Stories

Today is World Poetry Day. I have been privileged to write and perform (that is recite) poetry through my role as Community Education Officer at CBM Australia. I love the power of words. I have a passion for how words can be strung together to create something beautiful. Something that can engage people and invite...

We walk barely 50 metres from the pot-holed rural road lined with small wood, cement block and tin-roofed settlements.  Seven year-old Keisha starts crying and complaining as our motley group of outsiders approaches.  She soon calms down after her aunt arrives together with a large group of neighbours. “You wouldn’t believe the change in her since...

Sakhib has a big, shy smile on his face as he listens to him mum, Inja, talk about the changes she has seen in him since he was diagnosed with a hearing impairment and fitted with a hearing aid. They live in a small village in the far east of Nepal, a few hours’ drive...

On 18 October 2019, the Niger National Assembly passed a law on the fundamental principles relating to the integration of persons with disabilities in Niger. This is a major step forward in the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities and the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of...

 My name is Mauricio. I live in Santo Tomas, Nicaragua. When I’m painting, I’m always feeling happy. I’m feeling inspired. Sometimes I buy materials and then help blind and children with disabilities paint and draw in their classroom. I have many friends here as well. Some of them help me. They see my drawings and my paintings. I...

As Australia moves to review and modernise the way it provides aid CBM Australia is calling on the government to remember that – above all – development is about people. How the government deploys resources can align with the country’s strategic intent but we also have a moral obligation to ensure Australian aid supports the...