COVID-19 Crisis Appeal

YOU can save lives!

Now more than ever before, the people we exist to serve are most in need.

With hospitals and clinics still open to provide services to the most vulnerable, the most neglected, the most forgotten, CBM Australia is actively working with field partners to ensure essential programs are delivered and people with disabilities are included in response efforts.

Currently over one billion people are living with disabilities and they are unduly impacted during times of crisis and disaster. It is imperative that CBM continues to work with our partners to ensure no one is left behind.

Our COVID-19 priorities

  1. Equip our partner hospitals and clinics with health care equipment, including masks and gloves.
  2. People with disabilities and those most at risk are able to maintain their health and hygiene.
  3. Provide safe, clean water for washing and drinking, and cleaning products like soap.
  4. Provide emergency aid packages to those facing food crisis and starvation.

Ways you can help

CBM is working with our partners to pivot activities and general programming to specifically equip communities for COVID-19. Your donation will go towards a broad range of initiatives that support all our communities to better face the risk of COVID-19.

Our stories of impact

Rahmi is a wheelchair user, working with SIGAB, one of CBM’s partner OPDs

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COVID-19 FAQs

COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease) is an infectious respiratory disease caused by a new virus. Signs of infection include sore throat, fever, coughing and a shortness of breath. As there is currently no treatment, the best way to prevent transmission is through good hygiene practices, physical distancing and to be tested for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms.

CBM is providing emergency aid packages to those facing food crisis and starvation and is providing safe, clean water for washing and drinking, and cleaning products like soap. This ensures people with disabilities and those most at risk are able to maintain their health and hygiene.

CBM Australia is equipping our partner hospitals and clinics with health care equipment, including masks and gloves.

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.

We call for urgent action from the Australian Government to form an inclusive international response. Together, we propose measures to fully include people with disabilities in COVID-19 planning and ensure ongoing engagement throughout the crisis

Here at CBM we see every day how each of us can make a difference for people living with disability in poverty. There are so many ways to be involved, whether that’s becoming a supporter, sharing with family and friends about CBM’s work or praying for us and our programs – each of these helps reach people who need it most.

A donation to our COVID-19 Crisis Appeal will go towards a broad range of initiatives that support all our communities to better face the risk of COVID-19.

– $50 can help ensure people with disabilities are included in COVID-19 response efforts.
– $100 can provide those facing a food crisis with emergency aid packages.
– $250 can help provide WASH programs including safe clean water, hygiene packages and soap.

Donations $2 or more are tax deductible.

Yes, CBM Australia – ABN 23 005 326 849 and CBM Australia Overseas Development Fund are endorsed by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) as Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).

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