The Community Based Inclusive Development Organization – Kagera (CBIDO-Kagera) is a not-for-profit Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Karagwe District of Kagera Region, Tanzania. CBIDO-Kagera is registered in 2019 with a registration number 00NGO/R/0659 with a legal mandate to operate nationally. The organization works under the Trusteeship of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, Diocese of Kagera.
CBIDO-Kagera’s main preoccupation is enhancing the quality of life, dignity and inclusion of Persons with Disabilities – particularly, Children and Youngsters with Disabilities (CYWD). Since it became operational in January 2019, CBIDO-Kagera has been implementing programmes in the areas of healthcare, inclusive education and socio-economic empowerment of persons with a disabilities (PWDs) and their caregivers/families.
The major strategies explored by CBIDO-Kagera to arrive at its mission include offering rehabilitation and care services, advocacy for inclusion and improved conditions for CYWDs and capacity development of CYWDs and their caregivers. Two other equally important strategies are networking with other service providers/referral systems as well as documentation/evidence building.
CBIDO-Kagera pursues participatory programme approaches that entail working closely with PWDs, their families and complementary multi-level stakeholders, both State and Non-State-Actors (NSAs). At community level, CBIDO-Kagera works with Village Rehabilitation Workers (VRWs), who make weekly home visits to supported CYWDs. These are besides regular mobile village health clinics, often attended by doctors from local hospitals. Further, CBIDO-Kagera has full access to a central rehabilitation center where CYWD receive intensive physiotherapy. The rehabilitation center is also used to train parents/caregivers of the CYWDs and volunteers.
Although having started operating as an independent legal entity only in 2019, it is noteworthy that CBIDO-Kagera was crafted out of the KCBRP that has been working in Karagwe since 2004. Thus, although legally young, CBIDO-Kagera inherits 15 years of experience of CBR/CBID programming in Karagwe. This includes a legacy of community structures, relationships and human resources.
CBIDO exist of an Executive secretary (1), who is in charge of the daily operations, an Accountant (1) in charge of the financial administration, five CBR Facilitators (5), who are working 4 days a week in the villages to do assessments of children at entrance , follow up or at exit and train the guardians and village rehabilitation workers in assisting the children in the best way. Next to that they also meet with local leaders, schools and visit village meetings to create awareness and improve the living conditions on a community level. CBIDO also has one Physiotherapist (1), Occupational therapist (1), Nutritionist (1) and Psychosocial counselor (1) who visits the children partly at home and partly receives them in the centre for therapies. One Data and records management officer (1), who is a trainee, working on all data collection and evaluation of them to be able to give the right services and work on strategies on preventive measurements. In the Centre we have a small Polytechnic, offering a 1 year training with two Trainers (2) in tailoring and leather production. The Support staff (3), a cook, cleaner and a guard are assisting in the Centre. In the 20 villages within the program we have Village Rehabilitation Workers (20), who are volunteers and visit all children within their village on a regular basis.
Our Board has ten members (11), with persons from different stakeholders, like the local government and the Anglican Church. The board is overseeing the management of CDIDO. They meet 3 times per year.
What Drives Us
An inclusive society where persons with disabilities attain full potential and live in dignity.
To enhance the resilience and quality of life of children and youngsters with disabilities.