Handicap Solidaire Burkina (HSB) was founded in 2002, in collaboration with Handicap Solidaire Suisse, as a disabled people’s organisation, run by and for disabled people. Its mission is to empower disabled people in Burkina Faso to play a full and active role in their own socio-economic development, as well as in the development of their country.
Based in the capital city, Ouagadougou, HSB works to promote disability rights and challenge widespread discrimination against disability in Burkina Faso. In order to create long-lasting, positive change, HSB takes a holistic approach to defending disability rights, with its actions oriented towards:
- campaigning to ensure that disability rights are taken into account in government policies;
- empowering disabled people to claim their rights;
- engaging disabled people in sports and other socio-cultural activities;
- and providing education, work and training opportunities for disabled people.
HSB’s activities include:
Advocacy – to protect and promote the rights of disabled people, and encourage their inclusion in activities led by non-governmental organisations, public services and private enterprises.
A drop-in centre, which receives anyone who has a problem related to disability, and aims to provide advice and assistance to those seeking support.
Espace Bambino – an education centre and playgroup for children with disabilities.
A welding workshop, which manufactures mobility aids and provides employment and training opportunities for people with disabilities.
A sport programme to promote sport for people with disabilities, as well as to encourage their social inclusion and engagement in a healthy lifestyle.
To find out more about Handicap Solidaire Burkina, please visit their website.