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Please help save the sight of a premature baby
Jeick was going blind from the moment he was born! In Peru, a mother named Luz gave birth to a boy over 11 weeks early. Terrified that her son might die, he weighed less than 2.5 lbs. at birth, she soon learned that her son was also going blind.

Fatuma's baby died, but her trauma was just beginning
Could you imagine losing your baby? In a little village near Morogoro in Central Tanzania, 21-year-old Fatuma's labor pains began.

Fred's Journey to a smile
Fred was born with a cleft lip and palate. He was unable to breastfeed because he couldn't close his lips, so the milk would go back up his nose and he would be unable to swallow. Though they could barely afford it, Fred's mother Sissy gave the boy cow's milk in the world's poorest countries, many mothers sit for hours dripping milk into their children's mouths and mashed his bananas, all in an effort to keep him alive for another day. Every time Fred ate or drank, the food and liquids seeped through the hole in the roof of his mouth and down the side of his face.

CBM Responds to Devastating Earthquake in Ecuador
This past Saturday, April 16, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated northern Ecuador. Nearly 600 people lost their lives, more than 7,000 have been injured, and many others are homeless, their homes destroyed.

Five-year-old Bhoomi's future is bright.
With CBM's help, and physical therapy, she overcomes the challenges of her cerebral palsy.

Will my baby be okay? Over 120,000 Cases of Zika Virus in Brazil Alone
Now that the excitement and festivities of the Olympic games are complete, we must not turn our attention away from the poor and less fortunate in Brazil, and across Latin America, who remain threatened by the silent impact of Zika.

Save Women from the Nightmare of Fistula
Dorotea lost her baby. Abandoned by her husband, and rejected by her friends, she has been alone for a staggering 19 years!

Belaynesu plucks her eyelashes out so she won't go blind.
This is the kind of desperation a disease called trachoma can cause.

Ringdan's Healing Journey
He is made fun of by people in his village. He doesn't go outside.

Restoring Dreams
A child with a cleft lip or cleft palate is physically unable to eat because she can't suckle or swallow properly.

CBM Makes Progress for People With Disabilities in India
This project improved the functional ability of children with severe disabilities

Seeing through the Despair
At nine months pregnant, Zelesi went blind with cataracts

 

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