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.

  • 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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  • Pooja from India has learning difficulties. His father is being trained in organic farming.


    “Now I don’t have to worry about owing money. I am free from debt, and I can save some money to pay for Pooja’s medicine and appointments.”

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  • Purna Maya sitting in her wheelchair outside her destroyed house.

    Purna Maya

    A volunteer came to our house to ask about Purna Maya and the loss due to the earthquake. I was happy that some organisation had the time to think about disabled people…

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  • Shilpa being pushed in her wheelchair into the inclusive school.


    “When Shilpa first started coming she would sit alone and wouldn’t mingle with the other children. I would get her to sit with other kids…

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