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>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.

ADVOCACY

EMPOWERMENT

DIDRRM

HEALTH

REHABILITATION

CHILD PROTECTION

INCLUSIVE  EDUCATION

LIVELIHOOD

>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.

ADVOCACIES

 

DISABILITY PREVENTION

 

  • Early detection/identification of persons with disability
  • Extending primary health care services
  • Improving levels of hygiene and nutrition
  • Community education

 

DISABILITY REHABILITATION

 

  • Diagnosis
  • Interventions through physical, educational and vocational evaluation
  • Counseling of persons with disability, family, support group and community

 

INCLUSION & RIGHTS: Education, Livelihood, Social & Political Participation

 

  • Supporting self-advocacy groups
  • Undertaking public awareness and education campaigns
  • Prevention of isolation and segregation due to disabilities
  • Mobilizing support for the needs of persons with disability
  • Integration of the program for equal opportunities in all provinces
  • Sectoral representation in local development councils
  • Gender-inclusive and interfaith

>EVENTS & PROJECTS

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FEBRUARY 2020

FEBRUARY 2019

FEBRUARY 2019

SIMON TAPPED AS LOCAL PARTNER FOR iREACH PROJECT

4th Bicol Community Based Inclusive Development Congress

SIMON IN ACTION: Relief Operation in Landslide-Hit Areas

Typhoon Tisoy, known internationally as Kammuri, was the strongest storm to hit the Philippines in 2019. Packing with wind speeds of up to 215kph per hour, Tisoy left a trail of destruction in its wake as it hammered the Bicol Peninsula towards midnight of December 2 until the early morning of December 3.

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.”

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.

2019 SOURCES OF FUNDS

65 %
33 %
2 %

2019 USES OF FUNDS

90 %
10 %

Program Expenses

Admin Expenses

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>TOUCHED BY SIMON: STORIES FROM THE FIELD

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Defiying The Odds

THE GUIDING HAND

SPINE OF STEEL

EIP Project Participant

EIP Facilitator

PWD President

Eunice’s mom was only fifteen when she gave birth to her. She kept her pregnancy from us. She used a binder to contain her bulging stomach and hid it well under her school uniform and loose t-shirts. I didn’t know that she was pregnant until she was on her seventh month. She has not seen a doctor for prenatal care,” narrates Melba, Eunice’s grandmother.

At age six, Melinda lost her right hand in a freak accident. She stuck a piece of wood into the rice huller and it was sucked up along with her hand. Her father, who works at the rice mill, rushed her to the hospital where her severely damaged hand was amputated.

In a blink of an eye, Don’s life was forever changed. Straight from work, I made way home aboard my motorcycle shortly before dawn of November 27, 2010. I may have dozed off a bit as I approached a sharp curve near Legazpi Airport. Next thing I knew, I was in the hospital.”

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.

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>WHERE WE WORK

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.

>CBID PROGRAM COMPONENTS

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.

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EARLY INTERVENTION PROJECT (EIP)

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.

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EYE AND EAR CARE PROGRAM

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The Disability Inclusive Risk Reduction and Management (DIDRRM) Program was launched by SIMON in 2010 as one of the components of the CBR Program.

DISABILITY INCLUSIVE DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT (DIDRRM) PROGRAM

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MENTAL HEALTH

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.

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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.

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CHILD PROTECTION

Based from recent studies, children with disabilities are four times more likely to suffer from abuse and violence than their non-disabled counterparts.

CONTACT US

286 BAÑAG, DARAGA , ALBAY

PHILIPPINES 4501

PHONE : +63 (052) 7420170

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