst the Burkinabe population.
9. Strengthening of I.T. capacities of HSB staff.
10. Improved English language skills of HSB staff.

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