After-School Club Coordinator leads 'Cheering Up', an inclusive exercise that gets the children playing with each other.
  • 26.8m People with disabilities [1]
  • 8.8m People who are blind [2]
  • 22% People live in poverty [3]

With over 1.3 billion people, India is home to 18% of the world’s population. By 2028, the UN estimates it will overtake China to become the most populous country in the world. Robust economic growth has contributed to a decline in the number of people living in poverty but a fifth of the population remains poor, particularly in rural areas.

People with disabilities in India often become isolated from community life and struggle to gain employment and access to basic services such as healthcare and education.

CBM has been working with our partners in India for five decades, working to prevent avoidable blindness, improve health and help people with disabilities go to school, earn a living, access health care/rehabilitation and secure respect in their communities. Our programmes in India focus on areas where the greatest numbers of people live in extreme poverty and with the highest numbers of people with disabilities.

  • [1] 2011 census of India.
  • [2] IAPB, Vision Atlas.
  • [3] World Bank.

Transforming lives

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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Rajesh was paralyzed from birth and is now is an organic farmer.


“I have always tried to help with the farming, but my abilities were not recognised in the family, or in the wider community… Now I have respect from them. They see me as a person, a successful person.”

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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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1st Sep 2020

Supporting organisations in the Global South to challenge mental health stigma

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Omwati smiling to camera, with an eye patch over her left eye.
16th Dec 2021

Omwati’s Miracle of sight

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