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Families not orphanages

At Tearfund Ireland we don’t usually support orphanages because our experience has shown us that they are not the most beneficial way to help children. Even the best orphanages cannot replace the individual love and care that children need from a family-environment and at worst orphanages can become places of abuse and neglect. By providing a low level of support we have found that foster families can be found and these children can grow up in safe and happy environment. The main reasons we do not support orphanages can be found below. Read the Families Not Orphanages Report and Putting Child Protection and Family care at the heart of EU External Action to learn more.

  1. Psychosocial impact – Children in residential care demonstrate a significantly increased level of social maladjustment, aggression, attention demanding behaviour, sleep disturbance, extremes of over-affection or repelling affection, social immaturity and tendency to depression. Many of these difficulties result from the lack of availability of appropriate, nurturing, stable “mother substitutes” in residential care.
  2. Physical impact – Studies have shown that children can develop medical and psychological abnormalities arising from institutionalization in residential care facilities such as orphanages and children’s homes. These include physical and brain growth deficiencies, cognitive problems, speech and language delays, sensory integration difficulties, social and behavioural abnormalities, difficulties with inattention/hyperactivity, disturbances of attachment, and a syndrome that mimics autism.
  3. Lack of sustainability – From an economic perspective, the cost of supporting a child in residential care is about twelve times the cost of support in a community based care program. Since orphan numbers continue to grow rapidly and outstrip available resources, residential care is not considered a viable option for caring for the majority of orphans in the developing world. The UN points out that, “orphanages for 14 million orphans simply cannot be built and sustained”.
  4. Disconnectedness – In the community, children are able to stay together with their siblings (a tremendous source of solace and support) and maintain a sense of connectedness with their extended family, their neighbours, their childhood friends, their culture, their heritage and their land. Children taken out of their communities are raised in situations which do not prepare them for life as an adult. Residential care does not prepare orphans for adulthood in the community.
  5. Abuse – Children in residential care may be subject to physical, sexual or emotional abuse by staff or older children, and in the majority of developing countries there are no established child protection services to ensure a child’s safety or prevent future abuse to other children. These cases are increasingly coming to light in the West and there is no reason to believe that they may not be just as widespread in the developing world.
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Inside Out

Inside Out is a six week course produced by Tearfund, Evangelical Alliance and Livability to equip churches and small groups to integrate their words and actions to help bring change to their communities locally and globally.

The course is designed to enable groups to explore just how big God’s mission is and discover what part we each have to play within it. It is called Inside Out because we believe the key to changing our communities is found in allowing ourselves to be transformed. As we allow God to change us on the inside, external change can’t be far off. We believe God is in the business of partnership and that Inside Out is a great way of making ourselves available to be used by our Father as individuals and congregations.

You will find teaching from a range of top speakers and practitioners such as Tom Wright, Elaine Storkey, Tim Keller, Mark Melluish, Chris Wright, Celia Apeagyei-Collins, Shane Claiborne, Jim Wallis, Al Gordon, J John, Pete Greig and Mark Greene, as well as a range of inspiring stories and case studies.

What you need to run the course:

You will need to purchase a copy of the DVD – this contains the majority of the teaching films and case studies and is available from the Tearfund Ireland office; price €15. For more information contact mailto:emma.lynch@tearfund.ie or contact the office.

‘Serve one another in love’ Galatians 5:13

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Discovery is a practical process that helps your church become a transforming influence within your community.

It is a step-by-step training and development tool designed to envision, equip and prepare churches for community engagement. It builds on the successful approach Tearfund uses in poorer communities in the developing world.

Discovery helps your church to:

  • Learn and explore how your church can make a difference in your community.
  • Reflect on what the Bible says about meeting the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable people.
  • Build confidence as a team, discover new skills and share experiences.

Engaging with Discovery

The process is supported by experienced church in the community Facilitators who have led and equipped churches to engage effectively with their local community. An experienced facilitator spends time with churches to discuss and assess how best to manage the process, including costs, training and ongoing support.

The Discovery Process

Discovery brings together biblical insights, training tools and Tearfund’s experience in helping churches respond to needs in their community. Discovery tool kits guide a core group through a creative and accessible training and development process.

Within the process churches learn to identify:

  • their gifts
  • their talents and
  • the needs in the community

Discovery helps churches to develop the capacity to address problems unique to a church’s community and culture. It teaches how to research, develop, grow and monitor a project and is designed to be fun and hands-on.

Practical Action

Once your church group has completed Discovery, they will be confident and skilled to put what they have learned into action. The pack is bursting with ideas on how to be relevant in your community.

For more information contact emma.lynch@tearfund.ie or contact the office.

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Just People? Course for Youth Groups and Students

Our justice and discipleship course will help you and your youth group make sense of faith and life in response to global poverty. What can we actually do to change things? And how does that fit with an everyday life that is trying to follow Jesus? Just People? explores these questions with your group and begins to join the dots between our discipleship and our mission; our faith and our action.

The youth course is six weeks; the student course is four. Inside you’ll find two leaders’ guides one for each course and a DVD with all the clips for each session.

Contact the Tearfund office for more information or to order a pack mailto:enquries@tearfund.ie or phone 01-8783200.image

No Child Taken

This Autumn our focus is on stopping trafficking for children, through prevention and aftercare in countries were children are most vulnerable.

For more general information on this campaign follow this link

This October we are having a Walk for Hope up Bray Head where people can come together to walk in solidarity with people who are victims of trafficking as well as raising some money for our No Child Taken Campaign. Find below a poster and a sponsorship card.

Resources for Churches

Praying for the Middle East and South Sudan

As the conflicts in Iraq and the wider Middle East continue to dominate the headlines, we urgently pray for those affected by the violence. We lift up the people of Gaza, Syria and Iraq.

Click here to download a prayer power point for the Middle East

Fighting erupted in South Sudan at the end of 2013, between forces loyal to President Salva Kirr, who belongs to the Dinka ethnic group and former Deputy President Riek Machar who belongs to the Lou Nuer. So far the conflict has led to 1.5 million people fleeing their homes, of which 386,000 have left the country for neighbouring nations.

Click here to download a prayer power point for South Sudan that can be used by churches, groups or individuals.

Please do join us in prayer for all of these situations and the many people suffering across the globe as a result of violence and conflict.

Follow this link for a prayer for troubled times.

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