Part of our commitment to mission as a community is to care for the needs of our global community as crises and natural disasters strike. Over the past several years we have financially supported relief and rebuilding efforts in response to wars (Sri Lanka), earthquakes (Haiti and Japan), hurricanes/typhoons (Newfoundland and Philippines), flooding (Pakistan), famine (the Horn of Africa), and the HIV/AIDS pandemic (South Africa). cbm is the primary organization we use to support relief efforts around the world. Through this partnership we have fed and housed hundreds of families and provided access to medicine and medical clinics for hundreds more. We often support their ongoing work within individuals with disabilities on top of relief support as the worldwide state of disability services is a global crisis in its own right.
Motivated by God’s love, cbm strives to bring physical and spiritual sight to the blind. They have sought to break the cycle of poverty and disability for more than 100 years by working with Canadians, international partners and those they serve to set people free for life. Every year, cbm and their partners perform more than 600,000 sight-restoring cataract operations. In 2010, they celebrated their 10 millionth cataract operation. That’s 10 million moms, dads, and kids who can see again, enabling a much more productive and rich life. In addition, on an annual basis, they provide medical treatment to 110,000 ear patients, 188,000 orthopedic patients, and rehabilitative care to more than 305,000 people with disabilities other than blindness. They are also one of the first organizations on the ground when disaster strikes in developing nations. They help mobilize and coordinate medical clinics, relief supplies, and care for those suffering from disabling injuries.
Check out a couple videos that share their work in more detail: