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CBM Italia is a humanitarian organisation committed to preventing and treating blindness and avoidable disability, as well as to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Italy.

31
Projects
13
Countries
1 mln
Beneficiaries reached in 2020

What we do

Over 1 billion persons throughout the world have a disability (about 15% of the global population); of these, 80% live in developing countries. A vicious circle links disability and poverty. We want to break this cycle by working together with the communities on projects that promote health, education and independent living.

Action areas
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Inclusive eye health

Prevention of avoidable blindness, support for hospitals and ophthalmology centres, mobile clinics, prevention and cure of neglected tropical diseases, training of doctors and operators.

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Other disabilities

Medical care and surgery, physical rehabilitation, equipping of hospitals, training of doctors and operators.

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Inclusion

Promotion of disability-inclusive development, inclusive education, vocational training, food security programmes.

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Humanitarian action

Disability-inclusive programmes in preparation for and response to humanitarian and environmental emergencies, training of operators in the field.

How we work

CBM Italia is part of CBM (Christian Blind Mission), an international development organisation, committed since 1908 to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world.
Our projects help to implement the principles embodied in the «UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities», around the world and in Italy, and strengthen the global commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

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  • We work with communities to affirm the rights and promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every aspect of life (Community-based inclusive development).
  • We are active where the need is greatest in Africa, Asia and Latin America; we are also present in Italy.
  • We work together with local partners and organisations of persons with disabilities.

Where we work

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little girl in Uganda with physical disability

Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services for people with disability in Uganda

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Indian woman writing

By their side: psychological support to youth with disabilities in COVID-19 times

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Grandmother and nephew in Ethiopia

NTD-WASH project in West Belessa, East Belessa and Ibnat Woredas

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Green field in Ethiopia

Nutrition and Food Security for Children and Women with Disability in Wolaitta Zone, Ethiopia

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Green field in Kenya

Promoting Food Security and Resilience among Women with Disabilities in Igembe North Sub-County, Meru County Kenya

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Bambini in classe

Low vision and refractive errors programme in Cochabamba

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Bimbo prematuro e mamma

ROP and telemedicine programme in Cochabamba

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Bimbo boliviano

Eye health and prevention of visual impairments in El Alto

42

India

Regional Action for Inclusive Education in North East

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India

Disability Inclusive Livelihood Initiative - Ujjawal

40

India

Comprehensive Services Eye &ENT care services in Rajastan and Uttapradesh

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Women in Nepal

Sakhsam Maheela: Empowerment of women with disabilities in Nepal

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Nepal

Eastern Regional Eye and Ear Care Programme

36

Women in Vietnam

Education for children with disabilities including visual impairment

35

Niger EU

Urbanisation 4 Change. Socio-economic inclusion in Agadez

34

FAI Niger

Together for an inclusive response to the COVID-19 emergency

33

Humanitas Cagliari

You care, I listen to you: psychological support in hospital context

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31

Charge

+AIR: Inclusive recreational activities and assistance to children with CHARGE syndrome

30

contesto Niger

Intervention to improve access to educational facilities in the Diffa region

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Uganda

ForeSeeing Inclusion – Eye health and Disability Mainstreaming in North Uganda

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Scaling up MDA to accelerate Elimination of Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis

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BECause Eye Care: South Sudan Eye Care services strengthening

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Food security for women and persons with disability in Tillabéry Region, Niger

18

visita oculistica

Achieving Right to Sight though acceleration of avoidable blindness in Kenya

15

bambini malnutriti

Food security to malnourished children at schools and vulnerable communities in East and West Belessa (Ahmara region)

14

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Ensuring Quality and Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities Program

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Programme of Prevention of blindness Visualiza

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Strenghtening of ROP prevention and cure in Guatemala

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bambino prematuro

Inclusion strategies in socio-health and school services. Operational models for accompanying children with disabilities in Bolivia

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6

Naro Moru

Naro Moru Disabled Children's Home

5

Women sitting under a tree

Cultivate Inclusion: food security and resilience for vulnerable families in Burkina Faso

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Ethiopia
Green field in Ethiopia

Nutrition and Food Security for Children and Women with Disability in Wolaitta Zone, Ethiopia

Kenya
Green field in Kenya

Promoting Food Security and Resilience among Women with Disabilities in Igembe North Sub-County, Meru County Kenya

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Partners and donors

Our work in developing countries and in Italy is made possible by the trust and support of 60,000 individual donors and many institutions, foundations and companies.

 

In 2020 CBM Italia raised € 9,434,256.

Funding sources
75 %
individual donors
21 %
institutions and foundations
4 %
companies
Institutions and foundations
Italian Agency for Development Cooperation
8x1000 Valdesian Church
KING BAUDOUIN FOUNDATION logo
KING BAUDOUIN FOUNDATION
PRESIDENZA DEL CONSIGLIO DEI MINISTRI
UCB COMMUNITY HEALTH FUND logo
UCB COMMUNITY HEALTH FUND
EUROPEAN UNION
Fondazione Affinita
Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo
Companies

Accountability

88 %
Of the funds collected are allocated for projects and awareness campaigns in developing countries and in Italy.
6 %
Invested in fundraising
6 %
For general and administrative expenses
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We are part of an international organisation active since 1908

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We are one of the 247 Civil Society Organisations recognised by AICS (Italian Agency for Development Cooperation)

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The financial statements of CBM Italia Onlus as of 31st December 2020 have been approved at the members’ meeting and audited by KPMG (audited voluntarily by them since 2006)

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We are certified by IID - Italian Institute of Donation for our transparent management of the funds raised

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We have a Code of Conduct that commits us to comply with the principles of honesty, respect, propriety and inclusion

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88% of the funds raised are allocated for projects and awareness campaigns in developing countries and in Italy.

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CBM Italia Onlus

Via Melchiorre Gioia 72
20125 Milano - Italy

Tel. +39 0272093670

Lea Barzani

Head of Philanthropy Department

lea.barzani@cbmitalia.org