CBM works for an inclusive society where people with disabilities achieve their full potential.

Building an inclusive india for people with disabilities



CBM is committed to improving the quality of lives of persons with disabilities and other disadvantaged communities without any discrimination.
We promote inclusive, sustainable development to break the vicious cycle of poverty and disability.
We promote enabling environments for the empowerment of persons with disabilities as vibrant, contributing members of society.

CBM India’s Story

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  • 2017

    Zero Project Innovation Award 2017 was presented to CBM India for disability inclusive organic farming in Geneva

  • 2016

    Empanelment with Government of India for Accessible India Campaign by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

  • 2016

    Collaboration with Central University in Assam and Mizoram to incorporate disability curriculum into social work courses.

  • 2004

    In recognition of exemplary contribution towards the elimination of avoidable blindness in India, CBM won an award from the Indian Government.

  • 1994

    Establishment of CBM India Trust

  • 1975

    Mr PG Michael was appointed as the first regional representative in India.

  • 1967

    Beginning of CBM’s projects in India in the fields of education, rehabilitation, and eye care.

CBM India’s strategic goals are to:

  • Strengthen the voice and autonomy of people with disabilities.
  • Build inclusive, resilient communities; with equal opportunities for economic empowerment, education and health for persons with disabilities.
  • Build inclusive and sustainable local and national systems and services.
  • Minimise the conditions which lead to disability and reduce the prevalence of diseases which cause impairments.
  • Ensure that populations affected by disasters have access to inclusive humanitarian assistance and protection

We work with people with disabilities, their representative organisations, community-based organisations, institutions, and local, state & central government.

“Nothing about us without us”
teaching blind students - CBM India

Programme Milestones

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  • 2017

    Zero Project Innovation Award 2017 was presented to CBM India for disability inclusive organic farming in Geneva

  • 2014

    Launched the Include Vidya campaign to promote inclusive education.

  • 2013

    Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) strategy was drafted for Government of India prepared with the National Trust

  • 2005

    With CBM and WHO support, the Sound Hearing 2030 Campaign was launched in South East Asia.

  • 1999

    Together with other NGOs and WHO, the initiative “Vision 2020: The Right to Sight” was launched.

  • 1989

    In Ramakrishna Vidyalaya, Coimbatore, a computerised Braille book production system was introduced. The College of Physical Education of the YMCA Chennai introduced the Bachelors of Mobility Science and Physical Education.

  • 1983-86

    The Institute of Ophthalmology at Joseph Eye Hospital, Tiruchy, was established to train ophthalmologists.

  • 1983-85

    Rehabilitation and special education courses were introduced at Holy Cross College in Tiruchy, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya and Avinashilingam University for Women in Coimbatore.

  • 1979

    The concept of integrated education was promoted by CBM in discussions with the state government of Tamil Nadu.

  • 1978-80

    CBM and NASEOH assist the Helen Keller Institute for Deaf and Deafblind (HKIDB) in the development of the Sign Language Dictionary called “The Talking Hands”.

  • 1977

    In Musuri, Tiruchy, the first Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programme was initiated.

  • 1975

    Ophthalmology services launched as part of CBM-supported hospitals in South and North India.

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Governance

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Advisors

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Senior management

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Board of Trustees

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Dr. Sara Varughese

Dr. Sara Varughese, an ophthalmologist and public health specialist, is the Managing Trustee of CBM. She earlier worked with the World Health

Dr. Vinod Shah

Dr. Vinod Shah

Dr. Vinod Shah is the Chief Executive Officer at the International Christian Medical and Dental Association.

Mr George Abraham

Mr. George Abraham

Mr. Abraham is the Chief Executive Officer of Score Foundation, an NGO working with persons with visual impairment

Mr. Varghese Chandy

Mr. Varghese Chandy

Mr. Varghese Chandy is the Chief General Manager, Marketing, Advertising and Sales of Malayalam Manorama a daily newspaper

Dr. Francis Joseph Stanley

Dr. Francis Joseph Stanley

Dr. Francis Joseph Stanley is the General Secretary and Executive Director, Skills for Progress (SKIP) Bengaluru.

Senior Management

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Sara Varughese

Managing Trustee

Dr. Sara Varughese graduated from CMC Vellore, India and is a fellow of the Royal College

Bineesh

Bineesh Mathai

Director – Department of Development and Sustainability

Bineesh is a strategic not-for profit professional with 15 years’ experience in roles of progressive

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Melanie Pereira

Head – Human Resources

Head Human Resource and Admin : MBA, Human Resources. Certified as a Lead Auditor

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Umesh Baurai

Head – Community Based Inclusive Development

Umesh is a high achiever in the not-for-profit sector. He is a thorough professional with 20 years of experience in the social sector

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Ravi Ranganathan

Head – Health and Disaster Response

Ravi Ranganathan has 18 plus years of experience in the development sector in managing the programme and operation

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Fairlene Soji

Head – Impact and Learning

Fairlene has done her masters in sociology and post-graduation diploma in community based rehabilitation from the Bangalore University

Bincy Chakkissery Antony

Chief Finance and Operations

Bincy is a seasoned finance professional with over 22 years of experience in several domains, including Strategic Financial Management, Governance, Audit, Assurance, Leadership, and Administration.

Our Policies

Child Safeguarding Policy

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Prevention of Sexual Harassment Policy

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Code of Conduct

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Policy Preventing Corruption and Fraud

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CBM India promotes enabling environments for the empowerment of persons with disabilities as vibrant, contributing members of society.