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CBM's preferred approach in meeting the needs of people with disabilities is to focus on mobilising the community. In 2013, CBM contributed to 197 community-based rehabilitation programmes, helping 202,505 people.

Typhoon Haiyan

Haiyan - access to education

A young boy (who is blind) laughing happily
© CBM/JohnJavellana
Lucky Boy, with his grandmother Rebecca. He will be one of the first students using the new resource centre described below.

Rebuilding resource centres that were destroyed by typhoon Haiyan, so restoring education for children with disabilities.

Blog from Philippines recovery projects

two pics, one showing a destroyed building and the other a new building ©CBM/JohnJavellana
The resource centre at Carles School, rebuilt
In the Philippines, CBM works with partner RBI (Resources for the Blind), who ensure that children with visual impairments – and they may also have hearing, learning or mobility difficulties – have the chance to access education.

In November, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed many of the buildings that are used for these classes, effectively ending education for the children.

But with CBM support, the centre at Carles School has already been rebuilt and is ready to be furnished. Of all the buildings at the school that were affected by the super-typhoon, it is the first to be restored.


Philippines - typhoon Haiyan

CBM and partners working to ensure that persons with disabilities are not forgotten in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan


Inclusive Emergency Response Unit (ERU)

CBM working with local partners to ensure that people with disabilities are included at all levels of disaster preparedness and response



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