Skip to content

Impact Report 2019-20: how your support has transformed lives

Posted on: Monday, February 8th, 2021

In spite of the many changes and challenges we have all faced in the last year, your continued commitment and generosity has enabled CBM to  transform the lives of millions of people with disabilities in the world’s poorest communities. 

Our latest Impact Report 2019-20 (open link in new tab) sets out some key achievements of the year, made possible by the generous support from thousands of individuals across the UK as well as partnerships with other key funders and governments.  Thanks to you, we were able to spend a record £8 million on our life-changing programmes last year.

You can read more about:

  • how your donations to our Coronavirus emergency appeal have helped us protect people with disabilities and our partners around the world;
  • an amazing 14 year partnership with Seeing is Believing (SiB), a collaboration between Standard Chartered and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, to treat avoidable blindness and visual impairment by improving access to affordable and quality eye care;
  • how TV presenter Diane Louise Jordan (Blue Peter, Songs of Praise) spent a life-changing week seeing the impact of our work preventing blindness.

Writing in the report, CBM UK Chief Executive Kirsty Smith reflects on a year of challenges but also of hope:

“Coronavirus has exacerbated the marginalisation of people with disabilities around the world, especially in the poorest communities. We’ve heard so many devastating stories of women, men and children unable to access health care or struggling to access daily essentials such as food or medicine. But there is cause for hope. Through these difficult times, I’ve been inspired time and again by stories of huge resilience and courage from our projects, by the dedication of our team and partners and by the faithfulness of our generous family of supporters here in the UK. Together, we can transform lives and ensure no-one is left behind.”

Thank you for your life-changing support!

Download our Impact Report 2019-20 (open link in new tab).

An older women with an eye patch on with the words Impact Report 2019-20 written above