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.

  • Rajendra who has polio slept outside his house for several days after the earthquake in Nepal afraid of more tremors.


    “I somehow managed to crawl out of the house when I saw there was no one around… everyone had left for a safe, open place but me. I was the only one left behind.”

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  • Follow 8-year-old Whitney's journey from blindness to sight


    8 year-old Whitney lives in a village in Uganda with her mother and 2 younger siblings. For years, she was blind with no hope of sight…

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  • Vaileth & Susana both have cataracts and were treated by CBM's partner in Tanzania

    Vaileth and Susana

    “Now they can see better, I hope the girls can go to school to get an education so they can live a better life. Thank you so much.”

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  • Joyce having her eyes checked after her Trachoma operation in Uganda.


    “I expect good things in the future; I hope to be able to do a bit more work at home and move around more easily…”

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  • Eje sits at a computer that is in the shop that he owns thanks to ELIM in Nigeria.


    “I never mind what people say about me anymore provided I get to where I want, because of the encouragement I received from Elim staff, who always go beyond people’s expectations.”

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  • Omari and his father, Amiri can't stop smiling as a doctor comes and removes the bandages after cataract surgery.


    “I can see much better Daddy, the clouds are gone. I look forward to going back to school”.

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  • Sits at the BPA rehabilitation centre where she receives treatment for visual impairment and fits caused by a severe contusion that she was born with.


    “She smiled and clapped when she got the questions right and it was a great breakthrough. Now she is learning how to make juice and soon she will learn more difficult things.”

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  • Bernardino and Leonadra at Ferdan in Peru waiting for cataract treatment.

    Bernadino and Leonarda

    Leonarda cooks and cleans again and doesn’t need help eating. Bernadino loves reading. Now his eyesight is improved he reads and looks after the livestock once again.

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  • Denis

    “The way to school was so long and hard for him, and he would come back home in pain. So I thought maybe it’s best to stop school…

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  • Morgan from Kenya was diagnosed with bilateral congenital cataracts.


    “I am grateful that through well-wishers he has received medical care and cataract surgery all paid for and is on the road to recovery. I wouldn’t be able to afford all that money..”

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