About our founder
In 1908, German Pastor Ernst Christoffel travelled to Turkey and was overwhelmed by the desperate hardship experienced by people living in extreme poverty – including people with disabilities and orphaned children. He founded a home in Malatya for them, independent of religion or nationality, with the support of only a handful of friends. While originally sent to Turkey to evangelise, he made it his mission to rehabilitate and educate these children, and dedicated his life to them, as a pioneer and champion for inclusion. He began Christoffel Blindenmission (Christian Blind Mission), which more than 110 years later is now a global force for change.