The pandemic in Bangladesh has brought millions of poor families to their knees, including nine-year-old Mredula's. A timely family gift from her sponsor lifted her family out of a desperate situation.
 

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Tearfund’s partner steps in to provide essentials to families after flood ravages Brazil

Tearfund’s partner steps in to provide essentials to families after flood ravages Brazil

Monday, 03 August 2020 — Compassion International

After spending weeks living in shelters due to a flood, hundreds of families from Bacabal city, Brazil, were finally able to return to their homes. However, the river waters had taken almost everything they had. Aware of the families' situation, Compassion’s child development centre distributed cleaning and hygiene kits, clothes, and mattresses to children who needed them most.
 

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Former refugee uses her experience of trauma to help survivors of human trafficking

Former refugee uses her experience of trauma to help survivors of human trafficking

Thursday, 30 July 2020 — Grace Stanton

Today is the UN Day Against Trafficking in Persons and this year the focus is on the amazing, resilient, and inspiring workers who work on the frontlines to stop and prevent this terrible trade and stand beside it’s victims. Sreyna Sam is one of them. She was born in a refugee camp during the Cambodian war and has experienced discrimination and abuse. Her trauma has given her an incredible empathy for survivors of human trafficking. She is now the Operations Manager of Client Care for Tearfund's partner Hagar, Cambodia.
 

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Five interesting facts you need to know now about modern slavery and exploitation

Five interesting facts you need to know now about modern slavery and exploitation

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 — Kate Kardol

At Tearfund, we have a deep compassion for the oppressed and a yearning for justice. We believe the exploitation of poor and vulnerable people is a gross injustice that must be confronted. And it starts with knowing the facts. 
 

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Coronavirus and hunger will adversely impact poor children NZ aid agencies warn

Coronavirus and hunger will adversely impact poor children NZ aid agencies warn

Tuesday, 14 July 2020 — Tearfund New Zealand

Thirteen NZ aid organisations are warning that children in low-income countries will be the most affected by the global pandemic and hunger, and they are encouraging Kiwis to help resource their global neighbours to deal effectively with the situation. The release today of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World by the UN has prompted the call to action.
 

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Tropical storm leaves families homeless amid pandemic

Tropical storm leaves families homeless amid pandemic

Wednesday, 01 July 2020 — Compassion International

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic in El Salvador, many families lost their houses in flooding and landslides when Tropical Storm Amanda hit on May 31. After being evacuated, vulnerable families were hosted inside Compassion child development centres, which provided supplies and protection from the virus.  
 

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What our partners have been doing globally during Covid-19

What our partners have been doing globally during Covid-19

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 — Rachel Vince

In New Zealand we are fortunate to have the healthcare we need to get through a pandemic like Covid-19. Other places around the globe are not. Because of the generous support of Kiwis like you we've been able to reach hundreds and thousands of vulnerable people. 
 

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Meet the woman changing the lives of thousands of war victims

Meet the woman changing the lives of thousands of war victims

Friday, 26 June 2020 — Grace Stanton

Selina nearly died five times during a brutal civil war that ravaged Sri Lanka. But she survived and went onto create something sustainable that would help her community for years.

 

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Radios help children without technology access lessons during Covid-19

Radios help children without technology access lessons during Covid-19

Wednesday, 24 June 2020 — Compassion International

When the government closed schools in Ethiopia, they told students to follow their daily lessons via the radio and TV. Yet children without the technology, like Yodranos and Kidist, missed out. It made them feel inferior and frustrated. The gift of a radio from Tearfund’s partner Compassion not only helped them catch up with schoolwork, but it also showed them that they mattered. 
 

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My experience living in a refugee camp – “I still get nightmares”

My experience living in a refugee camp – “I still get nightmares”

Monday, 22 June 2020 — Rafique-Rohingya Refugee

Read the first-hand account of a former Rohingya refugee who lived in a refugee camp for 18 years. In 1991, Rafique, his parents and his baby sister, fled Myanmar with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They now live peacefully in New Zealand but his experience still haunts him.
 

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Hygiene supplies overcome water scarcity in Indonesia

Hygiene supplies overcome water scarcity in Indonesia

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 — Compassion International

Mother of three Hana walks 2km dragging a cart loaded with 17 water containers to the nearest borehole every day. Water scarcity is always challenging, increasingly so in a pandemic when handwashing is critical. Compassion's church partner provided vital hygiene supplies and education to overcome the water shortage and protect their health. 

 

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A day in the life of a female human trafficking investigator

A day in the life of a female human trafficking investigator

Friday, 12 June 2020 — LIFT International

What's it really like to be a female human trafficking investigator? “I feel like I read the emotions and body language of other women well and that helps us collect evidence and be sensitive to trafficking survivors,” says a human trafficking investigator, as a female, working on the frontlines. Tearfund’s partner LIFT sat down with an investigator from their team to ask her what her job is like and why she does this work. 
 

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The People’s Planet: The Power of Collective Humanity

The People’s Planet: The Power of Collective Humanity

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 — Bonnie Graham

Open up your front door, take a few steps outside and look around. Whether it’s a flower growing out of a crack in the pavement, or the sound of the sea, chances are you’ll all be able to find some sort of beauty in your surroundings. Planet Earth is such a gift, isn’t it? One that we need to treasure. So why aren’t we better advocates for its preservation? In the fourth blog of the series, Bonnie Graham from Baptist World Aid Australia unpacks why we need to change the way we buy our clothes to become more sustainable shoppers and reduce the impact on our precious planet.
 

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Virtual Doctor Visits for Children in Need

Virtual Doctor Visits for Children in Need

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 — Compassion International

As Latin America emerges as the new epicenter of the pandemic, the health system is close to collapsing. To provide access to healthcare to vulnerable families, Tearfund’s partner, Compassion International has launched a telehealth system in Ecuador to provide medical advice over the phone from practicing doctors who are Compassion alumni.     
 

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Children in poverty, Covid-19 and the global response.

Children in poverty, Covid-19 and the global response.

Monday, 08 June 2020 — Tearfund New Zealand

The impact that Covid-19 is having on the world's most vulnerable children is enormous. We simply cannot turn our backs on them. The poorest of the poor are seriously feeling the affects of this virus, causing many of them and their families to face some incredibly desperate situations.
 

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The surprising household item aiding post-war recovery in Sri Lanka

The surprising household item aiding post-war recovery in Sri Lanka

Friday, 05 June 2020 — Helen Manson

Eight years ago I went to Sri Lanka. It was so impactful I couldn’t speak about it for three months. We were in the north where the war had come to its bloody end in 2009, to see the start of a new project Tearfund was pioneering. As we drove past bombed-out buildings, met people with war injuries and heard first-hand stories of the devastation, it was all I could do to pick up my camera and notepad and document it.
 

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An Unusual Quarantine Friend

An Unusual Quarantine Friend

Friday, 05 June 2020 — Compassion International

During the Covid-19 pandemic, which has affected lives even in their remote community, the children’s playtime is often spent with their pets. Five-year-old Weeview, who lives in a village in Thailand, struck up an unlikely friendship with a buffalo!

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Supply Chain Transparency in Times of Crisis

Supply Chain Transparency in Times of Crisis

Thursday, 04 June 2020 — Chantelle Mayo

Retailers in New Zealand and Australia have experienced immense economic stresses, with global borders being closed and restrictions around shopping, in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19 infection. On day three of this series, Chantelle Mayo from Baptist World Aid reflects on the vital importance of supply chain transparency in these times.
 

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Former Bachelor NZ, Art Green, To Row 40kms Non-Stop For People Trapped In Human Trafficking

Former Bachelor NZ, Art Green, To Row 40kms Non-Stop For People Trapped In Human Trafficking

Wednesday, 03 June 2020 — Grace Stanton

Art Green, most known for his role on the reality TV series, The Bachelor NZ, is taking part in the Poverty Cycle. He had no idea how bad human trafficking was and when he learnt more about it, he couldn’t turn a blind eye. 

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Rwandan Children Share their Favourite Quarantine Games

Rwandan Children Share their Favourite Quarantine Games

Friday, 29 May 2020 — Compassion International

Living in poverty, their families cannot afford store-bought toys, so the children cleverly make their own toys to play with.

 

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The Future of Ethical Fashion

The Future of Ethical Fashion

Wednesday, 27 May 2020 — Bonnie Graham

Hot and cold, pink and red, Taylor Swift and Kanye West… like these things, ethical and fashion were considered too opposite to ever go together. But recently, there has been a significant shift, making the oxymoron much less moronic. Will the coronavirus pandemic be the turning point which sees the progress of many years reversed… or the catalyst the global fashion industry needs to innovate and future-proof like never before?
 

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How the Church Saved Sofia from Homelessness

How the Church Saved Sofia from Homelessness

Friday, 22 May 2020 — Compassion International

When Covid-19 hit, single mother Sofia lost her ability to work and was facing homelessness with her three children. A local church was able to give her rent assistance from generous donors like you. Now her family is housed, safe and together.
 

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A Decade in Ethical Fashion

A Decade in Ethical Fashion

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 — Ally Turner

Think back 10 years and picture your wardrobe. Choker chains were back in business, cardigans had moved from your nana’s wardrobe to your own and jeggings were rearing their somewhat questionable head.  While those trends have come and gone, another trend that has been growing over that time has been towards ethics in the fashion industry. On day one of this series, Ally Turner from Baptist World Aid Australia is here to tell us more about what brought about that change... read on!
 

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Church rises to help desperate mother during pandemic

Church rises to help desperate mother during pandemic

Monday, 18 May 2020 — Compassion International

With Josephina’s home in danger of collapsing but no income to pay for repairs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, she received rent support to move her niece to safety.
 

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Quotable kids and their fathers

Quotable kids and their fathers

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 — Compassion International

"Being patient with me, thanks for loving me and supporting me to be a good student. I know sometimes I'm stubborn or strong-headed, but you still love me. Thank you, Dad!"  In sweet, candid interviews, fathers and children share their favourite memories and their hopes and dreams for the future.    

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Innovative Project Director ensures children are safe during Covid-19

Innovative Project Director ensures children are safe during Covid-19

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 — Compassion International

Project Director Martha Tesfaye in Ethiopia proactively looks for ways to support children during the pandemic. Using a network of mothers' groups, she stays updated on children's wellbeing. She has produced hundreds of protective face masks and delivers activity books to keep children entertained and learning. 

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They’re Frustrating, They’re Funny, Who Are They? Your Children!

They’re Frustrating, They’re Funny, Who Are They? Your Children!

Friday, 08 May 2020 — Grace Stanton

Being a Mum can be stressful, challenging, and frustrating. But sometimes your children make you laugh until you cry, say the sweetest things, and actually teach you a lesson or two. In the lead up to Mother’s Day, we wanted to introduce you to some of the most amazing, hard-working Mum’s at Tearfund and their frustrating, funny children. We asked them three questions.

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From extreme hardship to a household full of hope

From extreme hardship to a household full of hope

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 — Compassion International

The financial situation of Cecelia and her husband Joseph from Ghana looked grim. They were both unemployed and their small farm did not supply enough food for them and their four children. But, through generous donors, a Compassion fund, offered them a lifeline. This allowed Cecelia to start a baby diaper and sandal business, providing enough for the family to live off and to open her first savings account.  

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Faith in Agriculture

Faith in Agriculture

Monday, 27 April 2020 — Tim Brown

I have to admit that I am a bit of a city boy, and while very familiar with coffee and local cafes, I have a fairly limited knowledge of agriculture. In November last year, I had the privilege of taking a team to Vanuatu to visit one of our partners called Nasi Tuan. The people of Tanna Island, known for its active Mount Yusar volcano and for being in one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, have been through a lot. We were there to see the work Nasi Tuan is doing with local Ni-Van smallholder farmers, helping them to grow coffee, vanilla and other crops as part of a long term social enterprise project.
 

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From Sponsored Children to fighting Covid-19!

From Sponsored Children to fighting Covid-19!

Thursday, 23 April 2020 — Compassion International

We’re so inspired by all the healthcare workers around the world who are sacrificing to save others. It’s no surprise to us that many of these heroes are graduates of Tearfund’s partners Compassion’s programme! From a young age, they learned that loving and serving others is one of life’s highest callings.

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Resentment – A Deadly Epidemic

Resentment – A Deadly Epidemic

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 — Dale Campbell

In these strange times, the potential for Resentment is high… A lot has changed… Our work arrangements, our bank balances, our domestic rhythms, private spaces… our egos and our hearts are being disturbed and destabilized. We are having to learn to work with colleagues, family members, and flatmates in new and often challenging ways. In this reflection, Dale Campbell (Tearfund NZ) explains how Jesus' teaching on dealing with anger is reflected in the practical spirituality of 12-step recovery.

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Cyprian’s Response to the Epidemic

Cyprian’s Response to the Epidemic

Thursday, 16 April 2020 — Sean du Toit

Christians are no strangers to epidemics. Throughout their history, they have been on the frontline wrestling with the issues and offering practical help and hope to those being affected. The Plague of Cyprian, named after the Bishop of Carthage, swept across the Roman empire in the year 249AD. Cyprian witnessed the devastating effect and loss of life caused by this plague where it was believed that around 5000 people a day were dying. In his treatise, On Mortality, Cyprian discusses the plagues, its characteristics and its effects.

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Resurrection

Resurrection

Sunday, 12 April 2020 — Sean du Toit

“The Lord is risen!”
“He has risen indeed!”
Happy Resurrection Sunday!
 

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Good Friday – Generosity in Truth and Action

Good Friday – Generosity in Truth and Action

Friday, 10 April 2020 — Sean du Toit

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1 John 3:16-18  We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. 17 How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? 18 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
 
 

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Where is God amidst this global pandemic?

Where is God amidst this global pandemic?

Thursday, 09 April 2020 — Sean du Toit

 It’s a question that invites a variety of responses and concerns. This article by Time Magazine offers some helpful pastoral wisdom concerning lament. 

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How to Write Your Sponsored Child in a Time of Crisis

How to Write Your Sponsored Child in a Time of Crisis

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 — Compassion International

As the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the whole world, you might be wondering about the safety and health of the child you sponsor. Maybe you’re longing to communicate with him or her about —how they are doing, and to say you’re praying for them. These are great questions that reveal your heart for children in poverty. That’s why we’d like to give you a few tips on writing letters to your sponsored child during a crisis!

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Covid 19 and Refugees – When Self-Isolation is a Privilege

Covid 19 and Refugees – When Self-Isolation is a Privilege

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 — Victoria Hanna

There are an estimated 1.7 billion people around the world are in isolation today. But what about the people that are unable to self-isolate? The homeless, the unwanted, the refugee. What will happen to them?

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God uses a Compassion initiative to free family from domestic violence

God uses a Compassion initiative to free family from domestic violence

Monday, 06 April 2020 — Compassion International

Eva’s family home in Guatemala was filled with so much abuse and violence that it almost cost her mother’s life. Guatemala has one of the highest rates of violent deaths among women in the world. But a Compassion initiative, that helps to stop domestic violence, transformed their family’s life forever. 
 

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Dear diary: The day I met my sponsored child

Dear diary: The day I met my sponsored child

Monday, 06 April 2020 — Mary Mekhail

Mary and Adel Mekhail sponsor eight children and have previously sponsored 14! Meeting four of their sponsored children in Kenya and Ethiopia was an experience they will never forget. Read about the time they met Erick, who has just graduated high school and is studying to be a mechanic. 

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#7 Self-Control

#7 Self-Control

Monday, 06 April 2020 — Sean du Toit

Last week we looked at digital community. This week I am wrestling with how we can deal with all the elements competing to shape our day-to-day following of Jesus.
 

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Children’s church raises $800 to build piggery for sponsored child’s family

Children’s church raises $800 to build piggery for sponsored child’s family

Monday, 06 April 2020 — Grace Stanton

The children at Raleigh Street Christian Centre each put in a couple of coins a week to sponsor their child Prossy in Uganda. Her parents wanted a piggery, to generate income for their family, but had no money to afford it. So, the kids made pig themed items and sold them to their congregation. It was enough for Prossy’s family to buy two pigs, feed and to build a pen!

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#6 Digital Consumption

#6 Digital Consumption

Sunday, 29 March 2020 — Sean du Toit

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Heb 10:23-25    Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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The Kiwi man pioneering a life-changing post- war dairy project

The Kiwi man pioneering a life-changing post- war dairy project

Saturday, 28 March 2020 — Grace Stanton

After the Sri Lankan war many farming families lost everything. Including their main source of income, rice. Traditionally, locals had only milked their cows for personal use, but Tearfund helped add to their traditional dairy farming knowledge and linked them to a supply chain where they could sell it. Many farmers that were in debt or below the poverty line now have a regular monthly income!

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5 Top Tips for talking to your little kids about Covid-19

5 Top Tips for talking to your little kids about Covid-19

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 — Tearfund New Zealand

Talking to our kids about Covid-19 is an important and delicate thing most Kiwi parents are doing this week. As we all head into lockdown from midnight tonight, our team has scoured the best advice globally and distilled it into the Top 5 tips below for kids under 13. 

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Living with a Pandemic

Living with a Pandemic

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 — Sean du Toit

Help is what we need right now. In times like this, it is easy to focus so much on the problem that we get overwhelmed with the size and complexity of it. We tend to forget that our God is more than able to help and guide us through these troubling times. The psalmist was facing great difficulty, but he knew where help would ultimately be found. Of course we should listen to the government and health officials and take note of best practices to ensure the safety of all. But ultimately, we need to lean on the God who is faithful and able to provide a help that goes beyond what the government and health agencies can do.  

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#5 Rich in Good Deeds

#5 Rich in Good Deeds

Sunday, 22 March 2020 — Sean du Toit

Greetings! Having looked at contentment on our last reflection, we turn our gaze outwards at the opportunities many of us have to be rich in good deeds, to bless and be a blessing. 
 

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#4 Do you consent to be content?

#4 Do you consent to be content?

Monday, 16 March 2020 — Sean du Toit

Last week was tough as we looked at the idea of greed and how that can be destructive in people’s lives. This week we focus on the virtue of contentment.
 

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More Than Just Milk

More Than Just Milk

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 — Grace Stanton

Meet the Waikato dairy farmer that didn’t always want to be a dairy farmer but ended up helping change thousands of lives in northern Sri Lanka through dairy farming.
 

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#3 Take Care!

#3 Take Care!

Monday, 09 March 2020 — Sean du Toit

Having looked at the virtue of gratitude last week, today we look at the vice of greed. It is difficult to have a positive discussion of a vice. So imagine this is leg day at the gym. You know it is going to be tough, but if you do the work, it will pay off and be beneficial later on.
 

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#2 An Attitude of Gratitude

#2 An Attitude of Gratitude

Monday, 02 March 2020 — Sean du Toit

Last week we looked at the creation story and how that can shape us. Now, we begin our reflections on virtue with gratitude, a powerful virtue that shapes our experience of life.

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#1 Creation and Consumption

#1 Creation and Consumption

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 — Sean du Toit

Kia ora whanau. We begin our Lent reflections by going back to the beginning. By understanding the creation story and the trajectory of what God desires, we can understand how important consumption is and how it can be directed towards the flourishing of all.

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Panit

Panit's story of surviving childhood abuse

Thursday, 20 February 2020 — LIFT International

Panit* has a round face and an easy smile. His skin has faded tattoos that a neighbour gave him when he was 10 or 11. After school, he sings in a choral group and even enters competitions. Panit spends perhaps too much time playing video games, staying up late at night, but he goes to church on Sunday and then comes home to do chores. He’s living the life of a typical, busy teenager. Panit is also a survivor of childhood abuse.
 

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“They came suddenly, at night. It was a Friday.”

“They came suddenly, at night. It was a Friday.”

Thursday, 13 February 2020 — Medair

Rahim* always dreamt of becoming a doctor. As a child growing up in a small village in Rakhine State, in western Myanmar, he observed his uncle – a doctor – and decided he wanted to follow in his footsteps. However, Rahim and his family were forced to flee, leaving all their possessions behind due to the Rohingya crisis, and it seemed his dream of becoming a doctor was far from ever coming true.

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The Extreme Jobs Of People Living In Poverty

The Extreme Jobs Of People Living In Poverty

Thursday, 06 February 2020 — Compassion International

Meet four people in Asia who do extreme jobs to feed their families. Though their occupations are harsh, they can teach us the dignity of work and the beauty of sacrificing to care for your loved ones.

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The Boy Trafficked onto the Lake

The Boy Trafficked onto the Lake

Wednesday, 05 February 2020 — Compassion International

Ebenezer was exploited at just 8 years old. He was offered a job to work as a fisherboy on Lake Volta in Ghana. He accepted this offer because he and his grandma were desperate for money. But what he received was not what he was promised.

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One person helped change the lives of three families

One person helped change the lives of three families

Thursday, 23 January 2020 — Grace Stanton

Imagine if you could talk to your child sponsor in their language. Imagine sponsoring not one, but three girls, and meeting them all for the first time after two years of sponsorship. Imagine what it would be like realising how much of an impact you were having on a family. The gratitude, the joy, the peace, and the freedom families experience through one person deciding to care for another young person’s life. This is Ly-Ly’s story.
 

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What it means for a child to be known: Five-year-old cheats death twice

What it means for a child to be known: Five-year-old cheats death twice

Thursday, 16 January 2020 — Caroline Mwinemwesigwa

After escaping death as a child sacrifice, young Amuza from Uganda became a sponsored child through Compassion. His life was saved a second time when Compassion provided assistance with medical treatment for tuberculosis.

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What it means for a child to be known: Soccer, more than a game

What it means for a child to be known: Soccer, more than a game

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 — Isaac Ogila

Growing up was not easy for Ciku. At an early age, her father died, and her mother turned to alcohol to deal with the grief and the stress of having to provide for five children. For Ciku, soccer was more than just a game, it gave her a purpose.  

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My Sponsor Lived Simply, So I Could Simply Live

My Sponsor Lived Simply, So I Could Simply Live

Thursday, 09 January 2020 — Grace Stanton

Former sponsor child, Richmond Wandera’s story is one of heartbreak, loss, healing, hope, and success.

Life started out well for Richmond. He had five siblings and a mother and father who loved him dearly. They were blessed. His father was a hard-working lawyer—the breadwinner for the family. Richmond could go to school and had everything he needed. But all of this changed in an instant.
 

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 #4 Consuming the Future

#4 Consuming the Future

Monday, 23 December 2019 — Sean du Toit

Last week we considered consumption and the planet. Given our responsibility to work and protect the planet, we must carefully consider how our consumption affects creation. This final reflection turns our attention to the future. What kind of world are we creating and leaving for our children?
 

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#3 Consumption and the Planet

#3 Consumption and the Planet

Sunday, 15 December 2019 — Sean du Toit

Last week we noted Jesus’ instruction that we are to love our neighbour. We discovered how our consumption could demonstrate love for neighbour through the supply-chain and by using our power to make wise purchases where people are ultimately honoured. This week we look at how our consumption affects our planet.

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Genesis 2:15 The Lord God placed the human in the Garden of Eden to work in it and protect it.

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#2 Consumption and Our Neighbours

#2 Consumption and Our Neighbours

Monday, 09 December 2019 — Sean du Toit

Last week we considered how our consumption could affect our commitment to Jesus and how Paul encourages Christians to be transformed by the renewing of their minds so that we can discern the will of God. This week we consider how our consumption affects our neighbours, locally and globally. 

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Mark 12:30-31 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your life, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ 

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She has hope for the future

She has hope for the future

Friday, 06 December 2019 — Rosie Paterson-Lima

Chimini got married at the age of 17 as a second wife. Her and her husband have five kids to support. Life was incredibly hard and living was a daily worry. She heard about the opportunity to work abroad, and desperate to support her children, she made arrangements to leave Nepal. She went believing she would receive enough wages to send home to support her family, but she returned with only bitter experiences. Chimini, now 32 years old, is a survivor from exploitation and slavery in the Middle East. Read her story of hopelessness to hopefulness.

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#1 Consumption and Jesus

#1 Consumption and Jesus

Monday, 02 December 2019 — Sean du Toit

This week we begin by reflecting on consumption as it relates to our commitment to God. 

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Romans 12:1-2 I summon you therefore, family, based on the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, which is holy and acceptable to God – which is your logical act of worship. Also, do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of the mind, so that you may discern what the good, acceptable and perfect will of God is.

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Not on my watch! Fighting gender violence as a Child Sponsor

Not on my watch! Fighting gender violence as a Child Sponsor

Friday, 29 November 2019 — Helen Manson

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against woman and girls – something it turns out, I’m quite passionate about as a sponsor of four gorgeous little Ugandan girls, writes Helen Manson, New Zealand humanitarian photographer living in Uganda.
 

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Generational Giving

Generational Giving

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 — Olga Oosthuizen

Creating a Legacy of Gratitude and Generosity

When Evan and Rach asked their daughter AJ why their family sponsored a child, her response was simple but spot-on; "because we can!"

At first, this sort of wisdom from one so young seems unexpectedly profound; but when you’ve grown up in a family centred on giving, it makes sense. For AJ, there has never been a time when, Mary her family's sponsor child from Ecuador, hasn't been a part of her life. "She thinks of her like a cousin who lives overseas," said her mother Rach, "someone who has always been there, but we've gotten to know through letters."

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How to Write a Great Christmas Letter to Your Sponsored Child

How to Write a Great Christmas Letter to Your Sponsored Child

Thursday, 17 October 2019 — Ellyse McCallum

It’s that exciting time of year again: time to write a Christmas message to your sponsored child! Before the panic sets in over what to say, here are three helpful suggestions on what to include in your Christmas letter.

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What a Tearfund Supporter Looks Like

What a Tearfund Supporter Looks Like

Thursday, 10 October 2019 — Olga Oosthuizen

There are some people who help to change a child's life every month. A child who is not their own and who, often, they have never met. These people give a little of what they earn to provide this child with an education, food, and a chance to enjoy childhood without worrying about poverty. So, who are these people? Well, they aren't celebrities or altruistic millionaires. They don't hold high positions of power. In fact, they're people just like you and me.

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The Experience Our Family Will Never Forget

The Experience Our Family Will Never Forget

Monday, 30 September 2019 — Tina Bargh

When my family and I made the decision to go to Uganda on a “mission’s exploration” trip we had a limited idea of what we were letting ourselves in for. For instance, we knew we were in for a looooong flight, some food we weren’t used to and being conscious of the needs of our fellow travellers.

We did not know that, despite sponsoring children for many years as a family, we would realise how vital and life-changing child sponsorship is.

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What It

What It's Actually Like In A Vietnamese Factory

Thursday, 15 August 2019 — Annie Hollister-Jones

A few months ago I hopped on a plane and headed to Vietnam. The aim was to get a real world look into the fashion industry, and I was sure I’d be exposed to a generous dose of the grim realities that garment workers face every day.

I wanted to get a good feel of how things were run, and even try to get a glimpse of how workers felt about their jobs and how they were treated. I don’t know what I expected to find or experience but I was determined to go in there with my eyes wide open.

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Breaking The Culture Of Silence In Fiji

Breaking The Culture Of Silence In Fiji

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 — Lynnie Roche

In Fiji, almost half of the women who experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime have never told anyone about the violence.

The culture of silence keeps forced sex hidden and the cycles of abuse continuous. At Homes of Hope, we have a driving passion to create a culture of freedom for single young girls, young women and their children. Our partner's founder, Lynnie Roche, is here to unpack this for you.

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11 Questions With Ian McInnes

11 Questions With Ian McInnes

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 — Ian McInnes

Tearfund NZ's CEO shares what event in history he'd most like to see, what he's grateful for and most proud of, and what 'Faith in Action' means to him.

"For me, faith is as practical as it is relational or theoretical. Those elements were not divisible in Jesus’ ministry and neither should they be in ours..." Read on to hear more from Ian!

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What I Learnt About Hope On My Sponsor Visit

What I Learnt About Hope On My Sponsor Visit

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 — Victoria Hanna

At the end of last month, I had the privilege of travelling with one of the Pastors and an Elder from EastGate Church in East Auckland. We went to visit their Compassion sponsor children and to see the projects connected to the local churches in Kupang, Indonesia.

As a Tearfund employee, and a child sponsor, it was really encouraging to see the work first hand and the hope that is changing children's lives throughout Compassion projects.

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How Coffee Kick-Starts Community Change

How Coffee Kick-Starts Community Change

Thursday, 01 August 2019 — Sophie Rice

Earlier this year, I had the huge pleasure of joining Jeffrey Lahva, the Director of our local partner, Nasi Tuan, on his first visit to the Mojo Roastery in Wellington. Nasi Tuan is a co-operative made up of 600 indigenous farmers on Tanna Island, Vanuatu, who export green beans to New Zealand specialty coffee roasters, like Mojo and Supreme.

As a self-proclaimed coffee addict, I was already pretty excited about this trip! But I came away absolutely buzzing, having seen the impact that quality coffee and sustainable partnerships, like Mojo and Nasi Tuan’s, can make to kick-start communities recovering from a disaster.

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The Moment Paul & Linda Met Violet

The Moment Paul & Linda Met Violet

Thursday, 25 July 2019 — Helen Manson

For 11 years, fourteen-year-old Violet’s photograph has sat amongst pictures of Paul and Linda’s three daughters and eight grandchildren. For 11 years, she’s been in their prayers and on their hearts despite them never meeting.

Until this moment.

Join Paul and Linda as they fly to Uganda to meet their sponsored child for the first time.

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How can you truly help the poor?

How can you truly help the poor?

Friday, 12 July 2019 — Keith Ramsay

The Church’s mission should be to help the poor and the desolate. But the definition of poverty will change depending on who is defining it. The poor may define it through the psychological and social lens while churches in higher income countries are more likely to focus on the lack of material things. Depending on who defines poverty, it can create and reinforce issues of paternalism in Western churches where outside workers provide the "only" answer. The causes of poverty are complex and sometimes people come up with ‘great ideas’ to make life a little easier for those living in poverty. However, they can cause more harm than good if they are not thought through carefully.

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The First Hello

The First Hello

Friday, 28 June 2019 — Helen Manson

For the last 15 months of my life, I’ve been following the stories of three Ugandan Mums from pregnancy to the first birthday in a photo journalism assignment I’ve called, The First Hello.

The idea came about because Tearfund's local partner, Compassion, had recently launched a “Survival” programme that comes alongside mothers in developing countries in the first five years of a child’s life. Traditionally, child sponsorship has always started at 5. However, it became clear that a reasonable portion of kids were not even making it to 5! The Survival project intervenes from the early stages of pregnancy to ensure vulnerable mothers are being given the correct nutrition, the right medical care and the support of the local church to help them on the other end. This assignment was my attempt to bring that to life.

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Gardening below 0°C

Gardening below 0°C

Friday, 21 June 2019 — Sophie Rice

It’s officially the middle of winter! As we crank out our hot wheat bags, boil up mass supplies of soup, and clock-up on Netflix viewing time from our warm beds, I have recently come to know that it is utterly tropical here compared to winter in Mongolia, where we’re teaching nomadic herder communities to garden amidst the brutal conditions.

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Sponsored Kids Share What They Love Most About You

Sponsored Kids Share What They Love Most About You

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 — Laura Brookes

"Dear sponsor, you mean so much to me because…"

For the children in our program, sponsorship means they are cared for in life-changing ways. But behind the tutoring, medical care, meals or nutritious snacks they receive through our local church partners, there are also staff and supporters like you who invest in their lives, building their self-esteem and encouraging their dreams.

Through your generosity and letter writing, you are giving children a hope more powerful than poverty. How do we know? The children say so!

Hear what these children have to say about what they love most about their sponsors.

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No more hiding: Being a brand in the age of transparency

No more hiding: Being a brand in the age of transparency

Monday, 20 May 2019 — Annie Hollister-Jones

It’s not enough not to know anymore. In fact, it’s not even enough to know, but not share.

On 24 April, 2013, the eight-story Rana Plaza building housing several garment factories was reduced to rubble. This factory was situated in Savar, 24 kilometers outside Dhaka, and collapsed due to structural failure. When owners first discovered these cracks in the building, garment workers were ordered to return to work despite the danger, and sadly, many paid for this with their lives. The collapse of Rana Plaza led to the death of at least 1,132 people and injured more than 2,500.

Annie from the Ethical Fashion Guide team is here to explain how transparency has become the new currency of trust in the fashion industry, and how companies have improved since the Rana Plaza disaster.

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A Biblical Lens on Mozambique

A Biblical Lens on Mozambique

Friday, 17 May 2019 — Sean du Toit

When disasters like the Mozambique cyclones strike, we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and disheartened by the scale of human suffering. Our Restore cause is based on the biblical belief that we are called to respond with compassion to those in need and that we have a duty to seek 'shalom' in this world. Often, this can seem like a discouraging and overwhelming mission – but we believe that we are called to work towards the redemption of this world here and now. We also believe that ultimately, we will see redemption completed through Jesus.

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A Celebration of Humanity

A Celebration of Humanity

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 — Helen Manson

To celebrate Mothers Day, Tearfund partnered with award winning humanitarian photographer Helen Manson to share stories of remarkable mothers around the world. This May 19-26, Helen will be taking people behind the lens and onto the front lines of some of our world’s most challenging places through a nationwide photography and speaking tour called ‘A Celebration of Humanity’.

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Ethical Fashion Guide 2019. Tearfund

Ethical Fashion Guide 2019. Tearfund's Official Media Release

Monday, 08 April 2019 — Claire Hart

Check out our official Ethical Fashion Guide 2019 Media Release:

TEARFUND ETHICAL FASHION REPORT: SOME NZ COMPANIES LEAD THE CHARGE WHILE OTHERS FALL BEHIND

An ethical fashion report launched today by Tearfund New Zealand shows some Kiwi companies are leading the charge in ethical fashion, with top performers such as Icebreaker and Kowtow outranking global brands. However, it’s not all good news for New Zealand fashion, with a high number of NZ companies also represented in the D and F grades.

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Does Tearfund discriminate when helping people in need?

Does Tearfund discriminate when helping people in need?

Thursday, 28 March 2019 — John Watson

Imagine this scenario: You’re handing out food baskets to refugees fleeing a conflict. There are women, children, and men asking for help, including several from the local population who aren’t refugees. Several wounded fighters are asking for help including those from a terrorist group and those from an oppressive military regime largely responsible for creating refugees. You don’t have enough aid to provide to everyone. So, who do you give it to, and in which order? Find out in John's blog.

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#3 Consumption and the Planet

#3 Consumption and the Planet

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 — Anastasia Ramenska

Last week we noted Jesus’ instruction that we are to love our neighbour. We discovered how our consumption could demonstrate love for neighbour through the supply-chain and by using our power to make wise purchases where people are ultimately honoured. This week we look at how our consumption affects our planet.  

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Genesis 2:15 The Lord God placed the human in the Garden of Eden to work in it and protect it.

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#4 Consuming the Future

#4 Consuming the Future

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 — Anastasia Ramenska

Last week we considered consumption and the planet. Given our responsibility to work and protect the planet, we must carefully consider how our consumption affects creation. This final reflection turns our attention to the future. What kind of world are we creating and leaving for our children?  

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Revelation 21:1-4 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; 4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.’

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Christchurch Response

Christchurch Response

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 — Ian McInnes

Friday, March 15, will be marked as one of New Zealand’s darkest days, in the wake of the heartless terrorist act which killed 50 people and left many others injured.

As an organisation, Tearfund works alongside people of all ethnicities and religions affected by tragedy and violent conflict overseas. We are devastated that this act of premeditated evil happened on our own soil, and strongly reject any ideology which advocates or condones such violence.

We stand in solidarity with our Muslim community and share in their pain.

You can help support Tearfund’s work with refugee families and churches in Christchurch affected by the tragedy.

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A Celebration of Women From Around the World

A Celebration of Women From Around the World

Thursday, 07 March 2019 — Sophie Rice

On International Women’s Day, we’re taking our hats off to some of the incredible women we partner with from around the world to see lives set free by the power of Jesus.

Around 25 million people are enslaved in forced labour exploitation right now. Of this, 4.8 million—the population of New Zealand—are trapped in forced commercial sexual exploitation.
99% of these are women and girls.

Here are three stories from three inspirational women from Nepal, Thailand and here in NZ who are seeking justice and freedom from trafficking and exploitation all over the world.

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The Day I Met My Sponsor Children

The Day I Met My Sponsor Children

Friday, 15 February 2019 — Rachel Jenkins

After spending time with the Mwangaza Children’s choir last year, our staff member, Rachel, had the idea to sponsor a child deeply placed on her heart. “Enter into my life Joy and Leticia, my two beautiful girls from Uganda, and the beginning of an amazing and humbling sponsorship journey that took me to visit them!" Here's a glimpse of her life-changing trip.

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Can Charity Alone Tackle Poverty?

Can Charity Alone Tackle Poverty?

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 — Keith Ramsay

I have been thinking about the word ‘charity’. The dictionary states that charity is the “voluntary giving of help to those in need”. It’s a good thing to do, but as followers of Christ, the voluntary aspect of charity causes me some problem.

It is true that God gives us free will to do whatever we want with what he has given us—gifts, talents, a privileged position in the world, but what does he expect us to do with these things? Is helping the poor optional?

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A Day in the Life of a Programmes Specialist

A Day in the Life of a Programmes Specialist

Tuesday, 08 January 2019 — Joanne Wieland

Join me for a few days in the life of a devkid (aka Tearfund Development Specialist). A role that is different each day, where connections are made across oceans and learning goes both ways. A few days visiting those who are running the projects that Tearfund supports, doing what they do best, bringing care and change to local communities.

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Why should I help people overseas when people in NZ need help? 

Why should I help people overseas when people in NZ need help? 

Monday, 17 December 2018 — John Watson

This is a question we’re asked most around the holiday season and it’s a worthy one because there are people in need in New Zealand and they should absolutely be helped.

As Christians we see it as ‘both’ rather than ‘either or’ when it comes to giving.

Jesus asks us to love our neighbour, and in the parable of the Good Samaritan he demonstrates that our neighbour is anyone in need, regardless of boundaries and barriers.

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How do you grasp hope in the midst of a disaster?

How do you grasp hope in the midst of a disaster?

Thursday, 13 December 2018 — Sophie Rice

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.

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Do you actually send goats? Gift for Life Q&A

Do you actually send goats? Gift for Life Q&A

Friday, 07 December 2018 — Laura Brookes

Every year without fail, we're asked a bunch of honest, raw and sometimes downright hilarious questions about Gift for Life — our catalogue filled with unique and meaningful gifts that can be purchased for someone in the developing world. But there’s one question that comes up repeatedly. Do we actually send goats from New Zealand to families overseas? Read on to find out!

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The Lebanese Church shining a light in the darkness

The Lebanese Church shining a light in the darkness

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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The Lebanese Church shining a light in the darkness

The Lebanese Church shining a light in the darkness

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 — Anastasia Ramenska

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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The Man I

The Man I'll Never Forget

Friday, 16 November 2018 — Anastasia Ramenska

You know how you can meet some people and they can have such a profound impact on you that you just know you’ll never forget them? I had one of those experiences when I was in Lebanon recently with a man called Bassam. Pastor Bassam's heart breaks for his former enemies, Syrian refugees. This is his story.

 

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The Man I

The Man I'll Never Forget

Friday, 16 November 2018 — Helen Manson

You know how you can meet some people and they can have such a profound impact on you that you just know you’ll never forget them? I had one of those experiences when I was in Lebanon recently with a man called Bassam. Pastor Bassam's heart breaks for his former enemies, Syrian refugees. This is his story.

 

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Your Top 6 Questions Answered on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Your Top 6 Questions Answered on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

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

For us in New Zealand, disasters are not nearly as frequent as they are in low-income countries and the people Tearfund works with are much more vulnerable in disasters than New Zealanders, as they don’t have the same resources to reduce their risk or to cope with the aftermath. So what is Disaster Risk Reduction? And what difference can it really make? Read on to find out the power of DRR!

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International Youth Day #SafeSpaces4Youth

International Youth Day #SafeSpaces4Youth

Friday, 10 August 2018 — Rosie Paterson-Lima

On International #YouthDay, our Programmes Specialist, Rosie, reflects on her own upbringing and celebrates the positive change young people in tough places can make, in the spirit of this year's United Nations theme #SafeSpaces4Youth.

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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Eating is a Justice Issue

Eating is a Justice Issue

Thursday, 12 July 2018 — Murray Sheard

What has food got to do with faith and justice? Lots, it turns out. We take food for granted, yet eating represents one of our most powerful engagement with the natural world. It remakes the physical landscape, determines how we use land, and defines core components of our lifestyle. How we source our food has a profound effect on global justice, carbon emissions, and hunger prevention.

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Interview with Safia Minney, Ethical Fashion Expert

Interview with Safia Minney, Ethical Fashion Expert

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 — Claire Hart

We recently sat down to chat with Safia Minney, the founder of the pioneering ethical fashion brand People Tree, which was the first Fairtrade certified fashion brand.

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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