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Our Story

We are an international Christian development organisation committed to empowering people with disabilities in the poorest countries around the world.

Over 30 years in Australia and over 110 years internationally, we remain the only Australian development organisation working to end the cycle of poverty and disability.

Founded on faith and love

From our humble beginnings as a home for blind and orphaned children in Turkey, we have grown and our journey continues to echo the history of our founder, Pastor Ernst Christoffel, working in the poorest communities irrespective of race, faith or gender.

Our Story

We work in partnership with local organisations to build an inclusive world by implementing community-based programs that:

Prevent blindness

such as that caused by Cataracts, River Blindness, and Trachoma.

End poverty

by creating inclusive learning environments and supporting livelihood opportunities for people with disabilities, and empowering people with disabilities to be advocates for change within their own communities.


to transform lives of people with disabilities – advocate at all levels from local communities to governments to amplify the voices of people with disabilities.

Our Story

In 2020 CBM Australia supported programs and advocacy partners in 22 countries around the world in Africa, Asia and the Pacific with help from our generous supporters.

Our Impact

In 2020, together with local partners, the Australian NGO Cooperation Program and faithful supporters, CBM Australia saw:

More than 930,000 people

at risk of disability benefit from our programs

3.4 million

given preventative medication for diseases like River Blindness and Trachoma


benefited from sight-saving surgery.

1,155 children

children with disabilities had access to an education.

726 teachers were trained

to support the needs of people with disabilities

50,678 access education, healthcare and livelihoods,

as well as opportunities to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in their communities.

768 000 people with disabilities

their families and community members benefited from our input to advisory and advocacy partner programs.

Over the past six years, our program investment has increased to a combined total of $140 million.

21 million was raised from our generous Australian supporters. For every $1 given:

Our Story

20¢ enabled us to generate future income so we can reach more people with, or at risk of, disability who live in poverty.

provided essential administration to ensure we have capable staff, infrastructure, and systems to deliver our life-changing work.

73¢ supported life-changing access to education, healthcare, medical services, rehabilitation, skills, employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and advisory work.


International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD) – 3 December – is a United Nations (UN) sanctioned day celebrated annually. This important day aims to raise awareness and promote action around the rights of people with disabilities and their full inclusion in society.

This year we’re focussing on building a #BetterWorldForAll

Read more about IDPD