Every day, CBM is working to restore life to people living with disability in the world’s poorest countries. In 2012 CBM reached out to more than 31 million people who were living with or at risk of disability.
In developing countries, people with a disability are often unable to
access the basics services such as education and healthcare, and are
excluded from employment, and social and community activities.
Without these opportunities, people with disability often fall deeper
into poverty and become more vulnerable to illnesses that can lead to
further disability. Our work is focused on breaking this persistent
cycle. Disability and poverty go hand in hand, so we tackle them together.
We’re working in over 70 countries to provide the kind of medical help
that transforms lives – restoring the gift of sight, straightening
twisted limbs, and making sure we keep young mothers and babies safe
during childbirth. We also make sure we’re on the ground to provide
immediate aid in times of emergency and give long-term support where
To have a lasting impact on the lives of the poorest men, women and
children with disability, we encourage self-reliance and participation.
We always work in partnership with local organisations, and we provide
an important advocacy link to local and national governments and
agencies. At home and overseas, we campaign tirelessly to change
attitudes towards disability.
We were formerly known as Christian Blind Mission – but now we do so
much more! Over time, CBM’s work has widened from serving just people
with vision impairment to giving all people with disabilities access to
basic healthcare services and restoring life. CBM is now the world’s
largest Christian organisation working with people with disabilities in
the poorest places.
Our Vision: An inclusive world in which all persons
with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full
In 1908, German pastor Ernst Christoffel founded CBM in Turkey with the
opening of a home for children who were blind and orphaned. From these
small beginnings, CBM has grown into today being one of the world’s
leading disability and development agencies.
Christoffel built CBM on core values such as Christianity,
internationalism, professionalism, stewardship, honest communication and
inclusion – all values we’re committed to today.
For over 100 years, CBM has been making life-changing differences in the lives of the world’s poorest people.
10 million miracles and counting!
We’ve come a long way since we performed our first cataract operation in
Afghanistan in 1966, and in 2010 CBM reached an amazing milestone – we
performed our 10 millionth cataract surgery! At CBM’s partner hospital
the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Tanzania, Dr Heiko Phillipin
said he was humbled to perform the historic surgery on Joyce Kayaa, and
restore her sight and her hope for the future.