Because of you... joy has spread throughout the world!

The Meaningful Gifts you gave last Christmas were an outpouring of love to people that society often overlooks.

Here are just a few wonderful ways you helped to change lives, and brought joy to people in need…

We just had to butt in… … because CBM supporters like you gave 630 families the Gift of a Goat! Not only have you given them a source of delicious, fresh milk to drink (yum), you’ve also given them an endless supply of manure (yuck) to help their garden thrive. This is a wonderful gift – thank you!

A girl holding a goat with the caption 'a goat for struggling families'
A man sitting next to a pig

Can we hog your attention? Just for a moment! We want to celebrate how many of you gave the Gift of a Pig to a family in need. This is a “pig” deal! A life-changing source of food and income. Thank you for this heartwarming answer to a prayer.

Able to SEE, able to THRIVE Thousands of bright young children can now SEE clearly, thanks to your Gift of Glasses. Giving them the opportunity to THRIVE at school, in life and in happiness – because of you. Thank you!

A girl holding a goat with the caption 'a goat for struggling families'
A woman standing next to a well

Well, well, well! You completely blew us away – because 11 of you chose to give the Gift of a Well to a community with limited access to clean water. This is a gift that will save countless lives, and bless entire communities – thank you so much!

Just as Jesus lived His life with an outpouring of love, thousands of CBM supporters like you chose to pour out love to others through Meaningful Gifts. And with each gift given from Australia with love – lives are being transformed.

Thank you for bringing such joy to people in some of the poorest and most remote places in the world.

 

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

2 Corinthians 9:15

Because of you... Sulochana can now see!

…and so can another person just like her!

Your kindness was DOUBLED, restoring DOUBLE the sight of people with cataracts.

5-year-old Sulochana can now see and delight in the wonder of God’s beautiful creation – because of you, and your kindness…

…a wonderful, heartwarming outcome that was only made possible, because of you.

And your kind support came in the nick of time.

Her mother Manita told us,

“Sulochana wouldn’t play like other toddlers. She used to bring things closer to her eye to see. I saw white clouds in her eyes…”

These white clouds were cataracts. If Sulochana didn’t get surgery quickly, her brain would have lost the ability to translate sight – and she would have remained blind forever.

Sulochana and her mother

Because of you – Sulochana was able to get cataract surgery just in time. Her father Chunda spoke to us recently, glowing with gratitude and hope.

“I can already see a huge change. She is looking around very curiously since her eye patch was removed. We want to thank you for supporting us to treat our daughter’s eyes. We are grateful to all of you.”

And Sulochana isn’t the only person to receive this incredible gift…

You see, a small group of passionate CBM supporters came together and created a Christmas Matching Gift Fund, pledging to DOUBLE every gift given to this appeal up to $433,155.09 – so that now DOUBLE the number of people can see and reach their full potential!

If you were one of the few who matched this appeal – we want to extend our deepest gratitude. Thank you for your outstanding generosity.

And a huge THANK YOU to everyone who gave – for your DOUBLED kindness has helped give sight to these people who would likely have remained blind.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

Because of you... We’re WASHING AWAY the misery of Trachoma for good!

Your incredible support, along with the dedicated efforts of a global alliance of INGO’s has helped eliminate Trachoma in 17 countries around the world!

Now, thanks to your amazing support, we are moving to the next crucial phase of the battle… the WASH program.

WASH stands for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

This is an extremely important program that has far reaching benefits for thousands of communities.

Because of you we have so far worked with more than 95 villages to improve their hygiene practices. You’ve also helped us to reinforce hygiene and sanitation messaging in schools, encouraging children to improve their habits and bring the good news home.

The program has strengthened hygiene practices within whole communities and overall has created a real momentum of change… an essential phase in the continued elimination of Trachoma.

By working together, we will WASH AWAY the misery of Trachoma – along with many other dangerous infections and diseases.

Thank you! Having clean water is a huge milestone in the fight against Trachoma.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Galatians 6:9
Sulochana and her mother

Because of you... more than 17 communities are getting a new well!

Thank you for your remarkable outpouring of generosity.

Last Christmas, we sent out a special letter, asking if some of you might be able to help us build wells in communities who have no source of clean water.

Your response blew us away.

The entire cost of drilling and installing a fresh-water borehole (a well) in a village is $4,600. This is an enormous amount of money, and not many people can afford to give a gift of this size.

But a remarkable 16 CBM supporters stepped up, giving enough to help us drill 17 wells in remote villages and communities.

We simply can’t thank you enough.

The impact has been immediate. Families now have access to a reliable source of clean, safe water right within their community. No longer do families have to endure the arduous journey to fetch contaminated water or worry about the health of their loved ones.

This is an extraordinary gift that will bless entire communities, and many generations to come.

The team at CBM are humbled by your exceptional generosity. Again and again, thank you!

Heartfelt connections made at CBM events

CBM Australia was proud to host a number of recent events in Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast. If you were one of the many who attended, THANK YOU for joining us.

It has been a highlight of 2023 – getting to meet you, connect, and to share in person just how extraordinary your support has been.

Jane Edge, Chief Executive Officer says,

“I got to have some great conversations with supporters, who are so passionate about the breadth and depth of our programs. Everyone was incredibly engaged, asking questions that ranged from how we choose partners through to the underlying causes of the devasting rates of obstetric fistula in Nigeria. Many travelled significant distances to join these gatherings. It was such a great opportunity to share how their support is making a difference in the communities in which we work. Together, we are this movement of the heart; we are a movement to end the cycle of poverty and disability.”

Emma, our wonderful Community Fundraising and Events Manager who spoke with many of our amazing supporters also says,

“One woman shared with me that she’d been saving for an eye operation, but after consideration decided to gift the money to CBM for someone who needed it more. Our amazing supporters are so inspiring! We were thrilled to hear how much the time together meant to many of those who attended the events…”

We’d love to see you at a future CBM event soon! Find out about more events at cbm.org.au/events