| Jul 14, 2023
"The glue that holds our work together"
Community Based Rehabilitation workers (CBRs) are an important resource across all of our project areas - Haiti, Uganda's refugee settlements, and most recently, South Sudan, where we've started work again this year. Our East Africa Operation's Coordinator Phil describes CBRs as 'the glue that holds the various strands of work together': they have the most contact with the people we support, not only identifying beneficiaries, but also coordinating our other resources to ensure their needs are met as best as possible. They are our vital connection to the community, enabling us to find and reach the people that are most in need.
The vast distances in the refugee settlements we work in (BidiBidi settlement alone is an estimated 250 square kilometers) mean that many people in need of our help are unable to access our services from our New Hope centre, because it's simply too far for them to travel. This is why our mobile clinics - where we take our services into the communitiy - are so important. Our CBRs are key to these outreach sessions: they liaise between the beneficiaries and the mobile team, support the team on the day, and follow up with the beneficiaries at their homes to ensure their needs are being met.
We know how important CBRs are to offering a holistic service and reaching the most vulnerable - which is why they will be a key feature of our new team in Kajo Keji, South Sudan, which we are very excited to be in the process of recruiting for this month. We have already hired a new team of 3 CBRs who will work in conjunction with the new clinic when it is completed later this year. In the meantime, they are already making connections in the community, identifying those in need of our help, and coordinating mobile outreach services from the New Hope team in BidiBidi.
Thank you for supporting these amazing people - the glue that holds our work together!
New South Sudan CBR team meeting