Tearfund’s Big Quiz is the smart way to change lives
Did you know you can use your brain power to change lives? Everybody loves a good quiz and Tearfund’s Big Quiz is a fun way to use your knowledge to help people affected by poverty. On September 9, 2023, churches across Aotearoa will take part in the Big Quiz to raise funds to support people living in poverty. The good news is that the event is easy-to-run because we have done all the hard work for you. So why not sign your church up to have fun, reach out to your community and impact lives?
You can register your church and find out more about Tearfund’s Big Quiz here.
As well as having fun, the goal of the Big Quiz is to raise funds. The more you raise the more people we can help together.
Tearfund’s Farming and Enterprise Cause
Our partner in Vanuatu is helping growers learn more about how to get the best out of their crops.
Raising funds can provide families in Vanuatu to plant coffee to earn an income
Communities on Tanna Island, Vanuatu, grow food for their families and sometimes have enough to sell locally. However, the challenge of climate change and frequent natural hazards sometimes leave their families hungry.
Tearfund’s partner is helping growers learn more about how to get the best out of their crops so they can grow more and improve the quality and variety of what they are growing.
Our partners have been helping growers increase their incomes from growing coffee and vegetables, and developing agri-tourism. They have also helped growers link to markets for what they produce.
Johnny has been one of these growers who are benefiting. Johnny’s main income is from coffee. “I only sell my coffee to the Nasi Tuan cooperative that we have set up,” says Johnny. Through the project, farmers like Johnny have access to a pulper, processing equipment, tools and netting for drying coffee. “I want to say a big thank you to New Zealand. Your support gives us a chance to earn an income and send our kids to school. Thank you very much!”
Find out more about our Farming and Enterprise work here.
Tearfund's Modern Slavery Cause
Panit suffered abuse at the hands of several men and Tearfund's partner helped give him the justice he deserved.
Photo: Nikki Denholm
Raising funds will provide support for trafficking survivors to recover emotionally and economically
Tearfund has partners working across several fronts and countries to help end human trafficking and exploitation. From trafficking prevention and rehabilitation of survivors, to helping police release people from slavery and secure justice for survivors, Tearfund’s partners are helping people like Panit* from Thailand.
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Panit became an orphan in his early teens. This forced him to survive on the streets. During this time of extreme vulnerability, several men abused him. After meeting online or in person, the men would lure Panit into abuse and give him money. Eventually, Panit got off the street and moved in with a guardian. While he was in an aftercare programme with one of Tearfund’s partners, his counsellor discovered that Panit had been abused, and helped start legal proceedings against one of his abusers. The first legal case against one of his abusers got thrown out of court. The judge said that Panit had been complicit in accepting money. No child can consent and no amount of money paid changes that. Unfortunately, some judges around the world are not aware of this. So, Tearfund’s partner pursued justice for Panit and another court case. But this time it was successful and Panit’s abuser was sentenced to 16 years in jail.
*Name changed for protection.
You can learn more about our Modern Slavery work here.
Tearfund's Disaster and Conflict Cause
A Ukrainian mother comforts her baby and young daughter.
Photo: Evgeny Maloletka
Raising funds can help Ukrainian refugee families with access to emergency shelter and medical support
An estimated 11.1 million Ukrainians have fled their homes since Russia invaded on February 24, 2022. Five million of these have fled to neighbouring countries, such as Poland. Refugees often arrive distressed, traumatised and extremely tired after days of dangerous travel.
Our partner based in Poland, is providing shelter, hot meals, psychosocial support, hygiene items, medical care and warm clothes for Ukrainian refugees.
Anna* is one of them. “We were warmly received by Tearfund’s partner, and we slept very well. The best sleep in a long time,” says Anna.
“We’ve left everything behind because my husband and I decided that was the safest thing to do for our children. It’s been horrible to see them exposed to such violence. But it’s so amazing to see people from so many different countries supporting us,” says Anna.
Anna and her children plan to travel to Germany to stay with her brother.
*Name changed for protection.
You can learn more about our Disasters and Conflict work here.
Tearfund's Child Development Cause
Mothers and their babies receive care in the first critical year of life.
Raising funds can help mums and babies in Indonesia receive the critical support and care they need in their first precious year of life.
Indonesia has one of the highest mother and child mortality rates in Southeast Asia. Extreme poverty makes pregnant mums and babies particularly vulnerable because they often can’t access critical medical and social services.
In our new Mums and Bubs project, we’re helping mothers and their babies through that first critical year, when infants are most at risk of illness, malnutrition and early death. Survival Specialists visit them in their homes to provide antenatal and medical care along with immunisations, food and safe water to meet their physical needs. Mums and Bubs Groups meet regularly to provide emotional support to new mums and their babies.
Your generosity can have a lifelong impact on mothers like Alince, who was the first mum to give birth in a survival programme during quarantine. The safe delivery of her healthy girl was especially beautiful because four of Alince's children passed away; three at birth and one in early childhood.
"I didn't have the right knowledge on my previous pregnancies," said Alince. "I didn’t know about proper nutrition during pregnancy."
When Alince joined the programme, she learned how to take care of herself during pregnancy and the importance of nutrition. “It was not my first time becoming a mother, but the things I’ve learned are mostly new to me, especially about nutrition during pregnancy. I should produce baby food made from vegetables, fish, fruits, and meat, instead of giving instant food as I did with my earlier babies," she said.
The support Alince received helped her feel equipped and confident, despite the trauma of her previous losses.
You can find out more about our Mums and Bubs programme here.
To help more people like these and have a good time of quizzing fun, sign your church up for Tearfund's Big Quiz Night.
Sign up now!