The program has in place a nine member Advisory Committee which formulates policies and provides expert advice for management to enhance effective and efficient running of the project. The membership of the Advisory Committee consists of the following District institutions/organizations: Ghana Education Service, Ghana Health Services, Department of Social Welfare, Department of Community Development, Traditional Council, and Representative of the Disabled People Organization, District Minister, District Assembly and CBR Project Coordinator who acts as the secretary of the committee.
As the project coordinator, Maxwell Akandem oversees the general administration of the Presbyterian CBR programme. He plans, coordinates, and reports on the project’s activities. He supervises staff and financial accounts and prepares annuals budgets and reports. He also works closely with community leaders and members to develop projects that will benefit PCBR clients.
Maxwell lives in Sandema with his wife and three children. He has been with PCBR since 1996, working first as a field officer, then as a field supervisor. In 2002 he took on the role of acting project coordinator but took a leave in 2003 to study Integrated Development Studies at the University for Development Studies. He returned to PCBR in 2007 to continue with his role as project coordinator and has been working in that capacity since. Maxwell is passionate about his work with PCBR because he wants to bring happiness to the poorest of the poor.
David Akanpentiba Achuroa is the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator from Sandema, Ghana. He strives to ensure that projects are implemented according to the plan. He supports with fundraising and monitor activities lead by the Disabled Persons Organizations of surrounding communities and facilitate self-help groups (Mental Health and Parents with Children with Cerebral Palsy). David’s position in CBR is unique. He joined first in 1998 as a client and progressed steadily to the position of a volunteer, team leader and now the current position. He is passionate about working with children and youth with disabilities. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Community Nutrition where he acquired critical thinking skills and applies them to his passions for development.
Agbaan Akanbontuak Elijah is a dedicated and a professional field officer for the Builsa South region. He is from Sandema and has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Development Studies. His education background in development combined with his passion for making an impact in the lives of Persons with Disabilities has shaped him into becoming the field officer he now is. His specialized approach to development includes a micro practice dimension where he strives to engage alongside clients by practicing active listening techniques and understanding to creatively plan interventions that will be successful in helping them.
Azewie Festus Apiung is the supervisor responsible for the Survival Yards project and supporting the field officers. He is originally from Chuchuilga and attended Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Tamale, majoring in geography and rural development. He enjoys his time work with PCBR because it gives him the opportunity to help people with disabilities in society.
Joe is an officer operational in Chiana, overseeing all PCBR activities in the area including survival yards. Joe also helps organize health screenings and supervision of PCBR’s physiotherapy programs in its operational area which he truly enjoys. Joe was born in Chiana and completed his training in physiotherapy at the Nsawam Orthopedic Training Centre. He then trained at Bawku hospital to hone his skills before coming to work with PCBR in May of 2005.
Apaapo Gilbert is the accounts officer for PCBR. He is passionate about working for the organization and when he is not at the office he enjoys playing and watching football. Mr. Gilbert holds a Diploma in Business Development Studies in Accountancy from Bolgatanga Polytechnic.
Azunga Prince Kwesi is a programme officer at PCBR for Sandema, Builsa North district. His primary roles include monitoring projects and clients in the field and collaborating with Disabled People’s Organizations in the communities. He is interested in working with PWDs to bridge the gap between disability issues and development practices in the area. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Entrepreneurship Development Studies from the University for Development Studies.
Abolnab Azantilow is a student intern for PCBR originally from Sandema, with experience living in other parts of the country such as the capital, Accra. The meaning of his nickname Mealo goes in hand with his friendly nature. He was brought to PCBR by an academic opportunity to pursue an internship during the summer months. He chose PCBR particularly to improve his abilities to connect theory and practice in his field of study. He is currently an undergraduate student in a Human Resource Management program in Zenith University College.
Lina Adeetuk is also a student intern based in Sandema, Ghana where she is from. She attends the University of Ghana in Legon. She is pursuing a fascinating Bachelors degree in Geography and Resource Development with a minor in Archeology. She is brought to PCBR particularly to gain practical experience in field work and other organizational experience which aligns with the requirements of her studies. Lina is eager to learn and ready for adventures which is great for CBR field work assignments.
Adangabe Ebeneezer is a Ghanaian intern from Kadema, Builsa South. He is attending the University of Development Studies and passionate about Health Science Education, which is his declared major. This degree relates heavily to PCBR’s education and health components of the matrix, which brought him to PCBR for practical experience related to this field. Ebeneezer is knowledgeable and eager for new achievements and goals in his career.
Abaween Noel is an intern from Kobdema, Sandema with an emerging interest in helping the cause of social inclusion and rights of people with disabilities in Ghana. He is currently a student at the University of Development Studies pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Community Development. Noel is a fast learner and eager to help others in the office to accomplish the vision of CBR.
Himasara Marasinghe is an intern from Canada currently studying at the University of Calgary pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Anthropology. What brought her to PCBR was the opportunity to work with people with disabilities and those who are marginalized from the community. She is grateful for the chance to gain practical experience in development and disability issues outside of a classroom setting. Her lively nature has helped her in embracing the cultural diversity in and outside of the office.
Kevin Capuno is an intern from the University of Calgary in his final year of a combined degree in Urban Studies and International Development. His position at PCBR is twofold, as a nominee from the University of Calgary Internships in Development program, and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Recipient, with generous funding provided by Universities Canada. Kevin is eager to acquire practical experience in international development experience in the field and integrate theory with development practice.
Kelsi Babin is an intern from Calgary, Canada also completing her practicum for a Masters in Social Work, specialized in International and Community Development. She is passionate about community development with a strength-based approach to practice. She also obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights and Global Studies. Kelsi has complimented her role at CBR by investing heavily in relationships built with the community in Sandema, helping her navigate and appreciate cultural differences in development work.