Who We Are
Presbyterian Community Based Rehabilitation Sandema’s vision for the communities we serve:
*Inclusive, healthy, educated communities brought about through responsible, effective, and sustainable public policies.
*Empowered, self-sufficient, and inspired PWDs , boasting improved livelihoods and standards of living throughout the communities PCBR serves.
PCBR strives to break the cycle of disability and poverty and empower PWDs and local leaders to foster the development of inclusive, accessible and healthy communities. PCBR engages in a diverse range of activities that focus on promoting sustainable, appropriate and inclusive systemic change. PCBR’s activities focus on promoting social inclusion and empowerment, improving health and education outcomes, and generating sustainable and increased livelihoods.
Presbyterian Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Sandema is a non-governmental organization working to improve the lives of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) within the Upper East Region of Ghana. We aim to provide inclusive development to Persons with Disabilities by mainstreaming disability issues into development initiatives, and by changing the perception of disability within our operational area. Our work spreads across the four political administrative districts of Bulsa North, Bulsa South, Kassena Nankana East, and Kassena Nankana West.
Presbyterian CBR Sandema was first establshed in 1991 as an agricultural rehabilitation project for the blind. The Presbyterian Church of Ghana created the program to aid those affected by onchocerciasis, a blinding condition that is transmittable to humans through the Simulium fly. It was then realized that the program could perform a great service to the community and to the goal of poverty reduction by expanding the breadth of it’s work to include those suffering from other forms of disability. The Presbyterian Church of Ghana along with Christian Blind Mission adopted a comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation program in 1995 to help the 134,000 Persons with Disabilities that live across our operational area.
In order to improve the lives of Persons with Disabilities, the program seeks to achieve realistic objectives and workable activities in line with the key components/guidelines of the World Health Organization’s Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) model; namely in the areas of health intervention, educational intervention, livelihood development, social intervention, and advocacy and empowerment. The many ways that PCBR Sandema aims to improve the lives of Persons with Disabilities can be found here.
PCBR works to achieve its objectives, while promoting the following core values:
- Accountability and Transparency: PCBR programs are designed in open consultation with our partners and our primary stakeholders; the PWDs that the program aims to serve.
- Addressing Root Causes: PCBR programs focus not only on supporting PWDs, but employ a holistic prevention strategy which includes widespread education and empowerment programs. PCBR focuses on mainstreaming disability issues and tackling discriminatory or exclusionary behaviors embedded in society that contribute to the marginalization of PWDs in the communities we serve.
- Collaboration: PCBR recognizes the importance of working closely with a diverse range of stakeholders to develop programs that are innovative, creative and impactful. PCBR cultivates partnerships in the areas we serve, in communities around Ghana, and with international partners. PCBR invests in developing the communities we serve, and the staff that implements our programs.
- Respect: PCBR’s activities are founded on a deep commitment to promoting respect and preserving dignity for all project stakeholders.
- Advocacy: PCBR uses its position of influence in society to give a platform and forum for the voices of PWDs throughout its catchment areas. Project staff demonstrate a deep commitment to shaping the popular discourse relating to disability issues.