Musings from digital communications specialist Sophie Rice and an interview with Tearfund aid and development legend Kevin Riddell.

Over the few years I’ve worked at Tearfund, I’ve seen us respond to numerous disasters. And over time, I’ve found a weight of hopelessness can grow in you over the destruction that injustice and poverty inflict on people. But hearing Kevin Riddell, one of our senior Programmes Specialists, talk about disaster response as the first step on a journey from disaster to community development; from hopelessness to hope, from devastated communities to ones that are flourishing, helped to give me hope. I thought it would be relevant for people out there feeling the same.

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The Lebanese Church shining a light in the darkness

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 — Kerrie Palma

The church in action is truly an inspirational thing. When communities of Christians unite over a common cause and focus their energy and care and prayers in an outward direction, God moves in power - this is the situation in Lebanon as the local church responds to the Syrian refugee crisis.

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Friday, 16 November 2018 — Helen Manson

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 — Helen Manson

Whether it’s on the phone, on our Facebook page or through email – we’ve been thrilled to see how many of you want to learn and understand more about one of the world’s largest refugee crises. So here’s the Top 6 questions you’ve been asking and the answers to go with them.

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What is Disaster Risk Reduction? And what difference does it really make?

What is Disaster Risk Reduction? And what difference does it really make?

Thursday, 13 September 2018 — Keith Ramsay

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Friday, 10 August 2018 — Rosie Paterson

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At Tearfund, youth and community development matters to us. We see young people as key leaders with the potential to bring about significant change in their own communities. We believe all young people in Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad have the right to fun, engaging, inclusive and safe spaces.

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Child Slavery on Lake Volta: 15 Powerful Photos To Make You Think

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Monday, 06 August 2018 — Sophie Rice

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Exposing Exploitation

Exposing Exploitation

Monday, 06 August 2018 — John Watson

There are more people trapped in slavery today than ever before in recorded history.

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How much of my donation actually ends up helping people?

How much of my donation actually ends up helping people?

Friday, 03 August 2018 — John Watson

We know this is a really important question for people and it’s one we get asked often. The short answer is: around 75% of your donation funds our international programmes and the other 25% pays for administration and marketing (among the lowest for comparable NZ charities). 

However, there’s an even better question to ask because according to research conducted by Giving Evidence and Givewell, a low administration cost isn’t necessarily a good thing...

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Eating is a Justice Issue

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 — Murray Sheard

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018 — Claire Hart

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You might recognise her from The True Cost documentary, or from her recently released Slave to Fashion book. Safia and People Tree are world leaders in the ethical fashion industry, and we're incredibly thankful and proud to be able to share the exclusive interview with you.

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