The Christian Blind Mission (CBM) is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world. Based on its Christian values and over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause and a consequence of disability, and works in partnership to create an inclusive society for all.
CBM's work is founded on the core values of Christianity, internationalism, professionalism, stewardship, honest communication and inclusion inherited from our founder, Pastor Ernst Jakob Christoffel. In 1908, Christoffel set out for Turkey and founded a home in Malatia for blind and otherwise disabled and orphaned children, with the support of only a handful of friends. The mission societies to which he had applied before saw no commission for helping the blind in the Orient. Over time, CBM’s policy has widened from serving blind people to giving all persons with disabilities access to basic healthcare services.
Now CBM's 11 Member Associations (MAs) provide a vital link between people with disabilities in the poorest places of the world and those that have the interest, capacity and resources to help. Based in Europe, North America, Australasia and Africa, Member Associations support CBM’s programmes worldwide, mobilise resources from individuals and institutions, and carry out national advocacy and awareness-raising campaigns to ensure that the rights and needs of people with disability in poor communities are not forgotten.