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  • Protect

    Anti-trafficking and Exploitation


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

    Tuan and Ny's story

    "I don't know how old I was when I was sold. I just remember that I was small and that it happened many times. I want to blame my mother for what she did to me, but I don’t because she is my mother and we were too poor.” 

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    • $150 billion (USD)

      Is the annual profit generated through human trafficking and slavery. Of that, sexual exploitation generates $99 billion

    • 21 Million

      The number of people trapped in slavery today. More than ever before in history

    • 4.5 Million

      The number of people in forced sexual exploitation – the population of New Zealand. The vast majority are women and children.

  • Sponsor

    Child Sponsorship


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

    Jané's story

    "After my father died, I became the man of the house. We lived in a slum in Kolkata and my mother struggled to provide for us kids. When we were sponsored this burden was lifted somewhat but we still struggled from time to time. In those moments I would look to the letters my sponsors wrote me for encouragement."

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    • 15%

      of the world’s children are forced into child labour

    • 18,000

      The number of children under 5 who die every day. Many could be saved at little cost

    • 35,000

      The number of children around the world who have been sponsored by Kiwis

  • Restore

    Disasters and Peace Building


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

    Jacob's Story

    “My name is Jacob Talla and I am the Chairman of the Nasi Tuan (Tearfund’s partner) Coffee Cooperative Group. I’ve lived here on this land in Middlebush since I was born. In all my life and even my grandparent’s life we’ve never seen a storm this great."

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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


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

    Latashe's Story

    “After I joined the Self Help Group in 2008, hope began. Most of us used to stay at home, dependent on our husbands.  But now all the members are engaged in different kinds of income generating activities. I praise God because he has prepared things for me to do in advance and I am realising them through this business."

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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


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

    Anjela's Story

    "My name is Anjela, and I am 29 years old. I have lived on Tanah Masa all my life. It’s not easy being a mother here. I have been pregnant many times, but my pregnancies have been followed by sadness instead of joy. When I lost my first child, I cried all the time".

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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