About us

Who we are

CBM is an international Christian development organisation devoted to improving the lives of people with disabilities in the poorest places on earth. Poverty and disability go hand in hand creating a cycle of inequality, isolation and exclusion that leads to the most extreme forms of poverty.

Through our 110 year history and over 30 years in Australia, we have developed proven community based programs that help millions of people benefit from real, lasting change.

We focus on

Preventing blindness

Preventing and treating avoidable blindness such as cataract, river blindness and trachoma.

Ending poverty

Helping practically by providing aids and equipment, access to much-needed treatment, learning a skill and going to school.

Transforming lives

Influencing communities, organisations and governments to change attitudes and policies so everyone is included.

Our vision

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

Our mission

CBM is a Christian international development organisation committed to empowering people with disabilities in the poorest places on earth.

Our Values


  • embrace diversity.
  • acknowledge I can unintentionally contribute to exclusion.
  • look for broad perspectives that will challenge my assumptions.
  • seek to moderate barriers so that all people can contribute to their full potential.
  • work to understand power dynamics and environments which can embed or challenge inclusion.
  • commit to grow my practice of inclusion.


  • practise and appreciate authenticity.
  • believe I can learn something from every encounter.
  • own my mistakes.
  • am responsible, reliable and consistent even when no one is watching.
  • value our resources; I am a good steward of time, finances, relationships and environment.
  • integrate my role with our strategy; I persevere despite challenges.
  • celebrate achievements, both small and large.


  • have an international perspective.
  • respect and appreciate cultural difference.
  • seek to learn from and contribute to learning with partners and colleagues from the grass-roots to wider levels.
  • I influence for sustainable transformation.
  • am part of a complex international family, working for positive global change.
  • value our international heritage.


  • create and participate in an enabling learning environment of curiosity and innovation to bring out our collective best.
  • seekgive and act on constructive feedback.
  • value the expertise, contribution and commitment of all those we connect with.
  • strive for constant improvement personally and organisationally.
  • identify and promote change that adds value.
  • generate quality outcomes by working efficiently and accountably, regardless of the size of the task.
  • demonstrate leadership, considering opportunities and issues wider than my immediate responsibilities.


  • uphold the role model of Jesus Christ.
  • collaborate with people of all faiths who share our vision; I connect with humility.
  • practise servant leadership; seeking what is best for our work
  • treat others as I would have them treat me.
  • am compassionate and seek social justice.


  • seek first to understand, then to be understood.
  • listen actively, suspending judgement and assumption.
  • communicate respectfully and honestly.
  • expect difficult conversations, and have the courage to initiate them.
  • I include others when I communicate; I seek diverse perspectives and wide engagement.
  • demonstrate that good communication and good relationships are interdependent.
  • share information appropriately.

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

Love in action

Here at CBM, we are devoted to transforming the lives of the world’s most overlooked, and neglected people – just as Jesus did when He was on earth. As an international Christian development organisation, CBM has been following Jesus’ example of inclusion, hope and justice in our work for over 110 years. Our Christian faith is founded in love and love never gives up. That’s what underpins our determination to reach those who are the hardest to reach, invisible and forgotten, leaving no-one behind.

Find out how an act of love can change a life forever.

"Love one another as I have loved you."
John 15:12

Ernst Christoffel

About our founder

In 1908 German Pastor Ernst Christoffel, travelled to Turkey and was overwhelmed by the desperate hardship experienced by people living in extreme poverty – including those with disability and orphaned children. He began Christoffel Blindenmission (Christian Blind Mission – now CBM) which has become a global force for change, reaching people in need in dozens of countries on four continents across the globe. One of the oldest and largest organisations of its kind, CBM has 11 Member Associations, and together with our partners, has helped to bring hope and an end to poverty for millions of people over the past 110 years.

Australian Aid

CBM Australia acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). ANCP supports between 20 and 30 of our programs annually. The government’s support alongside that of our generous Australian donors, and trusts and foundations ensure people with disabilities living in the poorest communities are not left behind. 

Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic reaching many of those countries, we are asking for more support as we strive even harder to end the cycle of disability and poverty. 

Our team would love to hear from you