About us

About us

CBR Effata was founded in 1996 by Frank van der Maas. People with disabilities are supported in Nigeria and Guinea Bissau to overcome difficulties. This assistance will be given from a Biblical perspective.

Two countries

Since 1996 several projects have been realised in Izzi, a poor area in Ebonyi State, Nigeria.

From 2014 CBR Effata also works in the North of Guinea Bissau.

  • CBR Effata centrum in Izzi, Ebonyi State, Nigeria

National registrations


CBR Effata has been registered as NGO “CBR Effata” in Nigeria and “RBC Effata” in Guinea Bissau. The schools in Nigeria have been registered with the Ministry of Education.

The name

CBR is an abbreviation of Community Based Rehabilitation. This is the method used because rehabilitation of People with Disabilities is best when it takes place in and with the community.

Effata is an Aramaic expression of Jesus, written in Mark 7 verse 34, where a deaf person was healed.