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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…