Stories

Kyle is a typical 12-year-old boy who goes to elementary school in the Leyte region of the Philippines. He loves to do puzzles, dribble basketballs and when he can, play computer games during his free time. Kyle also lives with a disability which until recently prevented him from doing some of the things he loves.His...

With half of the 65 million people with disabilities in developing countries out of school and those in school unlikely to be accessing equitable, quality education, the need for a more inclusive approach to education is clear. Over the last decade, there has been a growing international commitment towards inclusive education, with the adoption of...

Karen Heinicke-Motsch is one CBM’s Senior Disability Inclusion Advisors who has a focus on inclusive education and inclusive early childhood development. Here she talks about her recent work. UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working to protect and improve the lives of every child. How does your work with CBM engage UNICEF? We work with UNICEF Australia...

Since 2018 CBM has been working with UNICEF in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to support disability inclusion in early childhood development programs across 50 centres. This coincided with the launch of new early learning centres in two provinces.For some communities this was their first ever early childhood centre. Parents, community leaders and local authorities were...

Pastor Glen Smith from Grace Canberra church visited several of CBM’s inclusive education programs in North East India. Pastor Glen reflects on his experience in India and how he gained a deeper understanding of the importance of all children having access to an education.“I had the wonderful experience of travelling to North East India with...

 In poor communities in the Philippines, CBM is supporting the establishment of small organisations that bring people together around disability issues. This includes both people with disability, and parents and relatives of those who need more intensive care.Meet Marilyn and her daughter Angel, age 2. “Angel was born blind and this was confirmed by a...

 Gerald has learned how to run a small business as an electronic technician in the Philippines. Every year, CBM and local partners support thousands like Gerald to earn a living, access services and have a voice in their local communities, as part of our Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) programs.We recently conducted an inquiry looking...

 Unpaid care work is work undertaken without any monetary compensation, to provide household services, such as cooking and cleaning, and direct care for others. Gender inequality in the division of unpaid care work is pervasive across the globe and is present in every society. While social norms around paid work are shifting, women are still...