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

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Preventing blindness

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

charity for disability

Ending poverty

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

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Transforming lives of people with disability

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

Our vision

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

Our mission

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

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.

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