Who we are - Our Vision
Ending the cycle of poverty and disability
CBM, originally Christian Blind Mission, is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world.
We exist because in situations of extreme hardship, war, famine, drought, and natural disaster, people with disabilities are always at the back of the queue. Poverty and disability go hand in hand creating a cycle of inequality, isolation, and exclusion that leads to the most extreme forms of poverty.
Our vision is for an inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.
With over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause, and a consequence, of disability, and works in partnership to create a society for all.
The Christian Blind Mission was founded by Ernst Christoffel in 1908 to help blind children in Turkey and Iran. Since then, the organisation blossomed into CBM International, a worldwide network of ten organisations working in 53 countries. CBM Ireland was established in 2002.
The CBM approach is to help people through a network of community based surgeons, doctors, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, midwives, teachers, trainers, clinical staff, and community workers, from the communities they work. We also work in partnership with leading organisations and hospitals on the ground. Organisations that share our passion for helping people with disabilities, irrespective of race, or religion.
Last year CBM supporters helped more than 30 million people around the world through life-changing donations.
CEO, CBM Ireland