FAQs

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CBM values

Who is CBM?

CBM, formerly called Christian Blind Mission, is the world’s largest development organisation focused on working with the world’s most vulnerable people – those living with the double disadvantage of poverty and disability.

Why focus on disability?
If we’re going to end poverty, we can’t ignore disability. Disability is very common in developing countries and 15 per cent of the world’s entire population, or 1 billion people, live with a disability. People with disabilities are among the poorest in any community, so if we’re going to address poverty we must first include people with disabilities.

What is the poverty–disability cycle?
At CBM, we know poverty and disability are inextricably linked. When you live in poverty, a lack of access to quality health care, clean water and food as well as unsafe working conditions means you are more likely to have a disability. When you have a disability, you are less likely to be able to go to school, have employment or be accepted in your community and so fall deeper into poverty. CBM is working to end this cycle.

Who started CBM?
CBM was founded in 1908 by German pastor Ernst Christoffel, and was known as Christoffel Blindenmission. In Germany, CBM still uses both names.

Why did CBM change its name?
CBM’s new name reflects our mandate to work with people with all kinds of disabilities including blindness, deafness, club foot, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, mental illness and intellectual disabilities. We also work to prevent and treat impairments where possible.

I thought CBM just worked on eye care – has CBM changed direction?
CBM still does a lot of work around eye care but we’re also committed to improving the quality of life of the world’s poorest people with all kinds of disabilities.

Is CBM Australia a Christian organisation?
Yes, CBM Australia strives to follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ.

Does CBM Australia evangelise?
CBM is a Christian organisation. However, our purpose is not to evangelise but to work towards providing practical solutions to issues faced by the people we work with. CBM’s vision is to show Christ’s love in action, and we also often work in partnership with churches and other Christian organisations local to our overseas projects to achieve this.

Does CBM serve people who are not Christians?
Definitely. The CBM family globally serves all people who are blind or have another disability, or are at risk of a disability, in more than 80 of the world’s poorest countries regardless of race, age, gender or religion.

Does CBM Australia receive government funding?
CBM Australia is in partnership with DFAT, the Australian Government’s overseas aid program. All funding from DFAT goes directly towards supporting our projects around the world.



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Helping out

Can I volunteer?

Volunteers are a vital part of our life-changing work at CBM. To find out more about different volunteering roles, please fill out our Expression of Interest Volunteer form.

Can I intern?
CBM Australia takes interns at our Head Office in a variety of departments but we cannot accept interns for field assignments. Call 1800 678 069 for more information.

Can I arrange for a CBM representative to come speak to my group?
CBM Australia staff members are happy to visit your social or church group and share inspiring stories from the field when possible. Simply fill out this form and send to: PO Box 348, Box Hill, VIC 3128

How can I support CBM?
There are a whole number of ways you can get behind CBM’s work: you can make an online donation or donate over the phone, you can become a Monthly Supporter, you can consider leaving a bequest to CBM in your Will, you can volunteer your time, or you can sign up to receive our daily prayer email.

Other ways to get involved:
Luke14 is a CBM initiative to encourage and resource Australian churches to welcome and include people with disabilities. Luke14 provides resource materials including Bible studies and ‘how-to’ workshops. You can find out more here and subscribe to the bi-monthly news.

End the Cycle is CBM’s campaign to raise awareness and educate Australians about the issues of poverty and disability. As well as online resources, a photo exhibition is touring Australia. You can also sign the campaign pledge, or even host the photo exhibition.



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CBM Communications

Where can I read your annual report?

Our latest Annual Report is available for download here. Learn more about CBM Australia's finance, accountability and transparency,

My contact details have changed. How can I update these?
You can simply change your details by filling out this form, or alternatively call our phone team on FREE call 1800 678 069.

Do you send email campaigns?

Yes, to receive our regular email updates, sign up here.

How do I sign up for Daily Prayer emails?
Your faithful participation is a vital part of CBM’s ministry reaching people in poverty with disability through the power of prayer. Subscribe to our daily Prayer Diary and join thousands of Australians who pray daily for our work!

How can I be removed from your mailing list?
You can simply change your details by calling our phone team on FREE call 1800 678 069.

Face to Face

Why do I see CBM staff fundraising at the shopping centres?

Face-to-face fundraising is a safe, secure and cost-effective way to initiate support and raise much-needed funds. This money will help us reach and improve the lives of people living in poverty with a disability. It's also a great way to raise awareness of issues of poverty and disability and CBM as an organisation, as our fundraisers also carry details for all the different ways we can support people - which means thousands more will know who CBM is and understand why we serve the world’s poorest people.

How do I recognise a genuine CBM fundraiser?
Our fundraisers wear CBM-branded t-shirts and carry a CBM identification photo-card. They'll also be carrying information about CBM’s work, such as welcome packs, information about becoming a Regular Supporter and direct debit forms. Our fundraisers will only ever ask for a Direct Debit – they'll never ask for cash donations. If you have any queries about our fundraisers please contact us on 131 226 and we can confirm if we are fundraising in your area.

For more information please call us on 1800 678 069.