13 Oct 2016

An A-Typical Thanksgiving

Guest Blogger – Brian Hatchell, cbm Canada This past weekend was Thanksgiving here in Canada. I must admit I don’t typically give a lot of thought to ‘giving thanks’ over this holiday. Consider me odd, or just self-absorbed, honestly, neither would be wrong. My focus over most holidays is always on being in the presence of my family, indulging...

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03 Oct 2016

Not just another day…

Recently, at a family gathering, my cousin — a year younger than I — told me he had undergone cataract surgery. “What a difference this simple surgery made,” he told me. He was having difficulty driving in the evening, reading and working. His poor vision was gradually creeping into most of his life. It reminded me of the upcoming...

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30 Jun 2016

I Want a Hug

A cbm Canada program officer recently returned from Tanzania.  She reported that a recent addition to therapy for non-verbal children was a ‘communications board’.   Along with the care-giver, community worker who knows the child, a communications “need list” is designed.  These include a picture of food, toilet, and other every day needs.  Each board is designed, however, with...

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04 May 2016

Seeing All Children As Children

Last week a child in a school supported by cbm in Malawi was abducted, killed, and body parts used for traditional medicine.  The boy was targeted because he had albinism. A recent article on Reuters refers to the problem of violence towards people with albinism My prayers go out to the family.  I can’t imagine the trauma that they...

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02 May 2016

Toiling on a Foundation

Guest Blogger – Brian Hatchell, Partnership Development Officer at cbm Canada I recently returned from a trip to Fiche, Ethiopia where – alongside a number of cbm Canada donors and local residents – I spent 7 days lifting, carrying and dumping dirt, rocks and boulders in order to help lay a foundation for 4 new homes that will be...

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10 Nov 2015

Standing Up for Stunted Souls

Caroline Abbotts, cbm Canada Fundraising Field Coordinator Guest Blogger Last month, I had the pleasure and honour to visit Comprehensive Community-based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT), a partner of cbm Canada. A specific experience made a huge impact on me. While visiting the pediatric orthopaedic ward, I sat with a mom and her two children – both who have clubfeet....

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10 Oct 2015

4 Concerns with New Global Goals

The Friday before last, (September 25), the United Nations passed the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs). These global targets are meant to drive the development agenda for the next decade. They replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by world leaders at a UN summit in September 2000. Contrary to the MDGs, the new goals (SDGs) explicitly mention disability 11...

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07 May 2015

Nepal’s First Responders

At cbm, last week (and I suspect this week and next) will be dominated by the earthquake in Nepal and our emergency response. In emergencies-man made or natural-we need to remember in prayer the people directly affected. The people most obviously affected are those in Nepal who have lost family members, homes-who’ve had their lives shattered. After these most...

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