Pastor Ernst Christoffel and Turkish boy

CBM was founded by Pastor Ernst Christoffel in 1908. Inspired by his Christian faith, Pastor Christoffel cared for the needs of children with disability and orphans in Turkey and Iran.

Today, CBM is committed to the values Pastor Christoffel held and built his organisation upon.


Our mission statement

CBM is an International Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world.

Our vision

An inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.

Our values

  • INTERNATIONAL – We are an international organisation
  • PROFESSIONAL – We aim for quality in what we do
  • CHRISTIAN – We strive to follow the teachings and examples of Jesus Christ
  • INCLUSIVE – We promote and build an inclusive society, working together with people with disabilities
  • INTEGRITY – We are good stewards of the resources entrusted to us
  • COMMUNICATION – We communicate honestly and respectfully

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CBM Australia is a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct
, a voluntary, self-regulatory code that sets out an organisation's commitment to conducting its activities with integrity and accountability. We are committed to the code's high standards of sustainable development, governance and financial management. As a signatory to the Code we are committed to:

  1. Sustainable, fair and equitable solutions that address the root causes and symptoms of poverty and disadvantage;
  2. Accountability to all their stakeholders for their performance and integrity;
  3. Building creative and trusting relationships with the communities in which they work:
    • based on an understanding of their history and culture
    • giving priority to their interests
    • involving them to the maximum extent possible in the design, implementation and evaluation of projects and programs, encouraging self-reliance, and
    • valuing men and women, boys and girls in ways that respect the dignity, uniqueness and intrinsic worth of every person.
  4. Active learning, innovating and continuously improving their aid and development work;
  5. Honesty and transparency in all their dealing;
  6. Respecting, protecting and promoting internationally recognised human rights including civil and political, economic, social and cultural rights and with particular emphasis on gender equality, the protection of children, people with a disability and the rights of minorities and vulnerable and marginalised groups;
  7. Environmental sustainability in both their aid and development and domestic operations; and
  8. Strengthening civil society in Australia and the countries where they work.
CBM holds full accreditation with the Australian Government’s aid program and we are grateful for their support.