Handicap International lifts the 2011 Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize
NAIROBI, Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - Handicap International has won the prestigious Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, 2011.
Awarded annually since 1996, the US$1.5 million Prize is presented to humanitarian organizations for their exceptional contribution to alleviating human suffering.
Present in 60 countries, the Handicap International Federation implements more than 300 development and emergency programs. The prize will, therefore, be used to strengthen Handicap International’s disaster preparedness capabilities and to pre-position emergency response resources for rapid action in future crises.
“This award enhances the organisation’s ability to reach more people with disability, often disadvantaged during humanitarian crises all over the world,” said Alphonse Kananura,Program Director,Kenya/Somali Program. “This win is a result of many years of hard work of HI teams around the world, which has enabled our organization to become a key humanitarian player,” he added, noting that the award will enable Handicap International to enhance partnerships and collaboration with development partners based in theUS.”
InKenya, the assessors evaluated among other projects, a counselling and conflict recovery work based in Kitale with a total of 23,000 direct beneficiaries. Through the project, HI has facilitated integrated, sustainable solutions for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) victims of post-election violence (PEV) in January 2008.
They also evaluated a gender based violence response project implemented in Kitale municipality with funding from the French Embassy which has over 30,000 direct beneficiaries. It brought together an innovative network of partners – government ministries, schools, community-based organisations and non-governmental organisations.
From Dadaab, the Disability Inclusion Project – based in Hagadera, Ifo and Dagahaley refugee camps of Dadaab – North Eastern Kenya with funding from UNHCR and US State Department were assessed. HI empowers and builds capacity of refugee incentive staff on rehabilitation skills hence promoting mainstreaming and inclusion of people with disability in close collaboration and networking with other agencies within the camps and host community.
Executive Director of Handicap International, Mr Jean-Baptiste Richardier had this to say about projects inKenyawhich came under review, “The Kenya/Somali Program epitomizes the great humanitarian. The program stands for the forgotten and quite desperate Somali refugees in the northern camp of Dadaab – individuals and families hit by HIV/AIDS in the western province, Kitale – and people with disability surviving in the slums aroundNairobi.
Judy M. Miller, vice president of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and director of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize underlined the importance of Handicap International’s work in improving the situation of people with disability around the world, particularly during humanitarian crises.
Ms. Miller said, “People with disabilities are the most vulnerable in societies and Handicap International has transformed the way the world deals with this underserved group. Through 30 years of innovative leadership and advocacy by Handicap International, more and more countries are assuring that persons with disabilities receive the same rights as everyone else. Handicap International expanded from helping landmine victims to assisting those disabled from disease, injury, war or natural disasters, and millions of lives have been restored due to the work of this organization.”
Approximately 200 organizations were nominated for the prize this year in a process that includes a rigorous review and field evaluations for finalist candidates. Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, praised Handicap International with the following remarks: “Those who make humanitarian aid their profession are driven by the most noble of missions, that of saving other human beings’.
The award ceremony took place inRedwood City,California,USAon April 14, 2011.
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About Handicap International
Handicap International (www.handicapinternational.org) is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster.
Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.
Convention on Cluster Munitions: Kenyan youth to participate in First Meeting of States Parties and Youth Leaders Forum in Lao PDR
Nairobi, October 4, 2010 - Mines Action Canada (MAC) has confirmed the participation and sponsorship for Kenya’s Christine Nyambura Gichuki for the Youth Leaders Forum at the First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which will take place in Vientiane, Lao PDR, on 6-13th November 2010. This is the first time that a Kenyan youth will be attending proceedings of this forum. In a letter dated September 20, 2010, Mine Action Canada noted that the Youth Leaders Forum aims at building the capacity of 18 – 30 years old who are active in the campaigns to ban landmines and/or cluster munitions. It will include sessions on lobbying, fundraising, media relations, and volunteer management. In addition to the workshops and sessions of the forum, Ms Gichuki has also been invited to participate in the Cluster Munitions Coalition (CMC) Campaign Orientation Meeting which will take place on Saturday 6 November 2010 as well as the CMC Campaign Debrief Meeting which will take place on Saturday 13 November 2010 in Vientiane. Kenya will also be represented at the First Meeting of State Parties by Handicap International’s advocacy and campaigns officer, Aghan Daniel.
Documentary on youth interventions on HIV and AIDS in Kenya released
Nairobi, October 4, 2010 – Handicap International has released a documentary, Youth to Youth which profiles an innovative program supported by Handicap International where the youth are involved in the design, development and implementation of HIV&AIDS program in Trans-Nzoia and Garissa Counties in Kenya. The overall objective of this program is to reduce HIV infection rates among the youth besides improving access to treatment, care and support for those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
Nairobi to host Workshop on Victim Assistance – Oct 13 and 14, 2010
Nairobi, October 4, 2010 - A regional workshop on victim assistance opens next week in Nairobi. The aim of this workshop is to bring together non-governmental organizations, service providers, survivors and disability advocates, as well as donors and government representatives from Burundi, Chad, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda to discuss Victim Assistance among the three international conventions (The convention on Cluster munitions, the Mine Ban Treaty and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities). The workshop will examine the contribution of these conventions to victim assistance and disability in general as well as the elements and specific objectives that could guide the various victim assistance efforts in the region.
Update on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
October 2, 2010 - The third Conference of States Parties to the Convention was held from 1-3 September 2010 at UN Headquarters in New York, under the theme: “Implementing the Convention through Advancing Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities”.
The session began with elections for members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in accordance with Article 34 of the Convention. As the total number of ratifications had passed 80, the membership of the Committee was increased by six to a total of 18 members. Additional elections were held for the six members of the Committee whose term expires in 2010. Substantive roundtable discussions and an interactive informal session with civil society discussed the implementation of Articles 11, 19 and 24 of the Convention.
An update was also provided on implementation of the Convention within the UN System. For the first time, a Civil Society Forum was held on the day prior to the opening of the Convention. The next Conference will be held on 7-9 September 2011. More information: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1532.
Nairobi, September 27, 2010 – In an effort to illuminate the right to health by persons with disabilities in Kenya, Handicap International in conjunction with Health Rights Forum has just ended a series on consultations with major stakeholders in the health sector.
Through a one day meeting, the two organizations jointly hosted a feedback session on the implementation of Article 25 of CRPD – The Right to Health which the partners have been following up on for the last three months. The meeting sought to analyze the framework of the action plan that was agreed upon after a two day workshop conducted on August 24th-25th 2010 in Nairobi. The session also sought to know what different organizations at the meeting were willing to support the implementation of the action plan.
In conclusion, the partners agreed to participate in activities that will sensitize and inform the health policy makers on disability related issues and health needs through courtesy calls and other strategies as outlined in an action plan sent to Handicap International.
CLUSTER BOMBS BAN TO BECOME LAW ON 1 AUGUST 2010
Nairobi event features drumming session and speeches
On Sunday August 1st, the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions will take effect, becoming binding international law in Kenya and around the world. This historic day will be marked with events around the world to beat the drum and welcome the arrival of the international ban on cluster bombs.