HandiCap sur le Monde is now half-way through their journey in NZ, and paradoxally enough, it is the furthest place we are from France. This country, provided with breathtaking landscapes and where Maori culture is still so overwhelming, is also a valuable example in the way people deal with the issue of disability. Consequently, we will go and meet organizations, charities and companies that will be able to tell us and share their experience about their innovating way of dealing with handicap; integration through sport and employment.
Hardly had we landed in New-Zealand that the country was like a dreamland to us. Everyone knows that NZ is a really special place. Many globe-trotters rank this country among their top 3 must-visit destinations and all the New Zealander immigrants we met in Australia had told us about their people’s warm-heartedness and their country’s spectacular and magnificent scenery. Add to it its fascinating Maori culture and its unpredictable weather… this cannot be but the most amazing and surprising stage of our journey.
But unfortunately, we won’t really have time to spend time enjoying the beauty of the place for we are here to meet, as we did in Australia, organizations, charities and companies involved in helping disabled people, and whose practices we might then transfer to France.
First the association will go to Wellington in order to meet two organizations who are involved in disabled people employment: Employer’s Disability Network and Workbridge. Then we will head up north to Auckland to see how is inclusion through sport for disabled people by meeting Halberg Trust, organization who helps people with disability to practise sport.
So…now is the time…let’s get started.