A man in Compostela Valley province receives his new wheelchair. © Handicap International

A man in Compostela Valley province receives his new wheelchair. Photo: Handicap International

Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster.

Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups throughout the world, 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. With a network of eight national associations (USA, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and UK), Handicap International was founded in 1982 and a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 (as part of the ICBL) and the recipient of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 2011. It has programs in 60 countries and acts in both emergency and development situations.

Handicap International in the Philippines has been operational since 1985 and is one of the key organizations in the disability sector in the country.

It has a wide range of complementary projects which assists to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities and their issues in development policies and actions, build capacities of key local stakeholders, and reduce the impact of natural disasters and conflicts. Handicap International in the Philippines is committed to enhance the access of persons with disabilities to various services, promoting their active participation and social inclusion, and developing partnerships at all levels, in the frame of the national and international policies on disability.

Key Values

  • Dignity
  • Humanity
  • Solidarity
  • Impartiality
  • Equity
  • Independence

Handicap International refers to relevant Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law conventions.


  • Health
  • Prevention
  • Rehabilitation
  • Economic inclusion
  • Social inclusion
  • Education
  • Local development
  • Accessibility
  • Disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction
  • Demining and mine/ERW risk
  • Education
  • Coordination and management of camps
  • Basic needs
  • Reconstruction
  • Advocacy