Games of trivia can seem… well… trivial, but what if your general knowledge could help bring freedom for someone caught in modern-day slavery or help someone affected by a natural disaster or conflict?

Tearfund’s Big Quiz Night is a fun easy-to-run event that is being held in churches across Aotearoa on Saturday, August 21 as Kiwis pit their knowledge against other teams to raise funds for Tearfund’s four great causes: Modern Slavery, Disasters and Conflict, Child Development and Farming and Enterprise.

You can sign up or find more out here.


Tearfund’s Modern Slavery cause


Tearfund has partners working across several fronts and countries to help end human trafficking and exploitation. From prevention right through to rehabilitation of survivors and helping to secure justice for survivors Tearfund’s partners are helping people like *Panit from Thailand.

MicrosoftTeams-image-(1).pngTearfund partners with LIFT International to help secure justice to survivors of human trafficking.

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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 Panit. 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 he had been abused and helped start legal proceedings against one of his abusers. The first legal case against one of Panit’s 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 with 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 read the full story here.

 

Tearfund’s Disaster and Conflict cause


Tearfund responds to the needs of people affected by natural disasters and conflict across the globe, helping them to survive in the aftermath of a natural disaster or conflict and walking with them until they can begin to rebuild their lives. In some cases, this can be several years on from the event such as in the case of the Syrian refugee crisis. Tearfund has been there for refugees such as *Rima and her five children.

MicrosoftTeams-image-(2).pngRima and her family fled Syria and are receiving support from Tearfund’s partner in Lebanon.

On the night the bombs started falling Rima and her family fled to a secluded forest. A few days later, we had to flee once more as the woods were bombed, says Rima. Many people we knew died in front of us.”

Eventually, they arrived in Lebanon. Finding a job was difficult, especially with the economic crisis in Lebanon, but her husband finds work occasionally. They also get some food assistance.

Rima’s three younger children have been enrolled in a Little Friendly Space (LFS) programme and the older ones attend the church Learning Centre run by Tearfund’s partner. “My older children have learned quite a lot and have developed good morals and values,” says Rima. “They used to fight a lot, but now they are calmer. It has even helped me in raising them. I am more relaxed. I hope that they can stay learning. I want to see them succeed. I pray that one day we can go back to Syria.”


*Name changed for protection

Tearfund’s Child Development cause


Tearfund's Child Development cause is helping children rise above poverty so they can fulfil their God-given potential, in a loving, secure environment that puts them first. Tearfund’s latest initiative is aimed at helping infants survive their first critical year of life through a Mums and Bubs programme. This programme is making a difference for baby Ivanna. The first 1000 days of life is a crucial period for babies like Ivanna.

MicrosoftTeams-image-(108).pngBaby Ivanna faced the risk of stunted growth, but because her mother, Devi, joined Compassion’s Mums and Bubs group, Ivanna is thriving.

These critical days form the foundations for a child's health, growth, and neurodevelopment. A lack of adequate nutrients can cause malnutrition and stunting. Because of poverty, Ivanna faced the risk of stunting due to poor nutrition but now thanks to the Mums and Bubs group Ivanna is a growing, healthy one-year-old who weighs 7kgs. She loves to eat by herself and doesn’t like to be spoon-fed now, says her proud mother, Devi, 20. She knows every kilo her daughter puts on is an achievement in the battle against malnutrition that is so common among families living in extreme poverty.

You can read the full story here.

 

Tearfund’s Farming and Enterprise cause


Increasing household incomes through collective farming enterprises is one of the most effective ways of helping people lift themselves out of poverty. Another effective way of achieving the same goal is through Self Help Groups (SHGs). These are saving and loans groups where the collective savings are used to start businesses or improve the quality of life for members. Tearfund’s partners are helping improve lives for people like Nalayini and Chinniah. 

When the civil war started in Sri Lanka, the couple fled from the fighting with their children. They ended up in a displacement camp. After the war, they returned to their land but everything had been destroyed and their livestock was gone. Eventually, they rebuilt their house and joined Tearfund’s dairy farming programme. "We received a pregnant cow and attended various training sessions on how to care for and raise the cows well so we could increase their milk supply,” says Nalayini.


MicrosoftTeams-image-(4).pngNalayini, Chinniah and the cow that helped to turn their lives around.

Their cow gave birth and their business began to snowball. They managed to get the cow’s milk production up from 1.5 litres a day to 15 litres a day. Each day, they biked to the local collection point built by Tearfund’s partner to deliver the milk. There, it was sold to a local dairy company and the profits put back in the pockets of people like Nalayini and Chinniah. Today, they have five cows and have been able to pay for their children’s education, put good food on the table and afford a better quality of life.  

“We want the simple things in life—to be happy, see our children get an education, marry and live happy lives, and have enough to meet our needs. Now, we are finally doing just that.”

You can read the full story here.

 

To help more people like these and have a good time of quizzing fun, sign up your church or group to Tearfund’s Big Quiz Night.

 

 

 

 

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