Humanitarian Action

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Humanitarian Action


Make a difference and ensure the protection and safety of people with disabilities, so no one is left behind or excluded in an emergency response.

Current Emergency – Indonesia

On 21st November, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck West Java in Indonesia triggering landslides and causing buildings to collapse.

The earthquake has tragically killed over 260 people and injured hundreds more. Many of those killed or injured were children. 

Thousands of people have been displaced, and homes have been destroyed, as well as schools and hospitals. 

Over 58,000 people are taking refuge in emergency tents, places of worship, and government buildings that are still functioning, but the power supply is turned off and hospitals have been hit badly.

“It is highly likely that the impact of the disaster will continue to increase.” – Anton R Purnama, Humanitarian Coordinator, CBM Global Indonesia

cbm’s local team and emergency response experts are working with our partners in the affected region to assess how we can help the most vulnerable people affected by this crisis, including people with disabilities.

We know that people with disabilities are often the worst affected when a disaster strikes. They are at higher risk of being injured or losing their lives during a disaster. They also face additional barriers that can make it harder to recover from a disaster and rebuild their homes and livelihoods.

cbm works with organisations of people with disabilities and partners operating in disaster-prone areas to ensure that people with disabilities are included in all response efforts. No one should be left behind.

cbm has a strong track record of responding to emergencies, working with local hospitals and organisations for over 100 years to provide life-saving aid to people with disabilities and helping rebuild lives and communities. We’re regularly asked to train and support other humanitarian organisations, helping ensure that the support they deliver reaches people with disabilities and other marginalised people. 

When disaster strikes, people with disabilities are among those most vulnerable. Please pray for people affected by this devastation in Indonesia and donate now to support cbm’s emergency work across the world.

Your gift will help to provide urgent support for people with disabilities who are struggling in poverty and emergency situations. You will be providing live-saving essentials like food, water, hygiene products, blankets, medical kits and emergency shelter. Gifts will be prioritised for cbm’s response following the earthquake in Indonesia, with any surplus funds used where the need is greatest.

“The earthquake was scary. Many people died and many others are injured. The area, which was most affected by the earthquake, does not have accessible roads. Many people with disabilities are isolated and cannot easily access evacuation sites and assistance. Communities, including people with disabilities like me, are in need of support. We need tents, blankets, food, and toiletries.”
– Ela, a woman with a disability from Indonesia


  • $25 could help provide relief packs to people with disabilities. These packs are full of live-saving essentials like food, water and hygiene products.
  • $50 could help provide people with disabilities and their families, and other vulnerable people with much needed blankets, as the Cianjur is a highland area, the temperatures are cold, especially in the rainy season.
  • $75 could help provide people with disabilities with a family survival kit, a children and baby kit, or a women’s dignity kit with hygiene and sanitary items for specific needs.
  • $100 could help provide emergency medical kits including the replacement of lost assistive devices such as wheelchairs and crutches, to meet the basic needs of people with disabilities giving them more independence.
  • $250 could help provide a large, sturdy accessible tent, providing shelter for families who have lost their homes.

Please donate now to support cbm’s emergency work across the world. And please join us in praying for people affected by this disaster.

Other Areas – The Pacific

Local Partner: The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) and members:

  • The Cook Islands Disability Council (CINDC)
  • Nuanua-O-Le-Alofa (NOLA) in Samoa
  • Naunau o’e Alamaite Tonga Association (NATA)
  • Tonga National Visual Impairment Association (TNVIA)
  • Lavame’ata’e’iloa Association in Tonga


The Pacific is at the front lines of climate change, facing increasing severity and more frequent occurrence of natural disasters, rising sea levels and other climate-related challenges. Since 1950, natural disasters have directly affected more than 3.4 million people and led to more than 1,700 reported deaths in the Pacific region, with affected countries ranking amongst the highest number of people affected per number of inhabitants.

The remoteness of many Pacific Island communities makes persons with disabilities living in such communities at higher risk of the impact of natural disasters.


The Pacific Disability Forum, the umbrella organisation of Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPO) in the Pacific Region, is supported to develop and implement a regional disability inclusive humanitarian strategy with their members in the region. With specific focus, this programme assists organisations of persons with disabilities in The Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga to develop disability inclusive humanitarian preparedness and response strategies for their respective countries.

This programme will ensure that people with all forms of disabilities and their representative bodies are included in the planning, design, implementation and monitoring & evaluation of humanitarian action.

The long term vision of this programme is strengthened resilience of persons with disabilities and their families in disaster preparedness, response and recovery in the Pacific Region. The overall aim is that disaster preparedness, response and recovery will be inclusive and accessible for persons with disabilities.

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