Benita smiling after surgery for cataracts.

Stories of our work

At the centre of what we do are the people who benefit from our programmes - men, women, boys and girls living with disabilities in the poorest places of the world. On these pages, you can meet some of the people we've helped, read about the challenges they have faced and discover how their lives have changed thanks to CBM supporters.

  • Haova sat inside her home, smiling.


    Thanks to CBM supporters, Haova can now feed her children – and also earn a living to support them into the future.

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  • Mosa sat at a table, smiling, with his walking stick next to him.


    “We had a nice house in the past but we had to sell it to buy food.”

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  • Kazol Rekha

    My life was good before the accident, like everybody else. I was in school and I got married. But after my accident my husband left me. Community attitudes also changed.

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  • Bimala sitting in her garden smiling


    “I tell everyone who I think is suffering in silence to come forward and seek support and treatment”

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  • Kamal in makeshift tent at Cox's Bazaar refugee camp in Bangladesh


    “I will never forget the smell of the fires, the screams, these horrible screams. I see these sequences again and again…”

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  • Mphatso


    “If you are in a group they teach you not just to sit at home, they teach you how to cope with treatment and do work”

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  • Robert, a man in his 30s, sits with his aunt Rose under a tree

    Rose and Robert

    “I now know how to protect and take care for people with mental illness. I am also able to tell signs and symptoms of mental illness… Above all, I have learnt to love him.”

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  • Shakulu wearing glasses, sat with his mother Zaitun. Both smiling after successful cataract surgery.


    “Shakulu now goes to school… He is seeing everything for the first time.”

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  • Jeanne has turned her life around with help from a CBM programme in Rwanda.


    “Now, people call me a person with a disability, not someone who is nothing. Now, the future is better.”

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  • Baby Gabriel wearing glasses


    “Without the laser treatment the risk for Gabriel of going blind would have been very high”

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