Local primary school gives land for gardening project

The Rural Ability Programme’s community disability workers (CDWs) work with a group of 15 people who have a range of physical and intellectual disabilities and at the beginning of 2016, a group of patients approached the CDWs with an idea. They wanted to start their own vegetable garden.

A member of the school governing body of a local primary school mentioned that there was a large piece of land at the school that had been designated for a garden, but had never been used. He encouraged RAP CDW, Buzeka Nkanunu, to meet with the school’s principal to request the use of the land for a community garden.

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2017 Champalimaud Foundation Vision Award

On 5 September CBM was presented with the prestigious António Champalimaud Vision Award for 2017, for its work in actively seeking to empower individuals disabled by blindness. CBM was announced as joint winner of the annual award, the largest in the world in the area of vision, together with the UK charity Sightsavers, during a ceremony in Lisbon.
Dr Babar Qureshi, CBM Director for Inclusive Eye Health, and Massimo Maggio, CEO CBM Italy and Member of the CBM International Leadership Team, were present to accept the award on behalf of CBM.

CBM SA chair receives lifetime achievement award

The chairman of CBM South Africa’s board, Dr William Rowland received a National Lifetime Achievement Award at the Disability Rights Summit, organised by the Department of Social Development, which was held in Gauteng, South Africa on 12 March 2016.
Organised by the Department of Social Development, the summit was convened to analyse and convert the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into realisable outcomes through practical implementation.
As part of the event, the winners of the National Disability Awards were announced. “The awards were initiated in 2009 to celebrate persons with disabilities and disability activists who have excelled during the previous year,” explains Martin Hahn, CEO of CBM SA. “And I am delighted to congratulate Dr Rowland.

CBMSA board member attends congress

Ms Alex Msitshana, CBMSA board member, attended and presented at the World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf in July 2015. The congress covered a wide range of topics related to the deaf community and was an opportunity for networking and personal growth.

One of CBM South Africa’s board members, Ms Alex Msitshana, attended the World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf, which took place in Istanbul, Turkey from 28 July to 1 August 2015.

Nepal earthquake

On 25th April 2015 at 11:41 local time a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, with the epicentre 81km northwest of Kathmandu. There were tremors of up to two minutes and by evening, at least 18 aftershocks had been felt.

CBM Emergency Response Unit has been in contact with our Regional and Country Offices, and partners, who are all safe. We are in the process of planning a disability-inclusive response.

The local team has started assessing the situation, with partners, and international team is on the way.

CBM is supporting nine partner-projects in Nepal. These include eye and ear care programmes, orthopaedic and Community-based Rehabilitation services, mainstreaming of mental health and psychosocial disability, education and livelihood and empowerment of women as well as disability-inclusive development advocacy initiatives.

New Programme Co-ordinator appointed

Shannon Morgan was appointed Programme Co-ordinator for the Rural Ability Programme.

We are delighted to announce that Shannon Morgan has joined the Rural Ability Programmeas Programme Co-ordinator.  Shannon is a qualified Occupational Therapist with a passion for community based rehabilitation.  She is also not a new face in the Zithulele community, having spent five year working at Zithulele Hospital and helping to develop rehabilitation services in the area. After spending last year working for the Cerebral Palsy Association in Port Elizabeth, Shannon has returned to Zithulele to play a lead role in the implementation of the Rural Ability Programme.

Dr William Rowland new Chairman of CBM South Africa

Dr William Rowland has accepted the nomination to serve as chairman of the CBM South Africa board and will bring a wealth of experience in disability and leadership to the international CBM family. William has founded several successful disability NGO’s over the decades, has served as the CEO for the National Council for the Blind, and served later as president of the WBU (World Blind Union).

Energizing developments for CBM South Africa

The board meeting in November 2014 was particularly important as the Strategy for the youngest member in the global CBM family was agreed upon for the next years.

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