About us

CBM acts upon the needs and rights of people with disabilities. Through our network of local partners we support over 700 projects across more than 70 of the poorest countries of the world.

In 2013 CBM reached out to more than 23 million people who were living with or were at risk of a disability.

Through community-based rehabilitation (CBR) programmes, we are working to help communities to equip themselves with skills in the prevention and treatment of disease, and community education and rehabilitation so that people with disabilities can be included into their society as equals and lead a fuller life.

We always work in partnership with local organisations, and we provide an important advocacy link to their local and national governments.

CBM is an active member of the Vision 2020: Right to Sight and the WWHearing initiatives. The work of CBM is recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO), with which it holds consultative status.

A German Pastor named Ernst Jakob Christoffel founded CBM in Turkey with the opening of a home for blind and orphaned children in 1908. From these small beginnings, CBM has grown to become one of the world’s leading disability and development agencies.

About CBM in the UK

CBM UK was launched in Cambridge in 1996, and is a member association of CBM International.

Our Chief Executive Officer is Kirsty Smith.

CBM UK is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales as charity number 1058162 and with The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator as charity number SC041101.

We at CBM UK enjoy hearing from our supporters and others who are interested in our work. We welcome you to contact us.