Community Based Rehabilitation Service (CBRS) was established in 1995 as a non profit-making social organization working for and with disabled people, their families and the community. It is well established and known in the disability and community development sectors in Nepal. As well as working towards physical rehabilitation, CBRS promotes a self-reliant and dignified life for children and young adults with disabilities through training in sustainable livelihood, inclusive education and initiatives, lobbying and advocacy services.
CBRS regards disability as a social issue, with a focus on empowerment and rights. We provide rehabilitation services and mobility devices, as well as increasing opportunities for education and income generation. We work within the community to promote attitude change and increased knowledge about disability and we train other organizations in this philosophy. We refer as necessary those people with disabilities who need to take service from other organizations.
Our activities promote participation and inclusion at all levels, aiming to create an inclusive society through the empowerment of disabled people where they enjoy equal rights and social benefits. We have been adopting the Rights Based Approach (RBA) in designing and implementing programs to strengthened social integration. CBRS also works at a national level to promote the inclusion of disabled people within the activities of community development organizations.
Currently, CBRS works in three Districts of West Nepal: Kaski, Syangja and Tanahu. The field programme area is located within twenty-nine Village Development Committees (VDC) and two Municipalities in Kaski district, twenty-four Village Development Committees and two Municipalities in Syangja district, and one municipality and 3 Village Development Committees in Tanahun district. Children with disabilities from outside these areas can attend weekly counseling days (every Sunday and Friday), available in all field offices.