Now is the time to support international transformation

The impact of COVID-19 is catastrophic for people with disabilities living in poverty who lack access to critical public health information, health care and medicines including vaccines.

Further compounding this health crisis is loss of income to support their families, increased violence and reduced access to disability support services required by many to live independently.

This is on top of existing dire circumstances already acknowledged by governments around the world who have signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Everyone agrees that widespread action is needed.

CBM Australia has the expertise to advise those crying out for help to do something, but it requires financial investment to sustainably build this capacity.

With COVID-19, continued failure to act now will result in the loss of valuable lives through the denial of fundamental human rights and destroy previous gains in this area.

Who is CBM Australia?

CBM Australia is the only international development organisation in Australia dedicated to empowering people with disabilities. CBM works alongside people with disabilities in the world’s poorest places to fight poverty and exclusion, and to transform millions of lives each year. With over 110 years’ experience, and driven by Christian values, we strive to:

  • Break the cycle of poverty and disability
  • Treat and prevent conditions that lead to disability
  • Build inclusive communities where everyone can enjoy their human rights.

We believe in an inclusive world where all people with disabilities can enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.

Health care and rehabilitation

CBM works with local partners to prevent and treat avoidable causes of blindness such as cataract, river blindness and trachoma, and treat conditions like clubfoot to avoid permanent impairment.

Equality and opportunity

Our work opens the door for people with disabilities to gain an education, open a business, earn a living, make friends and be part of their community, often for the first time in their lives.

Influencing and advocacy

Positive societal change happens when people with disabilities are free from unfair obstacles. This means changing attitudes, beliefs as well as physical environments, systems and policies.

CBM Australia is part of the CBM Global organisation.

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How philanthropy will help

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1bn
around the world have a disability

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80%
people with disabilities live in poverty

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800m
people are marginalised and often invisible

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1/5
of the world’s poorest people have a disability

Where can you direct your support?

One billion people globally have a disability and 80% of people with disabilities are living in poverty.

People with disabilities living in poverty face stigma, violence and discrimination. Additionally, they lack or are denied access to their human rights including education, health care, rehabilitation, assistive devices, safe and accessible living environments, and work opportunities.

Fistula in Nigeria

Pregnancy is considered a dangerous time for thousands of the 9.2 million women and girls who become pregnant every year in Nigeria.

  Read More about Fistula in Nigeria

Trachoma in Kenya

On the global scale of poverty, Kenya can be found in the bottom quarter and is officially a country of ‘low human development’.

  Read More about Trachoma in Kenya

Emergency and crises response

When disaster strikes, the most vulnerable are people with disabilities, older people, pregnant women and children.

  Read More about Emergency and crises response

Mental health in Indonesia

Inequalities and injustices exist. However, for people living with mental health conditions in Indonesia, these inequalities and injustices are immense.

  Read More about Mental health in Indonesia

Blindness in PNG

PNG has one of the highest prevalence of blindness worldwide and the majority of Papua New Guineans are not aware that eye impairments may be reversible.

  Read More about Blindness in PNG

Our commitment to you

  • A dedicated Relationship Manager
  • Personalised Impact Reports — Bi-annual ($20,000+)
  • Invitations to CBM Australia events
  • Funding opportunities based on personal preferences

Our visionary supporters

Dr Wall’s legacy continuing to create positive social change

Dr Victor John Wall was passionate about creating positive social change, and supporting those less fortunate than him. He lived these values through his long-term support of CBM Australia, having first donated in 2005 and increasing the value and frequency of gifts until 2017, when he died after a battle with cancer. Vic’s generosity over 12 years of support helped to transform the lives of countless people living in poverty, including those with disabilities, around the world.

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We’d love to hear from you

 

 

Tim Plunkett
Major Donor Relationship Manager
tplunkett@cbm.org.au
0488 500 991

 

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Alison Dean
Director of Public Engagement
adean@cbm.org.au
0416 160 773

 

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the world’s globally agreed plan for peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet. Upholding the rights and ensuring the full inclusion of the world’s one billion persons with disabilities is not only a moral imperative, but a practical necessity.

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

Australia is often referred to as “The Lucky Country” and most of us are fortunate enough to have been born or immigrated here. However, for the one billion vulnerable and forgotten people with an existing or acquired disability living in poverty, their most basic human rights are often denied.

Inequalities and injustices exist. However, for people with disabilities living in poverty, these inequalities and injustices are immense. And with the added complications of COVID-19, catastrophic.

Success is when all human rights are respected and millions of people living with disabilities and their families benefit from capacity-building projects that enable access to essential health services, education, employment, and safety when disaster events strike.

CBM Australia has built an exemplary reputation over decades as a global leader and trusted partner agitating alongside the disability movement to transform the lives of millions of people with disabilities, ensuring their rights become a reality.

Investing in international programs will result in major impact with a lasting positive ripple effect, bringing hope and joy to millions.

CBM is DFAT accredited and is experienced in preparing robust monitoring frameworks to systematically collect valuable information and insights about the program’s impact, implementation, and effectiveness.

CBM’s quality team will monitor the number of people whose lives are positively impacted, partners engaged to deliver systemic transformation and the essential driving force of all catalytic change.

In 2020, for every dollar given to CBM Australia, 73 cents supported programs and 20 cents generated funds to support future programs, leaving 7 cents to deliver accountability and administration. For every dollar CBM Australia spent in 2020 on fundraising, $3.73 in income was generated from the Australian public.

73% Programs

20% Fundraising

7% Accountability & Admin

 

As seen in the 2020 annual report.

Here at CBM, we believe in our hearts that our mission is to try to be the hands and feet of Jesus to help improve the lives of people with disabilities living in poverty. We feel called to build a more inclusive world for some of the most disadvantaged people in the world and are absolutely focused on the double disadvantage of disability and poverty. Quite often we find the people we go to help are of different religious backgrounds and we don’t engage in missionary or evangelical work in the field. CBM follows the model of Jesus by assisting all people who need help regardless of their religious, cultural or faith backgrounds.

CBM Australia is a company limited by guarantee under the Australian Corporations Act and a registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has given CBM Australia the status of a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), granted exemption from Income Tax and provided concessions for Fringe Benefits Tax and GST.

CBM Australia is accredited by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), which is responsible for managing Australia’s aid program. To maintain accreditation, CBM Australia’s systems, policies and processes are rigorously reviewed, every five years and mid-term, by the Australian government. CBM Australia receives and gratefully acknowledges support through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

CBM Australia is a signatory to the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct, which is a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code of good practice. As a signatory, we are committed and fully adhere to the ACFID Code of Conduct, ensuring transparency, accountability and integrity in our work. For further information on the Code, visit acfid.asn.au/content/read-code. CBM Australia CEO Jane Edge is Vice President (Finance) on the ACFID Board.

In 2020, CBM Australia continued as a Member of the Centre for Social Purpose, the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) and the Association for Data-Driven Marketing & Advertising (ADMA). CBM Australia is committed to full alignment with the FIA Code of Conduct and relevant components of the ADMA Code of Practice.

Other ways to bring hope and joy

Gift in Will

A gift in your Will helps people with disabilities living in the poorest places on earth access health services and education, and live life to the fullest for generations to come.

Corporate giving

Support or partner with CBM Australia to discover the many ways that your organisation can positively impact lives.

Advocacy

Disability advocacy is central to our mission of transforming the lives of people with disabilities in the world’s poorest communities.