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Handicap International takes action in Indonesia to facilitate access to public services such as schools or health centres for people with disabilities. The organisation encourages their involvement in political and public life. It also ensures that people with disabilities are well-prepared in the event of a natural disaster.

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Handicap International takes action in Indonesia to facilitate access to public services such as schools or health centres for people with disabilities. The organisation encourages their involvement in political and public life. It also ensures that people with disabilities are well-prepared in the event of a natural disaster.
Handicap International takes action in Indonesia to facilitate access to public services such as schools or health centres for people with disabilities. The organisation encourages their involvement in political and public life. It also ensures that people with disabilities are well-prepared in the event of a natural disaster.

Our actions

Handicap International first started working in Indonesia in January 2005, the day after the Tsunami hit many Asian countries causing several hundred thousand deaths. The organisation immediately came to the assistance of inhabitants of the province of Aceh, providing them with physiotherapy services, counselling and income-generating activities. Today, its actions focus on the inclusion of people with disabilities and ensuring their rights are upheld.

Inclusive education

Handicap International promotes access to education and provides a quality educational setting for girls and boys with disabilities in the province of Nusa Tenggara Timur. The objective is for children with disabilities to access and to stay in schools in the province, and to succeed. The organisation identifies obstacles to schooling; raises parents awareness and trains them to ensure that children receive better care-management; improves the teachers’ ability to provide better educational support; improves the physical accessibility of the establishments (access ramps etc.); and supports education authorities in implementing action plans for inclusive education.

Natural disaster preparedness

Indonesia is regularly affected by natural disasters: volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, flooding etc. Handicap International continues to support its partners and local stakeholders (sharing knowledge and skills) to include vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities, in disaster preparedness plans. The goal being to reduce the risks, to ensure that people with disabilities are not left out these plans, and to help provide for their basic and specific needs (notably rehabilitation) in emergency situations.

The rights of people with disabilities

Handicap International supports disabled people's organisations (DPOs) and public institutions to ensure the rights of people with disabilities are better taken into consideration. This involves providing financial and technical support for organisations, in the form of training in awareness-raising and advocacy, for example. The organisation also advises public institutions, such as the Ministry for Social Solidarity, to help implement a national action plan for disability and create a national council on disability.

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Background

Indonesia is an immense archipelago of 13,803 islands. There are very frequent tsunamis, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions in the region, which have a major impact on populations, in particular on the most vulnerable.

Because Indonesia is frequently affected by natural disasters, Handicap International supports the most vulnerable to ensure they are taken into account in emergency responses and in disaster risk management mechanisms.

The ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the Indonesian government (October 2011) resulted from the intense campaigning by disabled people's organisations (DPO) in the country, actively supported by Handicap International. Handicap International conducted training and provided these organisations with financial assistance to support their advocacy with the Indonesian government. Despite these achievements, there is still progress to be made in order to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are genuinely taken into account. 

In Indonesia we have observed that:

  • People with disabilities often suffer from discrimination and stigmatisation, notably in the provinces in the east of the country, the remotest and poorest regions. They often live in the shadows, hidden by their families, a fact that only serves to increase the inequalities they face.
  • There are very few competent services available in the medical, social, economic and educational sectors. Staff are poorly qualified and access to these services is difficult for people with disabilities.
Key figures - Indonésie - Handicap International
Key figures - Indonésie - Handicap International
WHERE your support HELPS

Partners

  • Inclusive education

    • The disabled people associations CIQAL and PERSANI
    •  The local NGO CIS Timor
    • The decentralized services of the ministry of Education and social workers (at provincial and district levels)

    Disaster risk management

    • PMI Jakarta & Nusa Tenggara Timur
    • Australian Red Cross
    • PERSANI

    Rights of people with disabilities

    • Ministry of Social Solidarity
    • East Timor Blind Union (ETBU) - organisation of persons with disabilities
    • Local NGOs Klibur Domin, HDMTL Ahisaun, and CIQAL