>OUR THEMATIC AREAS
Disability being a cross-cutting issue, SIMON works on a range of thematic areas to promote inclusion in all aspects of social development and address concerns thereof within the context of disability.
>ADVANCING COMMUNITY-BASED INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT
Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR)is the banner program of Simon of Cyrene.
First introduced by the organization in 1987, the program is the most practical and feasible means of reaching out to persons with disabilities and the communities.
A divergence from the dole-out approach, CBR was designed to empower persons with disabilities and mobilize community support in addressing disability issues, promoting social inclusion and providing equal opportunity for all.
After three decades, SIMON’s CBR Program has grown and evolved into a strategy for Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID). The concept of inclusive development denotes that communities adapt their structures and procedures to facilitate the mainstreaming to ensure that persons with disabilities are fully included in all aspects of community life and provided with full access to services.
WHAT IS SIMON'S APPROACH?
SIMON promotes the rights of persons with disabilities and pursues the two-pronged approach of Partnership with the Local Government Units to mainstream disability in community development and Empowerment of the Disabled People’s Organizations to advocate for their rights and participate in the delivery of services to Persons with Disabilities
It employs empowerment and advocacy as a proactive strategy in promoting a “rights–based approach” to address disability issues. This strategy builds on the role of persons with disabilities, the families and communities, Disabled People’s Organizations, Local Government Units and other stakeholders in creating an inclusive and barrier-free environment for persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.
INCLUSION & RIGHTS: Education, Livelihood, Social & Political Participation
>WHERE WE WORK
SIMON works with Disabled People’s Organizations and local communities in advocating for the rights and addressing the needs of persons with disabilities.
It first piloted its programs in the town of Daraga in 1982 before gradually expanding its program reach to neighboring towns and provinces.
Presently, SIMON is co-implementing the CBID Program with Local Government Units in eighteen (18) cities/municipalities in Albay, eleven (11) cities/municipalities in Camarines Sur and five (5) municipalities in Catanduanes.
Our presence in these areas has been a key factor in ensuring that programs and services for persons with disabilities are integrated into the City/Municipal Development Plan and rights-based initiatives are in place.
>CBID PROGRAM COMPONENTS
EARLY INTERVENTION PROJECT (EIP)
SIMON’s Early Intervention Project identifies and works with 0-6 years old children with developmental delays. The children are provided with stimulation, cognitive and language training, gross and fine motor coordination and social and self-help experiences, thereby avoiding many of the major complications that may arise later in life.
CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY FOR RIGHTS AND EMPOWERMENT (CARE)
The Children’s Advocacy for Rights and Empowerment (CARE) Project aims strengthen the development and participation of children and youth with disabilities, aged 7 to 25, by mainstreaming programs on empowerment, inclusive education and child protection in schools and communities.
EYE AND EAR CARE PROGRAM
The program intends to reduce the prevalence of blindness and deafness in the Bicol Region through preventive and curative intervention strategies. Screenings and education campaigns are conducted by SIMON and district partners in schools, communities and homes, alongside the provision of medicine, glasses and surgery when required.
DISABILITY INCLUSIVE DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT (DIDRRM) PROGRAM
The Disability Inclusive Risk Reduction and Management (DIDRRM) Program was launched by SIMON in 2010 as one of the components of the CBR Program.
SIMON’s community-based Mental Health Program is geared towards reducing cases of mental illness through public education campaigns and supporting referral processes to detect, assess and provide appropriate intervention to persons with mental illness or psychosocial disability.
SAGIP KAPAMILYA SIMON OF CYRENE VILLAGE
Sagip Kapamilya Simon of Cyrene Village (SKSCV) is a resettlement site established in 2008 for families of persons with disabilities devastated by Typhoon Reming.
Based from recent studies, children with disabilities are four times more likely to suffer from abuse and violence than their non-disabled counterparts.
>EVENTS & PROJECTS
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4th Bicol Community Based Inclusive Development Congress
The Bicol CBID Association is off to a roaring start this year. Together with Simon of Cyrene, the regional association of CBID Program implementers hosted the 4th Bicol CBID Congress on February 26, 2019 at Hotel St. Ellis, Legazpi City with the theme: “Never Alone…Always Together for Inclusive Development.”
SIMON IN ACTION: Relief Operation in Landslide-Hit Areas
Tropical Depression Usman made landfall in Borongan, Eastern Samar on December 29, 2018, with maximum sustained winds of 55km/h and gustiness of up to 65km/h.
Simon Joins Fight Against Lowering The Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility
Following the approval by the House of Representatives of House Bill 8858 which aims to lower down the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility from 15 to 12 years old, SIMON issued out a statement strongly opposing the said measure.
>TOUCHED BY SIMON: STORIES FROM THE FIELD
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Going Beyond "Limb-itations"
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The Happy Feet
Seeking Refuge from the Harsh Realities
“Pinaglihi daw ako ng nanay ko sa fried chicken kaya ganito ang itsura ko,” says a visibly amused Emman (I look like this because of my mother’s alleged fondness for fried chicken when she was pregnant with me).
Nicole, 5, twirls and prances around the room while her parents were being interviewed. A vivacious child, she shows no sign of having gone through a gruelling ordeal. Nicole was born with unilateral clubfoot, one of the most common congenital skeletal deformities.
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Mercy, a 44-year old woman with Down syndrome, waited patiently for her name to be called before making her way to the front row to receive the food items, hygiene kit and water container from Simon of Cyrene during its relief distribution on February 22, 2017.