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Vision First in Papua New Guinea
Oct 20, 2019

Vision First in Papua New Guinea

World Sight Day is an international event observed annually in October to draw attention to blindness and low vision and to give those affected a voice. This year, cbm New…
World Sight Day 2019
Oct 10, 2019

World Sight Day 2019

Today, as we celebrate World Sight Day, it’s timely to look back on the history of cbm New Zealand (formerly known as the Christian Blind Mission). Founded by the German…
Relying on Humanitarian Aid
Oct 1, 2019

Relying on Humanitarian Aid

Three-year old Haris undergoes physiotherapy at the cbm-CDD rehabilitation health centre in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. His disability limits his movement and daily activities, in particular, playing with other children, leaving…
Jamira Can Now See
Sep 16, 2019

Jamira Can Now See

Little Jamira’s future looked bleak due to blinding cataracts, but thanks to your generosity she can now see. In rural Uganda, having twins is considered a great blessing. So, when…
Left Behind In A Cyclone
Sep 2, 2019

Left Behind In A Cyclone

The extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the Indian state of Odisha in 20 years. With winds recorded between 185-250 km/h and 89 fatalities,…
Dinesh’s First Steps!
Aug 23, 2019

Dinesh’s First Steps!

A remarkable new video has just arrived from Nepal of our representative sponsor child Dinesh. Watch Dinesh stand up for the first time in his life and take his very…
World Humanitarian Day
Aug 19, 2019

World Humanitarian Day

Every 19 August, World Humanitarian Day is set aside to honor humanitarian efforts made around the globe and to assert the need for supporting people in crisis. This year, World…
Transforming Lives In Nepal
Aug 1, 2019

Transforming Lives In Nepal

In Nepal, adults and children, like six-year-old Suman who are living with disabilities, face negative stigma and a high risk of neglect. Over a third of the population living with…
Malkina's First Shoes
Jul 15, 2019

Malkina's First Shoes

16-year old Malkina was born with unilateral clubfoot, a painful and isolating condition, where the foot is smaller and twisted inwards. Her parents took her to a general hospital when…
Nine Months on from the Indonesian Disaster
Jul 1, 2019

Nine Months on from the Indonesian Disaster

All of us have moments in our lives that we will never forget. For many Kiwis, it’s the Canterbury earthquake in 2011. For 10-year old Alif from Indonesia, it’s 28…
Surgical Outreach Clinic in Papua New Guinea
May 31, 2019

Surgical Outreach Clinic in Papua New Guinea

cbm recently organised a week-long surgical outreach clinic in Mingende, a small town located in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, performing cataract operations. The cbm team overcame some challenges…
Empowering persons with disabilities in Uttar Pradesh
May 29, 2019

Empowering persons with disabilities in Uttar Pradesh

To achieve equal opportunities for all, the cbm programme on organic farming in India is empowering persons with disabilities and communities to access sustainable livelihoods through rehabilitation/health services, inclusive training…
cbm Launches New Community Mental Health Initiative
Apr 26, 2019

cbm Launches New Community Mental Health Initiative

The launch of the new cbm Community Mental Health Initiative comes at an exciting and rapidly changing time for Global Mental Health. 15 years ago, after our partners asked for…
Inspired to become an Ophthalmologist
Apr 23, 2019

Inspired to become an Ophthalmologist

To increase the number of local ophthalmologists working in Rwanda, with your help cbm NZ has been supporting Dr David Muhire Karama at the Kabgayi Hospital. In 2018 he performed…
Cyclone Idai Emergency Appeal
Mar 28, 2019

Cyclone Idai Emergency Appeal

URGENT - We need your help! Please DONATE NOW to the Idai Emergency Appeal Tropical Cyclone Idai has devastated countries in the southern and eastern region of Africa. Mozambique, Zimbabwe…
Indonesia Earthquake Appeal
Oct 4, 2018

Indonesia Earthquake Appeal

Please DONATE NOW to the Indonesia Emergency Appeal Your help is urgently needed to provide life-saving essentials. Terrifying earthquakes struck Indonesia on 28 September in Central Sulawesi, with the strongest…
Three Years Later: the Global Promise of Leaving No One Behind
Sep 25, 2018

Three Years Later: the Global Promise of Leaving No One Behind

Three Years Later: the Global Promise of Leaving No One Behind Three years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, more…
cbm is responding to help those with disabilities affected by the strongest storm of the year.
Sep 20, 2018

cbm is responding to help those with disabilities affected by the strongest storm of the year.

In pre-dawn darkness, Super Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall on Saturday in the coastal town of Baggao in Cagayan province on the northern tip of Luzon, Philippines. What is often forgotten…
Partners in PNG Forum
Jul 24, 2018

Partners in PNG Forum

Late last month, cbm New Zealand Programmes Officer Karen Jack joined our inclusive education partners from Papua New Guinea to take part in the first inaugural Inclusive Education Advocacy Forum in Port Moresby. Our partners in PNG are working hard…
Tropical Cyclone Gita in Tonga: Disability or ability?
Jun 26, 2018

Tropical Cyclone Gita in Tonga: Disability or ability?

On 13th of February 2017, Tropical Cyclone Gita with wind speeds of up to 270km and hour made landfall on the islands of Tongatapu and Eu’a in Tonga causing significant…
Evacuation from Ambae 2017
May 4, 2018

Evacuation from Ambae 2017

Findings and recommendations from Needs Assessment of people with disabilities in VanuatuFollowing volcanic activity on Ambae in Vanuatu October 2017, the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) together with the Vanuatu Disability…
Spinal Cord Injuries
Dec 4, 2017

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are one of the most devastating injuries that a person can experience. It can happen to anyone of any age and background. Mike Potter, cbm NZ’s Marketing…
​International Day of People with Disabilities: Include Us
Dec 1, 2017

​International Day of People with Disabilities: Include Us

Globally, one billion people have a disability, and 80 per cent live in developing countries. In developing countries, women comprise three quarters of people with disabilities. Women and girls with…
Gordon Rattray from cbm’s International Emergency Response Unit aboard the Hercules
Nov 16, 2017

SK17

In October a team of cbm New Zealand staff climbed aboard the Royal New Zealand Hercules Aircraft to join “SK-17” - a disaster simulation exercise run by the New Zealand…
Lucky to be alive, living for others.
Oct 10, 2017

Lucky to be alive, living for others.

Here at cbm New Zealand, we believe that no one should be left behind when a disaster strikes. Sadly, that is not the case for one in seven people -…
The SDGs are intended to leave no one behind, where are we 2 years after?
Sep 22, 2017

The SDGs are intended to leave no one behind, where are we 2 years after?

Today, 25 September 2017, marks the second anniversary of the adoption of the landmark 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This “was the first time in history that we as human…
Susan's Story
May 15, 2017

Susan's Story

Susan Willis-Hirst, one of our board members, recently visited the cbm-funded hospital in Tanzania where she met patient Elizabeth James. She tells her story as follows: "I noticed Elizabeth as soon as I arrived in the Fistula Ward meeting room.…
Karen in PNG
May 15, 2017

Karen in PNG

Earlier this year I spent two weeks in PNG visiting our cbm project where I was delighted to see all the progress that has taken place since my last trip. This project in PNG focuses on stopping the link between…
International day of people with disability
Dec 1, 2016

International day of people with disability

One billion people have a disability and more than 80% live in poverty. International Day of People with Disability is an important day to raise awareness of the barriers people with disabilities often face around the world. Today we celebrate…
Ganga from Nepal hopes to see again soon.
Oct 13, 2016

Celebrating the Gift of Sight : World Sight Day

In 1966 New Zealand physician Dr. Howard Harper entered the operating room in Noor Eye Hospital in Kabul to carry out the first cbm sponsored cataract surgery. This intervention marked the beginning of an unparalleled success story. Today, 50 years later,…
Tony McLean – why am I involved with cbm New Zealand
Sep 26, 2016

Tony McLean – why am I involved with cbm New Zealand

Tena Koutou Katoa,   For more than twenty-three years I’ve been incredibly blessed to have worked in a wide variety of paid and voluntary capacities with people who society has…
Mohan
Jul 6, 2016

Cbm NZ Programme Officer Karen Jack shares her thoughts after her recent trip.

As much as I’d love to, I can’t meet each and every person to hear their story, but during the annual monitoring trips I make sure to meet as many…
Proud dad moment
Jul 6, 2016

Proud Dad Moment

Young Joel Hunt jumped at the chance to voice a couple of radio adverts for cbm New Zealand, formerly the Christian Blind Mission, that have played on Life FM, Rhema…
International Women’s Day 2016
Mar 7, 2016

International Women’s Day 2016

Every day we witness the great potential of women in our work. Despite the double disadvantage of poverty and disability they overcome barriers and become independent individuals earning their families’ living. In celebration of International…
6 year old Sarah was born deaf-blind, She now attends the school for the deaf in the DRC.
Mar 3, 2016

World Hearing Day 2016

  The World Hearing Day (formerly known as International Ear Care Day) is celebrated annually on 3 March. The aim of this day is to raise awareness among the general…
As an elected member of the Karnataka State Children’s Parliament, Sushma (right) recently met the state's Chief Minister. She recognises that she’s become a role model for children with disability, and hopes to motivate others to speak up for their rights. Robin Wyatt /© CBM
Nov 26, 2015

Empowering people of all abilities

On December 3 we observe International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD); an United Nations (UN) sanctioned day which is celebrated each year. The day aims to promote action and…
Sarita lost everything in the quake. Belief in herself is what keeps her going.
Oct 23, 2015

Sarita lost everything in the quake. Belief in herself is what keeps her going.

Sarita’s story is tragic. She lost her husband during the Nepal earthquake and their house was destroyed. Sarita herself was rescued but she received a spinal cord injury that limits…
Impression from cbm's "Taste & See" Afternoon Tea Event
Oct 17, 2015

"Taste & See" Mt Maunganui in pictures

Our event "Taste & See - The cuppa that keeps on giving" was a lovely occasion to meet with our wonderful supporters. It was an afternoon tea full of hope,…
Our cbm Programmes Officer Karen Jack in India.
Oct 12, 2015

Organic Farming is a means to escape the cycle of poverty and disability

Our Programmes Officer Karen Jack visited our cbm partner in India last week. In this fantastic project people with and without disabilities receive training in organic farming – that doesn’t only enable them to earn an income but it helps…
Impression from cbm's "Taste & See" Afternoon Tea Event
Oct 3, 2015

"Taste & See" Auckland in pictures

Our event "Taste & See - The cuppa that keeps on giving" was a lovely occasion to meet with our wonderful supporters. It was an afternoon tea full of hope,…
Twende Kasi - Count me in
Sep 18, 2015

Twende Kasi - Count me in

Twende Kazi is a song that was composed and produced by Robert Kamanzi, popularly known as RKay, and performed by a number of leading Kenyan musicians affected by or passionate…
Uganda: Some of the children who took part in the games pose for a photo with CoRSU CEO Malcolm Simpson and the guest of honour, the Hon. Minister of State for Elderly & Disability, Sulaiman Madada. All the children were awarded with medals.
Aug 10, 2015

Let's celebrate our youth on International Youth Day 2015

International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August, and this year the theme is ‘Youth Civic Engagement’. This day seeks to promote young people’s effective inclusive civic engagement at all levels. Active inclusion and input of the youth –…
Basavanna has a severe locomotor disability. Loans from the Chamkol programme's Revolving Fund Scheme have helped to ensure that he can support himself through his business of bicycle repairing.
Aug 4, 2015

Post-2015 outcome document is disability inclusive!

cbm International welcomes the new post-2015 agenda which is disability inclusive and promises an equal, inclusive and sustainable society for all. Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development The final outcome document of the post-2015 agenda was announced…
Pinali is deafblind. She receives rehabilitation and education via the CBM-supported Blind People's Association in Ahmedabad, India.
Jun 26, 2015

International Day of Deafblindness

On 27 June 2015 we celebrate International Day of Deafblindness. This day encourages more awareness and action for deafblind persons.
Diana lived with the shame and discomfort of fistula for 23 years. Four weeks after successful surgery at cbm partner hospital, CCBRT, Diana is thrilled to return home and spend time with her friends and family.
May 22, 2015

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula '15

On International Day to End Obstetric Fistula (23 May 2015) we speak with Dr. Vindhya Pathirana, obstretic surgeon and head of the vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) department at our partner organisation, CCBRT in Tanzania. cbm: Please tell us a little bit…
Annie bakes brownies to fundraise for cbm.
Apr 22, 2015

9 year old Annie saves 464 people from going blind

Annie, a 9 year old girl from Wellington, has truly made a difference: She saved 464 people from going blind due to river blindness! You are probably wondering how she did that? We recently received a cheque for $232 and…
© Robin Wyatt 2014: see www.robinwyatt.org  Every child with severe disabilities is entitled to enrol at his or her local school and receive education through a Home Based Educator (HBE). Jyothi, an HBE, is pictured here working with her own brother, Siddaraju, who has severe learning disabilities.
Apr 13, 2015

A matrix of change - inclusion in India

Here we highlight our partner organisation 'Mobility India' in Bangalore, India, that focuses on supporting people with disabilities through rehabilitation services and poverty alleviation. The cycle of poverty and disability in India Disability is both a cause and consequence of…
Fiona Morris
Mar 12, 2015

During transition we welcome Fiona as cbm's Acting CEO

Fiona Morris, our Marketing Manager - Engagement, is excited to lead cbm New Zealand through the time of transition as our Acting CEO. She is looking forward to meeting you and sharing the stories of lives transformed. During this interim…
© CBM  Neha has been diagnosed with glaucoma in both her eyes. Here she is seen along with her grandmother at a CBM partner organisation - the Biratnagar Eye Hospital (BEH) in eastern Nepal.
Mar 11, 2015

Sight maintained, dreams restored

Neha is a 12 year old girl from India and is affected by glaucoma. This World Glaucoma Week 2015 she talks with us about her journey and how life never has been easy for her. Tough childhood I am the…
© CBM/argum/Einberger  Dr. Heiko Philippin examines Zaina (right) during outreach activities by CBM partner Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Tanzania.
Mar 11, 2015

Celebrate with us the World Glaucoma Week 2015

cbm celebrates World Glaucoma Week from 8-14 March 2015. The theme this year is 'Beat Invisible Glaucoma'. On this occasion, we speak with our colleague Dr. Heiko Philippin, an ophthalmologist working in Tanzania. What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is a disease…
Jamila Amadou, who has untreated club feet, gets a push through the sand from a young woman in Kiota, Niger.
Mar 5, 2015

Women with disabilities are women too

Women with disabilities don’t have to be forgotten sisters. Together we can MAKE IT HAPPEN – as the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day states. Stephanie Ortoleva a highly recognised author and international human rights lawyer tells cbm why…
International Women's Day 2015
Mar 5, 2015

Women with disabilities can work at the frontline of development

Disability is often created by social structures. We talked to Sonja Vasic, who is a medical doctor and has a disability herself about the barriers that women with disabilities still face. As a disability activist Sonia shares the for her…
Ayawavi Moudon, 25, is one of four deaf workers at Credaniah Nouvelle Coupe, a high-fashion tailor shop in Lome, Togo. She dreams of eventually owning her own boutique.
Feb 26, 2015

Excessive exposure to noise: a life sentence? cbm joins the defence team

Exposure to excessive noise - a life sentence? It doesn't need to be because it's avoidable. Join our defence team and see based on a hypothetical story how a preventable hearing loss affected Amanda's life. Exposure to excessive noise is…
Rajani received the National Role Model Award from The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee
Dec 8, 2014

cbm India Member receives the National Role Model Award

On 3 December 2014 we were celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the efforts of people with disabilities, who challenge and overcome the barriers they face. What made this day even more special was the national role…
Make your Attitude count by watching the video clip and help break barriers that people with disabilities face.
Dec 2, 2014

Make your Attitude count

Have you ever looked past the ability of a person with a disability? Take a look at this 2-minute video clip which does not focus on a person’s disability but ability. Across the world there are many common attitudes and…
Mike Potter on his handcycle.
Dec 1, 2014

Technology has given me full life - despite having a disability

Mike Potter, our Marketing Manager Acquisition, acquired a paraplegia as result of a motor vehicle accident. Despite this tragic event Mike is faith-filled, perpetually optimistic and nothing is too hard. Today he tells us how technology impacted his recovery, what…
World Glaucoma Week 2014 - Beat invisible Glaucoma!
Mar 12, 2014

World Glaucoma Week 2014 - Beat invisible Glaucoma!

World Glaucoma Week 2014 runs from 9-15 March, the week aims to raise awareness of glaucoma worlwide. Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness worldwide after cataracts, however unlike cataracts, glaucoma is irreversible. cbm ophtalmologist Dr Heiko Philippin…
Sign language – the key to education!
Feb 14, 2014

Sign language – the key to education!

What is it like to be deaf? Imagine being a child living in one of the world’s poorest countries and being excluded from communication and social interaction due to deafness. Visualize how your everyday life would look like and how…
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Nov 28, 2014

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

This week cbm celebrates! On 3rd December 2014 it’s the International Day of Persons with Disabilities – a day that this year promotes “Sustainable Development: the Promise of Technology”. What is International Day of Persons with Disabilities? The International Day…
Eye Camps are changing lives in India
Feb 5, 2014

Eye Camps are changing lives in India

In today’s world, 90 percent of the 285 million people with visual impairment live in developing countries. Thereof 39 million are blind, and 246 million people have low vision. * WHO: www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs282/en/index.html Visual impairment was the foundation of cbm's work…
"Members of the cooperative are like a family. We don't want Haiyan to torn the family apart." Group of members. Jemalyn & Myline have asked the men to stay with them to keep them safer. Men from left to right are: Christian, Elmar and Edgar Philippines after typhoon Haiyan, November 2013.
Dec 2, 2013

cbm “breaks barriers and opens doors” by reaching a group of women isolated by the typhoon

Group of women with disability: “If we stay here, we die of hunger. If we leave, we lose everything we lived for.” On the mountain side of Tacloban slightly elevated above the city, the cbm Rapid Assessment Team found a…
CBM Rapid Needs Assessment has spent 3 days supporting persons with disabilities in Tacloban City, one of the most affected areas hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
Dec 3, 2013

Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2013

 “Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”! ...is this year’s theme of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December. Today over one billion people live with some form of disability, 80% in…
The Masked Philanthropist
Nov 10, 2013

The Masked Philanthropist

cbm presented - a dining event to reignite the senses! Renowned chef Simon Gault's Euro Restaurant delighted the taste buds with four exquisite courses complemented by New Zealand fine wines. Attendees dined blindfolded or masked by cbm to heighten awareness…
Amidst tents filled with clients injured in the aftermath of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake and continuing aftershocks, there was also a tale of hope and optimism as 25-year-old Ganga gave birth to a baby boy.
Jul 28, 2015

Three months of inclusive response in pictures

Since the earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April, cbm, with partner organisations, has reached more than 15,000 people in the worst-hit districts. To ensure that everyone can access relief with equal ease, including the most at-risk groups such as…
Thousands received help in Nepal
Jul 14, 2015

Thousands received help in Nepal

In the emergency response cbm International has reached thousands of people with disabilities and many people who sustained injuries as a result of the earthquakes that hit Nepal. July 25th marks the 3-month anniversary of the first big earthquake. To…
Purna Maya lived with her father, Maila, in a mud house in Kavresthali village, situated about three kilometres from capital Kathmandu. She has cerebral palsy and has never received any treatment.
May 25, 2015

Battling seven cold nights under the open sky

Purna Maya has celebral palsy and is dependent on her father Maila. When the earthquake struck Nepal Pruna was inside their mud house which collapsed on her. She was buried under debris but Maila managed to pull her out of…
Aarti was admitted in cbm partner 'Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children' (HRDC) when the earthquake occurred on April 25, 2015. Her grandmother Dalatya carried her and ran out of the medical ward into the open area. Since then Aarti has been quiet and crying most of the time. Earlier, she was an active and cheerful child.
May 25, 2015

The Earthquake took Aarti's smile

Aarti was admitted in cbm partner 'Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children' (HRDC) when the earthquake occurred on April 25, 2015. Her grandmother Dalatya carried her and ran out of the medical ward into the open area. Since then…
HRDC clients (from left): Rohan (10) and Ganesh (12) and Dharmendra (8) share a light moment as they walk around the premises of HRDC (Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children) after the second big quake on 12th May.
May 25, 2015

Nepal earthquake - one month on

Since the earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April, cbm, with partner organisations, has reached more than 3000 people through outreach camps in some of the worst-hit and least-accessible districts. We are using the knowledge and resources of Nepalese Disabled…
The Nepal earthquakes caused major damage.
May 13, 2015

Another earthquake strucks Nepal

A new powerful earthquake has struck Nepal with a magnitude of 7.4 on May 12, 2015, killing even more people and causing many more injuries. The epicentre of the quake was centred east of Kathmandu in a hilly area close…
Indira (right) sustained a severe spinal cord injuries when her house collapsed on her in the Nepal earthquake. Her sister Mandira is visiting her in the special ward for female patients at cbm's partner 'International Nepal Fellowship' (INF), in Pokhara.
May 11, 2015

Buried under debris Indira survived the earthquake

Buried under the debris of her family’s mud house Indira sustained a spinal cord injury. Medical help was out of reach. Indira had to go through immense pain until she was transferred to a hospital four days later. The earthquake…
CBM partner Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children in Nepal (HRDC) organized an outreach/ disability relief camp in Sipaghat village in Sindhupalchowk district, to provide medical care to victims of the earthquake. The team of 20 medical and paramedical staff attended to a total of 133 clients, with all kinds of diseases and injuries.
May 4, 2015

Relief camps are on the way...

Ashok, our RCS Field Coordinator joins the "Disability Relief Camps" to Sindhupalchowk - a district that has one of the highest number of casualties. In his blog article he shares with us how horrified he was himself when the earthquake…
Rajendra survived the earthquake
May 1, 2015

Rajendra crawled for his life when the earth quaked

When the earthquake shook Nepal and everyone ran outside their homes for shelter and safety, Rajendra was left behind. He has polio which is a disease that affects both his legs to an extent that he cannot stand or walk.…
This image shows Patan Durbar Square, Lalitpur city, which experienced significant devastation
Apr 28, 2015

Nepal earthquake: Questions & Answers

Questions and answers on the Nepal earthquake, including the importance of ensuring a disability inclusive response. What happened?On 25th April 2015 at 11:41 local time a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, with the epicentre 81km northwest of Kathmandu. There were…
On 25th April 2015 at 11:41 local time a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, with the epicentre 81km northwest of Kathmandu. There were tremors of up to two minutes and by evening, at least 18 aftershocks had been felt.  By 8pm local time more than 800 people are known to have died, with more than 2000 casualties. The number of casualties is expected to increase greatly as information is collected.  This image shows the collapsed building described below by Mitralal Shrestha, CBM Nepal Finance and Admin Officer.
Apr 26, 2015

Catastrophic Earthquake shakes Nepal

A massive earthquake struck Nepal’s capital Kathmandu on Saturday morning, 25 May 2015. Thousands feared dead and injured. A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.8 has shaken the Himalayas Nepal and adjacent regions in India on Saturday morning. The epicenter was…
Please donate to ensure that no one is left behind in the Emergency Response to Cyclone Pam
Mar 25, 2015

Our Pacific neighbours with disabilities need help

Imagine navigating damaged roads and buildings if you are unable to see, hear or walk. Cyclone Pam has had a huge impact on human infrastructure, lives and livelihoods, particularly for people with disabilities living in Vanuatu. cbm is prioritising the…
Typhoon Hagupit hits Philippines
Dec 5, 2014

Typhoon Hagupit hits Philippines

Typhoon Hagiput – locally known as Ruby – made landfall in the Philippines on the 6 December. cbm is monitoring the situation. Typhoon Hagupit (locally named Ruby) made landfall on the Eastern Samar coast, near the town of Dolores (link…
Typhoon Haiyan: a classroom for children with disabilities
Nov 3, 2014

Typhoon Haiyan: a classroom for children with disabilities

Mardy Halcon from our cbm South East Asia & Pacific Regional Office is amazed by the achievement of cbm’s emergency response in terms of rebuilding “better”. In the following blog article “A day in an awesome place with wonderful kids”…
Typhoon Haiyan: People with disabilities help rebuild
Nov 3, 2014

Typhoon Haiyan: People with disabilities help rebuild

As part of our emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan cbm is rebuilding a dormitory and seven classrooms for deaf students that were damaged by the storm. People with disabilities are actively involved to rebuild "better". As part of its response…
Lucky Boy (pictured here with Rebecca, his grandmother) will be one of the first students using the new resource centre.
Apr 9, 2014

Access to education – Rebuilding after Haiyan

The resource centre of Carles School in Iloilo which was completely destroyed by typhoon Haiyan has been rebuilt. Gordon shot the before and after and highlights the impact this has on children with visual impairments. Sitting here in the air…
 This image shows Norlyn Caneso, a Disabled Persons' Organisation member, who stayed at the tent relocation centre waiting for a wheelchair to become available for him.
Feb 3, 2014

“We are invincible!” – the ongoing story of Typhoon Haiyan

Almost three months ago Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013 - one of the strongest typhoons ever to hit land. It left nothing but devastation, hopelessness and innumerable sad fates: 14.5 million people affected4.1 million people…
Vera (centre) with her son (left) and grandchildren at the site of their destroyed home.
Jan 20, 2014

A voice from the Philippines - Ageing and Disability Focal Points

David Lewis is currently seconded from cbm Australia to cbm’s emergency response in the Philippines. He is sharing with us how people with disabilities he met in the typhoon area, taught him a great deal about human courage. I woke…
Video: Inclusive food distribution on Paney Island
Dec 17, 2013

Video: Inclusive food distribution on Paney Island

cbm has almost completed the first phase of its three-phase relief and recovery programme. Now cbm is now working on the next phase of recovery and focuses on “building back better” and ensuring reconstruction efforts are inclusive. From 20 November…
Cerilo and his family draw hope
Dec 17, 2013

Cerilo and his family draw hope

Receiving food and survival supplies makes a huge difference to people like Cerilo and his family although it is immediate aid only. It brings back joyful smiles and Cerilo’s family draws hope. After all what Cerilo went through, being blind…
A man smile joyfully having just received much needed emergency relief items. CBM and ADP Iloilo Food and survival supplies distribution Concepcion, Paney Island, Philippines. - Philippines after typhoon Haiyan, November 2013.
Nov 26, 2013

In pictures - cbm food distribution in the Philippines

cbm’s Emergency Response Team has been distributing food and survival supplies baskets in the center of Concepcion, Paney Island, in the last few days. These first distributions reached 2,659 vulnerable households including nearly 900 families of persons with disabilities. Other…
Andrew Berlin (52).Andrew is a local volunteer and member of the Deaf Association Ilo (DAI) “I was surprised to the destruction of the typhoon on TV, and I wanted to share my strength to help.” CMB staff members, CBM partner ADPI staff members and volunteers are preparing the food and survival item baskets to be distributed in the coming days to the affected population of Typhoon Haiyan. Philippines after typhoon Haiyan, November 2013.
Nov 22, 2013

cbm & its partner ADPI getting ready for food distribution in the Philippines

cbm is supporting its partner to provide what is most urgently needed for survival. We have already been buying, and are now preparing the most important items. The project is targeting thousands of vulnerable families, approximately 18,000 people. The families…
Cerilo, a 17 year old boy, had to flee with his mother when his house was destroyed during typhoon Haiyan. Cerilo is blind and has mobility challenges. Philippines after typhoon Haiyan, November 2013.
Nov 19, 2013

Typhoon update - Cerilo was not able to see the typhoon coming

When our Emergency Response team was assessing Concepcion, a small community in Iloilo province extremely affected by the typhoon on the Philippines they met Cerilo. He is blind and was hiding under a table until the storm was over. Cerilo…
Philippines after typhoon Haiyan, November 2013. - Manith, 21 years old is the daughter of Manuelito. She has cerebral palsy. Typhoon Haiyan hit their village: Barotek Viejo is a small town on the coast of Iloilo province in the Philippines. His house was wiped out and he had to carry Manith on his shoulder in the typhoon to find a shelter. They are now safe, but they lost everything.
Nov 18, 2013

Typhoon update - Manith survived thanks to her father

Chelsea, a member of cbm’s Emergency Response team, was one of the first to arrive in the devastated areas. Her first report from the field is one of many examples of how people with disabilities have been affected by typhoon…
Survivors who lost their homes use a Jeepney public bus as shelter after a super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 9, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon in the world this year and possibly the most powerful ever to hit land battered the central Philippines on Friday, forcing millions of people to flee to safer ground, cutting power lines and blowing apart houses.
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cbm Emergency Response - relief and recovery programme

cbm Emergency Response: fast – inclusive – sustainable Disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hunger crisis or typhoon’s like Haiyan have a huge impact on human infrastructure, lives and livelihoods. To help the most vulnerable people – people with disabilities – …
Residents gather coins and other salvageable materials from the ruins of houses after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013.
Nov 11, 2013

Magnitude of typhoon Haiyan

cbm makes sure that people with disabilities are not left behind Super typhoon Haiyan – locally known as Yolanda – slammed the Philippines on Friday, November 8th, 2013. Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever to hit land, was rated…
Laxmi with her family using the new water pipe for washing the dishes. d
Nov 7, 2014

Thanks to cbm Christmas arrives early in Nepal

Improving the quality of life for people with a disability who live in poverty requires more than medical treatment. Read how life for Laxmi’s family in Nepal has been transformed through an early Christmas present they could never afford, water…
A gift of ‘childhood’ for Sajana
May 2, 2014

A gift of ‘childhood’ for Sajana

Sajana walks to school every day. While this is nothing extraordinary for many children in Nepal it means a dream came true for Sajana, the girl who was shuffling on her knees for over six years. Perhaps, one of the…
Laxmi kicks the ball
Apr 8, 2014

When Laxmi ‘kicked’ a ball

Ashok can’t believe his eyes seeing Laxmi playing and running around with great joy when he visited her last. Her new leg has transformed her life completely. She couldn’t wait to show Ashok everything she is now able to do.…
My field visit in India – bumpy roads, deep poverty but truly inspirational people!
Mar 24, 2014

My field visit in India – bumpy roads, deep poverty but truly inspirational people!

Helen Green our Board Chair went to India a few weeks ago to visit one of our projects funded by the NZ government. It’s an organic farming project inclusive for people with disabilities. Helen shares with us how these people…
“It is so important to tell people about this hospital”
Jun 9, 2014

“It is so important to tell people about this hospital”

Ugandan journalists report about our partner CoRSU - an opportunity to raise awareness among families that have long lost hope. “We didn’t know that we would find help so close to where we live,” Mama Benita said, when we asked…
“Every Day I witness cbm’s life-changing work”
Mar 24, 2014

“Every Day I witness cbm’s life-changing work”

‘What difference can 'one day' make in the life of a person?’ is the question Ashok, our field co-ordinator in Nepal asked himself. It didn’t take him long to find an answer. While walking through HDRC’s corridors he witnessed how…
Meeting Vincent again
Mar 24, 2014

Meeting Vincent again

Vincent from Uganda is one of our representative Sponsor Children. His story – growing up with no parents and being blind – has inspired many Kiwi’s to become a cbm Child Sponsor. Tobias Pflanz, cbm's Fundraising Field Co-ordinator, visits Vincent…
Fancy shoes with a big effect – a donation from New Zealand
Jan 28, 2014

Fancy shoes with a big effect – a donation from New Zealand

Today it’s Tobias Pflanz, cbm's Fundraising Field Co-ordinator, who is sharing with us how New Zealanders make a difference. He is based in Uganda's capital Kampala and responsible for cbm's Representative Child Sponsorship Programme there. They are very sturdy, but…
cbm NZ welcomes new CEO Stephen Hunt
Jul 10, 2015

cbm NZ welcomes new CEO Stephen Hunt

In June 2015 the cbm NZ team is pleased to welcome their new CEO Stephen Hunt . “Simply making a difference” drove him to become a part of the cbm family. To all our wonderful cbm supporters I am humbled…
The old saying about Sticks and Stones
Feb 28, 2014

The old saying about Sticks and Stones

Words can be encouraging and strengthen others’ confidence in themselves. But words can also hurt and depress others’ self-esteem. What is the best way to figure out what the right…
Human Rights – Entitlement or Opportunity?
Feb 20, 2014

Human Rights – Entitlement or Opportunity?

Opportunity and responsibility are the heart of Human Rights. Human Rights are not supposed to remain in the government’s hands. It is on all of us to create an inclusive…