CBM is the world’s largest international non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for blind and disabled children, women and men living in the world’s poorest countries.
CBM serves children and adults who are blind and/or have hearing, physical and mental impairments through a comprehensive approach. We strive to provide long-term, sustainable solutions that enable people with disabilities to gain quality of life, and most importantly – their pride, respect and dignity.
To help build sustainability around its programs, CBM works with indigenous partners and local governments to build in-country competencies.
CBM also advocates for those living with disabilities. There are 1 billion people in the world who live with disabilities, and 800 million of these children, women and men live in desperate conditions in the developing world. They often don’t have a voice, so CBM becomes the voice for them.
CBM helps millions of children, women and men with disabilities every year. These individuals and their families are struggling just to survive. They live in extreme poverty, are often shunned from their villages and are hidden by their families. They are all too often forgotten and literally left to die.
It’s a devastating cycle these individuals and families are caught in – disability causes poverty, and poverty causes disability.
CBM strives to break this cycle -- one person and one family at a time.
CBM’s comprehensive approach helps to integrate individuals with disabilities back into society and provide them with assistance, knowledge and skills to enable them to lead full, productive lives.
CBM’s comprehensive approach includes four key areas of service: