Afghan Amputee Bicyclists for Rehabilitation and Recreation (AABRAR) is a local Afghan non-government organization that is concerned with the rehabilitation and socio-economic integration of disabled people and other vulnerable groups into the community.
In its inception in 1992, AABRAR began a bicycle-training program for amputees to improve mobility and increase their independence, enabling them to travel to and from work, and save on transportations costs. Since then, AABRAR has expanded its activities to offer a range of services to vulnerable people, designing special programs for women and children to address their needs. AABRAR’s programs include physiotherapy and health care, bicycle training, vocational trainings, numeracy and literacy classes, mine awareness and health education training, and various sporting activities. AABRAR also works in the area of social development, helping to raise awareness of the rights of disabled people within Afghanistan and dispel negative attitudes towards disability.
AABRAR is concerned with the physical rehabilitation and socio-economic integration of disabled and other vulnerable people into the community, and has implemented a range of activities to help people achieve mobility, become economically empowered, increase self-confidence, and develop the skills needed to live an independent life. Initially AABRAR’s direct beneficiaries were predominately-disabled people. Later on by only focusing on certain groups such as ‘disabled people’, other vulnerable groups often fall through the cracks and remain unassisted by NGO’s. AABRAR has therefore widened its beneficiary classification to include people from other vulnerable groups such as widows, orphans, unemployed people, ex-combatants, and street working children, so as to reach those people most in need of assistance.
Since its inception in 1992, AABRAR has helped over 6,000 people recover physically and emotionally from their injuries and increased their socio-economic participation. AABRAR has centers in Kabul , Jalalabad, sub offices in Kuner, Laghman, Nooristan,Parwan, Paktia, Logar, Balkh, Baghlan, Kunduz, Kapisa, Punjsher and is seeking to expand its programs to all major cities in Afghanistan.
AABRAR is a registered member of the Islamic Government of Afghanistan, (ministry of economy) a registered member of Afghan NGO Coordination Body (ANCB), a Member of the Steering Committee of the Afghan Campaign to Ban Landmines (ACBL), and a Member of the Afghan Paralympics Committee (APC).
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