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.