Stories

Ibu Mariti looks lovingly at her son, something she wasn’t able to do when she had cataracts.Ibu Mariti lives in East Java with her two sons, one of whom is still in school. She is a masseur and is very well respected in her community as a healer, especially for babies and small children.When we...

Advocating to governments to improve their policies and programs so they are more disability inclusive, CBM Australia works hard to ensure that wherever people living with disabilities are, they are not left behind. Erly, CBM programme manager in the Philippines, highlights the precarious position of people living with disabilities during the pandemic, and the critical...

When we arrived at this school in East Java there was much excitement as we interrupted the routine of the school day. Approaching the classrooms, kids’ faces peered through windows, ignoring their teachers’ requests to pay attention. We were soon welcomed by the school’s principal and encouraged to enjoy a generous morning tea before meeting...

In light of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, CBM Australia’s projects have temporarily changed focus to provide immediate assistance to those in need. In the Philippines, a community project initially designed to prepare persons with disabilities and their communities for natural disasters such as typhoons has now adapted to prepare for new and ongoing challenges. Prior...

During global pandemics such as the Ebola crisis in West Africa, and now the COVID-19 crisis, people living with disabilities can experience reduced agency and independence with changes in routines and support.“I am a person with disability. I am independent and I like socialising. But the situation now is challenging. Public transport, including the ride-hailing...

“Because of the business and the support, the future is more secure,” says Man with his son interpreting for us.When CBM Australia first heard about Man, he had just sustained a significant spinal injury in the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, resulting in the use of a wheelchair. CBM and a partner organisation worked with Man...

As we practice social distancing and self-isolation in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, many churches have radically adapted the ways that they operate. Church services are being live-streamed and small groups are meeting online.How can churches ensure they are inclusive of people with disabilities as we connect in these new ways?In 1 Corinthians...