Turkey, at the beginning of the 20th century: The German pastor Ernst J. Christoffel is touched by the fate of blind children living and begging in the streets. In 1908 he sets out to establish a home for blind, deaf and physically disabled children and adults. He cares for their education. He supports them to live an independent live. This is the beginning of the development organisation "Christoffel-Blindenmission Deutschland e. V." (CBM Germany).
Like Christoffel, CBM Germany – together with the international CBM Federation – supports persons with disabilities. Inclusive Eye Health is a focal point of CBM Germany, e.g. with cataract surgeries and the fight against river blindness. New technologies such as the app “Peek Vision” are being tested to save the sight of many more people. In addition, CBM - like its founder - advocates that persons with disabilities are empowered to live a self-determined life.
In countries such as India, Kenya and Ethiopia, CBM has been working for more than 50 years. With its awareness-raising activities in Germany, CBM draws attention to the situation of persons with disabilities especially in the poorest communities of the world, working towards CBM’s Vision of an inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential!