Our History

CBR Education and Training for Empowerment (CREATE) was formed as a Section 21 (not for profit) company in March 2001.  Prior to this Sarah Rule and Bongi Zuma had been operating in KwaZulu Natal as a branch of the Institute of Urban Primary Health Care from Alexandra township in Gauteng.

Initially CREATE ran a community based rehabilitation (CBR) course for mid-level workers called community rehabilitation facilitators.  This course was accredited and a continuation of training initiated at Alexandra Health Centre in 1991.  Unfortunately due to a change in policy of the Occupational Therapy Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa, CREATE was required to close down the mid-level CBR training at the end of 2006.

Subsequently CREATE has diversified its work to encompass more aspects of community based rehabilitation, particularly as the concept of CBR has developed internationally.  CREATE was involved in the pilot and field testing and implementation of inclusive education in KwaZulu Natal from 2001 to 2009.  CREATE also assisted the national Department of Social Development to pilot test and train personnel in CBR from 2009 to 2011.

In this website you will also see work that we have done on disability-inclusive development; HIV, sexuality and disability; justice for people with disabilities; advocacy for disability rights; assisting youth with disabilities to access livelihood opportunities and training a variety of personnel.  All these are linked to our understanding of community based rehabilitation.