COMMUNITY-BASED REHABILITATION (CBR) PROGRAM
This is Simon's banner program; adopted as the most practical and feasible approach to reach out to more people with disabilities. Working together with Local Government Units (LGUs) and Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs) of Albay and Camarines Sur, we provide training, resources and ongoing support to these communities.
What is CBR?
CBR is defined as follows:
"Community-based rehabilitation is a strategy for rehabilitation, equalization of opportunities, poverty reduction and social inclusion of people with disabilities" (WHO-ILO-UNESCO, 2005).
What is Simon's approach?
Although services extend to all ages, Simon of Cyrene concentrates on children and youth (0-25 years). The components and strategies below focus on people with orthopaedic, visual, hearing and developmental (mental) impairments:
A. PRIMARY PREVENTION
SCCRDFI acts against factors that may cause an impairment of any person by:
C. INCLUSION & RIGHTS: Education, livelihood, social & political participation
Simon of Cyrene's work throughout the past 33 years (1982-2015) could not have been possible without the partnerships with, and support of, local government units (LGUs) and Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs) in the provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur. The foundation works to empower and strengthen the DPOs to be competitive, prepared to face the challenges they will meet as they advocate for the rights of PWDs.
Presently, we conduct regular trainings and work closely with LGUs, DPOs and volunteer field volunteers in the following areas:
Daraga, Santo Domingo, Malinao, Tabaco City, Ligao City, Legazpi City, Libon, Guinobatan, Camalig, Tiwi
Pili, Ocampo, Iriga City, Sag˝ay, Tigaon, Baao
Community Volunteers The work of the staff is complemented by Community Based Rehabilitation Volunteers who are trained to identify persons with disabilities in their communities, mobilize community resources and refer the needs of persons with disabilities to appropriate agencies for services which cannot be met at the community level.
Volunteer students help in the socialization, recreational activities, peer counseling and other social services. Physical/Occupational therapists also volunteer their services at the Galilee Rehabilitation Center.