Who we are

CBM is a disability and development organization, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities and their families, living in poverty.

Why persons with disabilities?

Poverty and disability go hand-in-hand, making people with disability among the poorest in the world. A combination of people’s attitudes, poor legislation and a physically limiting environment can also stop a person with disability from having the same opportunities as everyone else. We believe this is a human rights issue.

  • Vision

    An inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.

  • Mission

    CBM is committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world.

Core Values
  • Internationalism

    We are an International organisation

    • We adapt to local situations and don’t criticize others ways of life and work
    • We learn from international experience and contribute and participate globally
  • Integrity

    We are good stewards of our resources

    • We are open to scrutiny
    • We commit ourselves todeliver what we say
    • We stand up for what is right
  • Professionalism

    We aim for quality in what we do

    • We develop snd adhere to standards
    • We make best use of available resources
    • We seek to increase our expertise in all aspects of disability inclusive development
    • We learn from what we do
    • We learn from our success and failures
  • Inclusion

    We promote and practise inclusion

    • We listen to and learn from and value people with disabilities and from different backgrounds or gender
    • We seek to employ people irrespective of disability, caste and creed or religion at CBM and partner Organisations
    • We seek to ensure accessibility in all we do
    • We accept and involve others without discrimination
  • Christianity

    We aspire to follow the teachings of jesus

    • We seek to follow Christ’s teachings to love others as ourselves
    • We seek to be kind caring, we consider other’s need equal with our own
    • We value relationships and respect differences
  • Communication

    We communicate honestly and respctfully

    • We express ourselves openly with politeness and give others a chance to do so
    • We recognize and appreciate others opinions and thoughts and value their thinking
    • Actively seek to understand other’s point of view
    • Respond non-defensively when others disagree with our views
    • We communicate clearly and concisely,both verbally and in writing
    • We maintain a positive approach in giving and receiving ideas and comments

History
  • 1967

    CBM began educational and rehabilitation projects, followed by projects on eye care, vocational training and livelihood

  • 1975

    Community Ophthalmology services initiated in CBM supported hospitals

  • 1977

    The first Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programme was initiated in Tamil Nadu

  • 1979

    The concept of integrated education promoted by CBM and Government of Tamil Nadu

  • 1978-80

    Development of sign language dictionary “The Talking Hands” by Helen Keller
    Institute of Deaf and Deafblind with the support of CBM and NASEOH

  • 1999

    Vision 2020 – The Right to Sight launched with other NGOs and WHO

  • 1989

    Computerised Braille book production system introduced in Tamil Nadu

  • 2004

    CBM received awared from the
    Government of India for its exemplary contribution towards the elimination of Avoidable Blindness in India

  • 2014

    Include Vidya campaign launched to promote inclusive education

  • 2017

    CBM India received Zero Project
    Innovation Award 2017 for disability
    inclusive organic farming project