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 people with disabilities and orphaned children. He began Christoffel Blindenmission (Christian Blind Mission), which more than 110 years later is now a global force for change.
In Australia, we started mobilising around this work in the early 1970s before joining the CBM International alliance later that decade. In 2020, CBM Australia became a founding member of CBM Global Disability Inclusion, which works alongside people with disabilities in the world’s poorest places to fight poverty and exclusion, and transform lives.
Drawing on more than 110 years’ experience and driven by Christian values, we work with the most marginalised to:
- Break the cycle of poverty and disability.
- Treat and prevent conditions that lead to disability.
- Build inclusive communities where everyone can enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.