CBM also provides assistance to people with disabilities during emergencies such as the recent Bangladesh cyclone and the violence in Kenya.
CBM Australia National Director John Jeffries said the evolution of the organisation's name to CBM "allows us to build on our history while maintaining the same identity".
"CBM has decided that its purpose and work is to improve the quality of life of all persons with disability, which includes those with hearing or physical impairment and mental ill health as well as those with visual loss," he said.
"We will address the rights of persons with disability and their access to services and opportunities which are issues relevant to people with all forms of disability."
CBM's new motto is "Together we can do more".
Together emphasises partnership - working together with supporters, volunteers, organisations in low income countries to deliver services to the people in need; as well as working with like-minded development organisations and UN agencies in international alliances, for example, the World Health Organization in VISION 2020:the right to sight global initiative.
we can emphasises ability rather than disability.
do more challenges us with the fact that by far the majority of persons with disability in low income countries do not have access to receive the medical, education and rehabilitation services which could improve their quality of life.
CBM is the world's largest disability organisation, working with more than 18 million people each year in 122 countries.
Its aim is to improve the quality of life of the world's poorest people living with, or at risk of, a disability.
CBM is a Christian organisation that has grown out of the work of Pastor Ernst Christoffel, who began building homes to care for children with all kinds of disabilities 100 years ago. – less–ZoomInfo