Since the first few days following the January 12th earthquake in Haiti, cbm Canada (formerly known as Christian Blind Mission) and its partners have helped more than 63,000 survivors, many of whom suffered debilitating injuries that could have led to life-long disabilities if not for the interventions of cbm Haiti staff.
cbm's partnerships with the State Secretariat for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, international partners such as Handicap International, and numerous Haitian Disabled Peoples Organizations aim to change the attitudes of Haitian towards disability; influence the development and implementation of public policies and ensure the inclusion and access of people living with disability in all aspects of the reconstruction process.
As Haiti rebuilds, cbm hopes it will be transformed into a barrier-free and inclusive society where persons with disabilities have equal rights and opportunities and are empowered to actively participate in the sustainable development of their communities.
cbm advocating for rights of disabled
cbm has been actively working towards improving the lives of people with a disability in Haiti for more than 30 years. To date our efforts have focused on the prevention of blindness, special education for children with disabilities, community based rehabilitation and clubfoot programs.
The earthquake provided cbm with an opportunity to expand its mandate in Haiti and to work with local organizations and government agencies to promote change.
cbm has developed a long-term strategy for its work in Haiti that focuses on expanding health services to provide care for people with spinal cord injuries; advocating for the rights of people with disabilities to attend mainstream educational facilities; working to improve the accessibility of all public spaces; and the development of a comprehensive strategy to build local capacities and best practices for disaster response.
cbm is committed to Haiti not just during the rebuilding from the quake but for the foreseeable future. Its objective is to support persons with disabilities and to make sure their needs are met and their voices are heard in regards to the future of Haiti.
cbm appreciates generosity of Canadians
"Because of the financial support of generous Canadians, cbm has provided over 126,000 vital medical treatments and helped over 63,000 people since the earthquake," says Ed Epp, Executive Director of cbm Canada. "We are humbled by the outpouring of empathy. We will continue to ensure that cbm programs in Haiti have a lasting impact on the lives and livelihoods of thousands of earthquake survivors and those living with a disability in Haiti."
cbm Canada is a Christian international development organization focused on improving the quality of life of people struggling to survive the double disadvantage of poverty and disability. cbm Canada's head office is located in Stouffville, Ontario.
cbm has been working in Haiti since 1976, with development projects throughout the country, including five programs for those with disabilities in Port-au-Prince.
Every year, cbm brings hope and transforms the lives of more than 23 million people worldwide. www.cbmcanada.org.
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