CBM is an international Christian development organisation devoted to improving the lives of people with disabilities in the poorest places on earth. Poverty and disability go hand in hand creating a cycle of inequality, isolation and exclusion that leads to the most extreme forms of poverty. Through their 110 year history and over 30 years in Australia, they have developed proven community based programs that help millions of people benefit from real, lasting change. This includes preventing and treating avoidable blindness such as cataract, river blindness and trachoma; helping practically by providing aids and equipment, access to much-needed treatment, learning a skill and going to school; and transforming lives of people with disability, influencing communities, organisations and governments to change attitudes and policies so everyone is included.
See www.cbm.org for more information.
The Fred Hollows Foundation is a development organisation working in more than 25 countries to help train and empower local eye doctors, nurses and health workers to create a sustainable system of care in the communities that need it most. Their work has a very clear purpose: to make sure everyone, whether they’re rich or poor, has access to high quality, affordable eye health.
See www.hollows.org for more information.