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In developing countries, 80% to 90% of persons with disabilities of working age are unemployed, whereas in industrialised countries the figure is between 50% and 70% (UN)
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Inclusion

A young man seated on a tricycle selling drinks from it
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Thomas uses a tricycle from the workshop of a CBM-supported CBR project in Rwanda to earn his family's keep by selling drinks in his mobile kiosk

CBM works with partners for the empowerment and inclusion of persons with disabilities, improving their lives directly and utilising their skills and resources to develop society as a whole.

Inclusion means equal rights for all

A girl is sitting on the ground, she is handing maize to a man and getting paid in exchange ©CBM
Jessi, from Malawi, selling maize. The 29 year old lost her sight because of childhood measles. CBM partner programme MACOHA provided her transport fees and orientation and mobility training to allow her to attend a special school for the blind. There she met her husband Eliya, who is also blind.
When spoken about in terms of disability, 'inclusion' means the concept of everybody - irrelevant of any kind of ability - being accepted into society without pity, restriction or limitation.

The exclusion of any individual from society affects not only this person and their family, but also the economic and social development of their entire community - a significant reservoir of human potential has gone untapped.

CBM advocates for equal rights of persons with disabilities in society and seeks to support healthcare, educational, rehabilitative and income generation services designed to maximise their quality of life.

Lausanne Commitment


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