Children with disabilities cheering and wearing medals after disability sports event at CORSU hospital in Uganda.

FAQs

General

What does CBM do?

CBM transforms the lives of people with disability, their families and communities in the poorest places of the world. Working with local partners in over 60 countries worldwide, we prevent disability and enable disabled men, women and children to access healthcare and education, build sustainable livelihoods and play an active role in their community.

Why focus on disability?

People living in poverty with disability are the world’s poorest people, so if we’re going to end poverty, we can’t ignore disability. Disability is very common in developing countries and 15% of the world’s entire population, or 1 billion people, live with a disability.

Where does CBM work?

CBM works in over in 60 low and middle income countries across Africa; Asia and Pacific; Central and Latin America through our life changing projects

What does CBM stand for?

CBM stands for Christian Blind Mission. In 2007, we changed our name from 'Christian Blind Mission' to 'CBM' to reflect the fact that we work to change the lives of people with all kinds of disability, including deafness, clubfoot, cerebral palsy, cleft lip & palate, mental illness and intellectual disabilities, not just blindness. Our Christian values remain at the heart of everything that we do.

Does CBM UK work in England?

No, CBM’s work is focussed on improving the quality of life of people with and at risk of disabilities across the developing world.

Is CBM a Christian organisation?

Yes, CBM was founded on Christian values and we keep Christ’s teachings at the heart of everything that we do. Valuing and accepting each person as Jesus values and accepts them, CBM seeks to change attitudes, practices and policies that lead to marginalisation, exclusion and poverty because of disability, and to strive for justice and equality for everyone.

Does CBM serve people who are not Christian?

Yes. The CBM family globally serves all people with or at risk of disabilities in more than 60 of the world’s poorest countries, regardless of race, age, gender or religion.

Is CBM evangelical?

CBM is a Christian organisation. However, our purpose is not to evangelise but to provide practical solutions to issues faced by people with disabilities in the poorest places of the world. CBM’s vision is to show Christ’s love in action - we often work in partnership with churches and other Christian organisations local to our overseas projects to achieve this.

Who founded CBM?

CBM was founded in 1908, by German pastor Ernst Christoffel with the opening of a home in Turkey for children who were blind and orphaned. From these small beginnings, CBM is now the world’s leading Christian organisation tackling disability across developing countries. Read more about our history.

Why does CBM engage in advocacy work?

While we try and reach as many people as possible through our programmes the number of people we work with will always be small compared to the number of people affected by the issues we work on. By engaging in policy and advocacy work we aim to change the way governments and other organisations work and to support them to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. This way, we can have a much bigger impact than if we only work through our local programmes. Read more about out policy and research work.

Donations

How can I donate?

There are a number of ways to donate to CBM UK:

  • By telephone: 01223 484700 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Online: Through our website or on the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) website
  • By post: Vision House, 7-8 Oakington Business Park, Dry Drayton Road, Oakington, Cambridgeshire, CB24 3DQ
Is my card payment secure?

Our credit and debit card payments are processed by RBS Worldpay and use PCI (Payment Card Industry) security standards. If you’d like to find out more about card security please read our privacy policy.

Where does my donation go?

At CBM, we are passionate about helping those with disabilities living in the poorest countries. We manage our funds very carefully to make the biggest impact. Last year, 81p of every pound spent was used for our vital charitable work, with 0.1p spent on essential governance and 19p to generate more funds. For every pound spent on fundraising, we generated £6.40 of income.

How much do your senior staff earn?

We employ staff with specialist skills to most effectively improve the lives of some of the most forgotten people in the world. Our Chief Executive’s salary is less than that of CEO’s salaries at other similar sized charitable organisations in the UK. Our staff receive a salary far below what they would earn in the private sector because they are committed to improving the lives of disabled people in the world's poorest places.

To find out more view our Annual Report

Can I make a difference?

Everyone who contributes to our work, whether through prayer, donations, volunteering, fundraising or in other ways, has a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities in some of the world’s poorest communities. Last year, thanks to you, our supporters, CBM transformed the lives of over 38 million people with or at risk of disabilities worldwide. Read more about how to get involved.

Get involved with CBM

How can I support CBM?

You can support CBM in a number of ways:

To find out more about new initiatives, sign up to receive our e-mailings. Whichever way you choose to support CBM UK today you will be making a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities.

Can I volunteer?

Yes, volunteering is an integral part of our life-changing work, and we especially appreciate your time and enthusiasm to help the world’s poorest people. Please contact Jacqueline Atkinson, Community Fundraising Officer, using our online form, or by telephone 01223 484700 to find out how can you get involved.

 

Can I arrange for a CBM representative to talk to my group?

We are always happy to provide an interesting and informative talk to any group interested in CBM’s work. Please contact Jacqueline Atkinson, Community Fundraising Officer for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on 01223 484700.

Can you help me organise or take part in a CBM fundraising event?

Whether you would like to hold your own coffee morning or climb a mountain CBM would love to hear from you and help you raise money for our fantastic cause. Visit our fundraising page to find out more.

Do you have internship opportunities?

CBM UK occassionally has internship opportunities at our Head Office in Cambridge in a variety of departments but we do not carry out internships for field assignments. Visit our Work with us page to see details of current opportunities.

Communications

How can I contact CBM?
  • By telephone: 01223 484700 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
  • By post: Vision House, 7-8 Oakington Business Park, Dry Drayton Road, Oakington, Cambridgeshire, CB24 3DQ
  • By email
What is your charity number?

We are a registered charity with The Charity Commission for England and Wales 1058162. We are a registered charity with The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator SC041101.

More information about our registration can be found at the Charities Commission and OSCR website

Where can I read your Annual Report?

We love to talk about our inspiring work! You can read our Annual Report here.

My contact details have changed. How do I update them?

You can change your contact details either by phoning our UK-based Supporter Care Team on 01223 484700 or by emailing us

Can I be removed from your mailing list?

You can be removed from our mailing lists either by phoning our UK-based Supporter Care Team on 01223 484700 or by emailing us

How do I change how CBM mails me?

You can change how we contact you either by phoning our UK-based Supporter Care Team on 01223 484700 or by emailing us

How can I change the number of times CBM mails me?

We always want to keep you up to date by sending you the number of mailings you require each year. Please contact us either by phoning our UK-based Supporter Care Team on 01223 484700 or by emailing us to reduce or increase your mailings.


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