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100 years of expertise

Pele, with children
At the home of Pelé, where invited some pupils from CBM partner Instituto Santa Theresinha, in Sao Paulo, Brazil

In 2008, CBM celebrated 100 years of promoting inclusion and making comprehensive healthcare, education and rehabilitation services available and accessible to an estimated 500 million persons with disabilities in low and middle income countries worldwide.

Congratulations - 100 years of CBM

Pastor Ernst Christoffel, founder of CBM
"I am delighted to extend my warmest congratulations to CBM staff and partners around the world as your organization marks 100 years of experience and excellence.  As your motto says and as you have demonstrated, together we can do more"
Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of World Health Organization

"CBM has given hope to countless people with blindness and other disabilities and opened to them a better chance of full participation in community life.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel

"I’m a member of the CBM team"
Pele, Edson Arantes de Nascimento

"I’ve seen the extraordinary need and know how vital CBM’s ministry is. In my experience CBM is a leader in impacting the lives of the poorest and most forgotten people in the world.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

CBM Timeline

1908 - Founded by Ernst Jakob Christoffel, who builds a home for blind and other persons with disabilities and orphans in Turkey.

1925 - Christoffel opens another home for persons with disabilities in Iran.

1966 - First CBM-supported cataract operation is performed in a hospital in Kabul/Afghanistan.

1967 - Start of projects in Ethiopia, Tanzania and India; CBM remains highly active in these countries to this day.

1972 - Programmes in South America start with a CBM-supported project in Peru.

1989 - WHO recognises CBM as a professional organisation.

1999 - Together with other NGOs and WHO CBM, initiates "VISION 2020: The Right to Sight", a global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness by the year 2020.

2002 - CBM receives advisory status for the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

2003 - First international lobbying initiative starts with a permanent office in Brussels.

2003 - Together with other NGOs and WHO CBM, initiates "WWHearing", a global initiative for promoting better hearing through provision of affordable and appropriate hearing aids and services.

2004 - The leadership of CBM reviews our global strategy and sets the framework that defines the direction of the organization in the next century.

2007 - November 27 marks the start of centennial celebration together and with partner organisations, donors, supporters and friends by the CBM Family.

2008 - CBM celebrates 100 years of commitment and expertise. We fully embrace our mandate as a development organisation, and are dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world. CBM aims to reach many more people in years to come. We will do this by building on our current successes, strengthening our partnerships and learning from the people we work with.


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