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Real life stories

Language is life

Imagine what your life would be like if you didn’t have a language. Without a recognised form of communication, would you still have gone to school? Would you have a job?


Rising Up from Adversity

Raul Grefaldeo was 17-years-old when he experienced the event that would change his life.


Laying the foundations for a sustainable future

Jemalyn Collado rebuilds her life after Typhoon Haiyan through the Emergency Response Unit's shelter project.


Those denied sight should not be denied knowledge

Our partner ATRIEV in the Philippines has given light to those who lack the gift of sight through the power of technology


Haiyan - inclusive response rebuilding livelihoods

Typhoon Haiyan destroyed Jerry's house and workplace, but being part of the response has given him an opportunity to rebuild


Haiyan - inclusive response leads to mobility

Brice now enjoys greater mobility, thanks to a wheelchair referral set up via focal points, which are part of the response of CBM and partners to Typhoon Haiyan


Recovering from Typhoon Haiyan

Mamerto, a rickshaw driver in the Philippines, is a husband and father who looks forward to a better future having been part of disability inclusive emergency response activities post Typhoon Haiyan


Providing refuge during Haiyan

Joy refused to leave home during Typhoon Haiyan - her house had been rebuilt after a 2008 typhoon, and this time it provided shelter for many people, whose own homes were destroyed


A mother protects her sons from Tyhpoon Haiyan

Flora is a single mother who carried her two sons to safety during Typhoon Haiyan


An impossible decision to have to make

“If we stay here, we die of hunger. If we leave, we lose everything we lived for” - people homeless after Typhoon Haiyan


Typhoon Haiyan - A school dormitory to rebuild

CBM Rapid Needs Assessment team assists Philippines partner organisation International Deaf Association for Education (IDEA) to assess damages and plan for the future


Haiyan - Family home destroyed

Cerilo's family home has been destroyed, but he remains positive, harbouring dreams of learning to read


Haiyan - Cheryll, escaped with her baby just in time

Cheryll, mother of three, who escaped from her house with her baby seconds before it collapsed


Typhoon Haiyan - Manith's story

"I carried Manith on my shoulder to safety in the midst of the super storm"


Learning with Low Vision

A young Indonesian lady enjoys schooling despite having a low vision


Hope comes from believing

Desse believes that sometimes dream do come true


May Finds Her Voice in Music

Music has always been May's passion


Scholarship Paved Way for Success

A young lady who believes that education is the best means to empower persons with disability


Hope in a time of disaster

Despite discomfort and uncertainty, a positive approach keeps spirits high in evacuated rehabilitation centre


Differently abled reservist

Story of a man whose disability did not hinder him from achieving his dream


A family in hope

Eddy, a young man in Indonesia, has had to be restrained because of mental illness. His family hopes CBM involvement will help.



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