A dynamic resource institution working with persons with disabilities toward a compassionate, just and inclusive society.
Empowering persons with disabilities to be equal members of society through a community-based inclusive development program in partnership with various stakeholders.
SIMON is governed by the Board of Trustees. Composed of eleven (11) members who offer pro bono services, the Board of Trustees set strategic directions, provide dynamic leadership and act as the policy-making body of the organization.
The BOT President serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization
OUR THEMATIC AREAS >
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.
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, four (4) municipalities in Masbate, five (5) municipalities in Camarines Norte, 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.