The Organisation


Handicap Solidaire Burkina (HSB) is a disabled people’s organisation created in 2002, in collaboration with Handicap Solidaire Suisse, and established as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in 2004. It is composed of an executive board of 9 members,20 permanent staff, and a general assembly of 400 people that meet once a year. 

HSB’s employment strategy is to prioritise the recruitment of disabled people as, even with the same competences as an able-bodied person, and sometimes even with superior competences, disabled people find it difficult to secure employment due to discrimination by employers. HSB also encourages NGO’s, private companies, public services and individuals to give equal employment opportunities to disabled people.

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.

HSB is a non-profit organisation that intervenes in all of Burkina Faso in the following domains:

  • Disability Rights

  • Sport

  • Crafts

  • Literacy

  • Professional Training and Employment

  • Mobility Aids

  • Counselling

  • Raising awareness of HIV/AIDS

These domains of intervention are summarised below.




Disability Rights


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  • The implementation of a Human Rights-Based Approach and gender rights in all of HSB’s activities.

  • Training members in disability rights, advocacy, citizenship, good governance, leadership — all in order to strengthen their capacities.

  • Using a social and juridical approach to raise awareness in other NGO’s, civil society and public services, of disabled people and their inclusion in development projects and programmes.

Since 2008, HSB has been the most notable organisation in defending the rights of disabled people in Burkina Faso through awareness-raising at NGO’s, associations and public services. Over the years, HSB has worked with over 700 NGO’s and over 600 town councils all over Burkina Faso, and has therefore educated over 3,000 people in disability rights.




Sport and Crafts


The promotion of the right of people with disabilities to practice sport and the promotion of crafts produced by disabled artisans have been central activities for HSB since its creation.

  • HSB has 3 wheelchair basketball teams  and 2 tennis (tennis and table tennis) teams. It also trains handbike (hand-cycling) athletes. Several of HSB’s athletes have been given the opportunity to compete both nationally and internationally.

  • HSB also hosts a cooperative of disabled artisans, Tigoung Nonma, at its headquarters, and supports them to sell their products and become economically independent.




Literacy, Professional Training, Mobility Aids


These are also long-running activities for HSB, with 3 literacy classes in existence, and a welding workshop where disabled people are trained to gain professional skills, as well as to make mobility aids for disabled people. The welding workshop specialises in the manufacture of adapted wheelchairs, hand bicycles/tricycles, as well as disability sport equipment. In fact, HSB’s welding workshop is the only workshop in West Africa that produces disability sport equipment.




Counselling, Training, HIV/AIDS


These are relatively new domains of intervention of HSB.

  • The Drop-in Centre, which opened in 2008, provides a listening and counselling service, where visitors receive information and advice on solutions to any disability-related issues. The Drop-in Centre also supports disabled people in attaining their rights. The centre receives around 200 visitors a year, and 75% of these visitors are parents of children with disabilities. This large number of children led to HSB creating the Espace Bambino — an education centre for disabled children. These children also continue to be supported by the drop-in centre, finances permitting, in terms of education, rehabilitation, physical therapy and medical care. The Drop-in Centre also provides training to NGO’s, private companies, public services, or any other organisations who would like to develop an inclusive policy of disability in their projects. These training courses are run by the expert staff of HSB.

  • The HIV/AIDS programme raises awareness amongst people with disabilities on HIV/AIDS, how to prevent it, and how to live with it.




Thus, HSB’s main activities in these domains of intervention are:

  • Advocacy / Raising awareness of disability rights

  • Sport

  • Literacy

  • Training & employment

  • Manufacturing mobility aids<

  • Selling crafts

  • Drop-in centre (Counselling)

  • Espace Bambino (education centre to support the education of disabled children)

  • Rehabilitation / Physical therapy

  • Capacity building of other disabled people’s organisations

All of HSB’s activities take place thanks to a number of partner organisations.






Firstly, HSB’s Espace Bambino and Drop-in Centre cannot function to their full potential due to the absence of a large enough space, the lack of a canteen, and insufficient finances. For example, amongst the 100 disabled children supported by the Drop-in Centre and in need of schools fees, rehabilitation and physical therapy, only 20 can be supported.

Secondly, despite having a number of partners, it is a constant challenge for HSB to fund its activities. Furthermore, it is currently unable to support the careers of its employees, as it is often difficult to provide these employees with a salary.




Ongoing Projects


Four main projects are crucial to HSB:

  • Finding donors/partners to support HSB’s activities,

  • Acquiring and constructing on land large enough to group all of HSB’s activities on one site,

  • Financing micro-projects for disabled people’s organisations in the provinces of Burkina Faso,

  • A career management strategy for HSB’s staff.