Our work stems from our faith

We seek justice, hope and transformative change

CBM is a global leader in disability inclusive development, devoted to ending the cycle of disability and poverty.

Our work, supported generously by our loyal supporters and the Australian Government, was founded 115 years ago on the core Christian values of social justice, human rights, compassion and servant leadership.

These same values guide our staff and organisation today. They inspire us to walk beside people with disabilities in some of the poorest communities around the world; to serve, empower and enable each individual and their community.

Following in the footsteps of Jesus, our work is dedicated to ensuring all people can achieve their full potential, irrespective of race, gender, age, location, religion or social status. Our work reaches those who, because of disability, prejudice and social stigma, are the hardest to reach.

Together with you, we work to transform the lives of 10 million people each year. During our 40-plus years in Australia, hundreds of thousands of people have supported our vision and mission.

We are unwavering in our commitment to leaving no-one behind and ending the cycle of poverty and disability. And we invite you to continue, or join, this mission with us.

An older African women raises her arms in Celebration. Her name is Yudaya, and she has just received cataract surgery to restore her sight.

We seek justice:

In advocating for, and advising on, the inclusion of people with disabilities

We bring hope:

In our humanitarian response to disasters and in building inclusive communities.

An African boy smiles at the camera, he holds a stick, behind him an older African women who is blind holds the other end of the stick. This is Hauwa and her grandson Danjuma. River blindness has caused her to go blind.
Four Nepalese Children in School uniforms smile and wave at the camera.

We bring transformative change:

In our field programs working with people with disabilities in the poorest communities, and through our work advising others on inclusion.

From CBM Australia’s CEO Jane Edge:

For me, CBM is a movement of the heart. Every day I am privileged to hear incredible stories of the resilience of people with disabilities, to meet our wonderful supporters who are so committed to making positive change happen and to see the impact of our work in some of the poorest places on earth.

As someone passionate about social justice, I’ve been involved in international aid for over 25 years and I’ve never seen anything more compelling than CBM’s work. My faith is the source of my passion for social justice and my desire to serve the poorest people in our world, to enable them to have a voice.

It is so important that our view of the world includes all people and that all are valued and have dignity.

People with disabilities, as well as CBM supporters, partners, volunteers and staff, recognise the heart-breaking effects of the cycle of poverty and disability. More than 1 billion people around the world live with disabilities: that’s one in seven. In developing countries it can be more like one in five.

That is why CBM will continue to seek justice, hope and transformative change.

Jane Edge standing and smiling with a beneficiary.