Transforming the Lives of South Sudanese Refugees with Disabilities

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"The HHA East Africa team is absolutely delighted to have been awarded this prestigious award. For our work to be recognised in this way is a true honour and a celebration of the incredible impact delivered by our passionate team every day.”
What the Judges said

In the context of refugees” the judges said “HHA EA is doing incredible work, often one-to-one in a project led by people with their own experiences of forced displacement.” They noted HHA EA’s innovations included the involvement of whole households, teaching skills for running businesses, agricultural self-reliance and evidence of community effectiveness that is commendably community-based and holistic.

What they say in the Field

“HHA’s nutrition project enables me to engage directly with people living with disabilities who, in many instances, are left out in community projects. I am proud of creating confidence and courage for people living with disability to provide independent livelihoods for themselves. ” – Ogwang Robert Rapsy – HHA EA Nutritional Officer

“Before this project started many children in my area were malnourished, and they used to eat once in a day and at times sleep hungry without food.  They had no other means of generating household income for themselves.  I used to be thin and less energetic but now I’m strong and able to do farm work by myself to produce adequate food for consumption and sales.” – Kenyi Simon, HHA Nutrition Project Beneficiary

‘He couldn’t walk, we had to carry him everywhere and he couldn’t go to school. When we came to the HHA rehabilitation centre, we started gaining hope. We are finally ok. We know he is a boy with a bright future!’ Parents of five-year-old Ibrahim, recipient of a prosthetic leg at the HHA rehabilitation centre, BidiBidi

“I am passionate about serving humanity and grateful to put smiles on the marginalised population, especially the disabled.” – Nakitto Benah, Occupational Therapist, HHA Rehabilitation Centre, BidiBidi 

“Since the car accident in 2016, I have been feeling out of place and have lost my smile. Now I have a new leg I will beat the stigma and this will make me more happy.” – Rashid, HHA mobile clinic beneficiary and recipient of a prosthetic leg in the Palorinya refugee settlement.

Ockenden International’s four cash prizes recognise and reward innovative projects that deliver evidential self-reliance to refugees and/or displaced people, the hallmark of Ockenden International since its inception in 1951. The four annual prizes are open to projects or programmes focused on Internally Displaced People (IDP)/refugee self-reliance anywhere in the world. The other eleven 2023 finalists (with the other three winners italicised) were: