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  • Protect

    Anti-trafficking and Exploitation

    Protect

    We believe people are not commodities so we combat human trafficking to protect people from slavery and exploitation.

    Chanthavy's story

    "When Chanthavy was seven days old, her mother took her across the border to Cambodia and left her with her grandmother. Her mother returned three years later only to try and ‘sell’ her daughter to a strange man.” 

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    • $230 billion (NZD)

      Is the annual profit generated through human trafficking and slavery. Of that, sexual exploitation generates $150 billion

    • 25 million

      The number of people enslaved in forced labour exploitation.

    • 4.8 million

      The number of people enslaved in forced commercial sexual exploitation. The vast majority are women and children.

  • Sponsor

    Child Sponsorship

    Sponsor

    We believe childhood is a basic human right and every child deserves to be loved, protected and released from poverty in Jesus' name.

    Benissan's story

    "Before I had surgery, my eyes hurt. Everything was blurry. I couldn’t see the board at school. It was scary. But the first time I put on my glasses, it all went away. Now I can see just fine. One day I want to be a doctor. And if you come see me, I’ll fix you right up.”

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    • 18%

      of workers in forced labour exploitation are children.

    • 14,794

      is the average number of children under 5 who die every day.

    • 35,000

      is the number of children around the world who have been sponsored by New Zealanders.

  • Restore

    Disasters and Peace Building

    Restore

    We believe we're to respond to those in need, so we help restore and build resilience in communities devastated by natural disasters and conflict. 

    Marwa's Story

    “When we came here we had nothing except each other. We left everything we owned back in Syria. Some people who went to the church told us about how their church could help us. We reached out to them and they came and met with us."

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    • 1.7 billion

      Is the number of people who have had their lives disrupted due to disaster or conflict in the past 10 years

    • 1/122

      people are displaced by war, violence and persecution

    • 3,496

      Is the number of natural disasters in the first decade of the 21st century. Nearly five times the number of events in the 1970s

  • Empower

    Enterprise and Empowerment

    Empower

    We believe people have a right to make a living and provide for their family, so we empower people through community-based initiatives. 

    Chadrewati's Story

    “I took a loan from my Self Help Group to start a poppadum business so we could save for our two eldest daughters’ high school fees. I’ll do anything to make sure my children achieve their dreams."

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    • $50 to $200

      The return from every dollar invested into a Self Help Group in Ethiopia based on a cost-benefit analysis

    • 200,000

      The number of women connected to a Self Help Group in Ethiopia, covered by just 200 staff

    • 3x

      Agricultural growth in low-income countries is three times more effective in reducing extreme poverty compared with growth in other sectors

  • Nourish

    Water, Health and Education

    Nourish

    We believe everyone has a right to the basics of life, so we help communities to access clean water, health and education.

    Mitali's Story

    "When Mitali gave birth to twin baby girls that weighed 2 kilos each she honestly didn’t think they’d survive. Not in their context. But Tearfund’s partner had been keeping an eye on this family and visited the house with support and advice that kept these babies alive through simple, basic interventions.

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    • 1.8 billion

      The number of people world-wide who are estimated to drink water that is contaminated with faeces

    • 30,000 deaths

      occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions. 90% are children under five years old

    • 3.6%

      of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving access to clean water