Stories

Creating Work Opportunities for People with Disability. Mangal got involved with CBM partner organisation, MSS’s work in 2014, when the organisation was linking people with disability with training in mushroom production. He does this work with others, and together the group has now developed a good business – mushrooms sell for 200 rupees ($4)/kg, and they...

Suman's Story: Changing Attitudes About Disability and Sport. “When I was at school, I watched other kids get medals and prizes for sport, but because of my disability, I got nothing” says Suman. That changed in 2002 when schools in Ranchi decided to mark Disability Day by involving children with disability in athletics competitions. Suman came...

In lower-income countries, the repercussions of COVID-19 will place additional strain on health services, leaving many people more vulnerable.  CBM Australia has sought to assist and strengthen health systems and community infrastructure to ensure people with disabilities in India can meet their continuing and additional needs in a time of uncertainty caused by COVID-19.By mobilising...

In addition to responding to COVID-19 challenges, the CBM Australia and CBM Italy teams have been assisting in the Amhara region in Ethiopia to build resilience in communities at risk of food insecurity. The Amhara region currently faces a number of challenges to food security from locust swarms and recent floods and landslides, threatening livelihoods...

29/05/2020CBM Australia welcomes Australia’s international COVID-19 response, though warns that ambition without investment will leave people with disabilities further behind. The Australian Government today released its Partnerships for Recovery COVID-19 development strategy, and made tangible commitments to prioritising the inclusion of people with disabilities and women and girls. CBM Australia – Australia’s largest international development organisation...

LATEST REPORT FROM THE FIELD  HYGIENE CRISIS: SOAP IS LIKE GOLD DUST NOWHere in Australia we’re well used to the public health advice on washing our hands to break the COVID-19 cycle. But simple hand soap is a luxury item for millions of people living in poverty. So rare that many people are having to use...

I write to you from Dhaka the capital of Bangladesh asking you please to help us now, today. Our situation is desperate. If I had to use just one word to describe the atmosphere in this city at the moment, it would be “fear”.Everyone is afraid. Especially the poor, who live in vast slums, and...

Cucu Saidah’s work as a disability advocate and inclusion advisor has taken her from her homeland Indonesia to Japan, the US, Australia and Norway. But, as a person with a disability who sees barriers to social and economic participation every day, she believes her work will never be complete.“My passion is accessibility and disability inclusion,...

Gerard Ybanez looks up from his work desk. He stops soldering microchips in his outdoor electronics repair shop at his parents’ sprawling house on the road from Madredejos. “I fix cellphones, TVs and sound equipment.  I love sound equipment – and I love music." Gerard is 28 and twelve years ago he joined a home-based rehabilitation program...

What does 26,500 hours of donated time look like?The answer can be seen in the ongoing success of CBM Australia’s work – as that is the number of hours generously donated to the organisation by volunteers between January and December 2019.“In monetary terms, the hard work and dedication of our volunteers save CBM Australia an...