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Thanking God for Tearfund Ireland’s first 10 years…

Thanking God for Tearfund Ireland’s first 10 years… – 12 Jul 2018

Ten years ago, as we answered God’s call and launched Tearfund Ireland, we set our focus on helping the world’s most vulnerable, isolated and broken people, in the hardest to reach places. We have a lot to be thankful for. We’ve been able to directly support more than 680,000 people in the 23 emergencies we’ve responded to. We’ve mobilised and supported nearly 9,000 churches in poor communities, supported more than 3,000 families, helped 15,803 women out of prostitution and help protect 5,191 children from being trafficked.

There are too many places to list – but the ripples of transformation have answered the call of communities facing emergencies in Syria, the Philippines, South Sudan, Nepal, Haiti, The Central African Republic, Yemen, Pakistan, Iraq, Vanuatu, the East and North Africa food crises, and the Ebola crisis. From our anti-trafficking work in Cambodia to our alternative care for orphans in Zimbabwe; from our projects helping women leaving prostitution in India, to our skills training for women in Uganda; from our Self Help Group programme empowering Ethiopian women to use their own God-given potential, to our Mother Buddies work changing the future for women living with HIV in Malawi: our impact and reach has exceeded our size.

And we thank God and we thank you our supporters for standing with us to demonstrate generosity, active compassion and hope in the face of very hopeless situations. Thank you!

We will be marking this milestone year in the Autumn at a special service with RTÉ which will be broadcast on October 28th. If you don’t already receive email updates from us, sign up now so we can keep you up to date with the celebrations and journey with us as we embark on a new decade of service to the world’s most forgotten people.

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Syria - Broken dreams can be restored

Syria - Broken dreams can be restored – 6 Mar 2018

The war in Syria is about to reach another terrible milestone as it enters into its 8th year of war and violence. The reports from Syria seem to be getting worse and worse but there is some hope in the midst of much darkness.

Tearfund Ireland is responding to this crisis through our partners in Lebanon, which you can read more about below. Halla is one young girl who having been forced to leave her home is benefiting from the tireless efforts of our partners.

Halla left everything she knew and loved when she was forced to flee the violence in Syria with her family and cross into Lebanon.

‘All of Syria is beautiful. I miss it,’ she says, ‘There we had electricity, water and schools. I miss my friends. We used to play jumping ropes and sit around and talk. Mostly I miss my grandparents’ house. They’d give me sugar and tea. The war in Syria means everyone is separated from each other.’

When the shells, bombs and gunfire came closer, families like Halla’s had no choice – they had to run or risk being killed. Halla’s whole world was suddenly taken from her and the frightening noise of bullets, bombs and homes collapsing is not easily forgotten. Each one of the one and a half million forced to flee to Lebanon need trauma support for what they’ve suffered, including children like Halla.

However, the tragedy of her circumstances has not stopped Halla from dreaming of a better future. ‘I want to be an English teacher,’ she tells us. ‘Right now, I go to school at the local church,’ but then she adds, sadly, ‘this might be the last year I am in school though, as this is the oldest age they accept people.’

For a young girl like Halla, education is vitally important. Without it, she could become one of the countless girls to have a future forced on her: married off too young, pregnant before she’s ready, and then trapped, with her own children, in even deeper poverty.

This is why Tearfund Ireland is determined to meet the most urgent needs, including education.

In Lebanon, we are working with a partner, Middle East Revive and Thrive (MERATH), led by Pastor Marcel. So far, Tearfund Ireland has contributed to providing:

• Tent schools’ for over 1,000 Syrian refugee children, as well as safe spaces to play and receive support for the trauma they carry
• Three-day training, as well as and education workshops for Child Protection Champions
• Food through vouchers, as well as milk and nappies
• 120 medical kits already distributed to families, and a medical centre serving people in need
• Basic training on saving funds and sewing for small businesses.

We also advocate to the EU and UN to ensure that children like Halla who have been forced from their homes and countries have access to quality education in the host countries they now live in.

A mum named Cedra who lost her father and son as her family fled, explains what the support means to her.

‘They’ve provided for our basic needs, including food and fuel for the winter. They’ve helped get my girls back in school. That’s when things really changed for the better. They are learning again, more aware of everything around them, and they’re better emotionally too.’

Join with us as we help vulnerable children like Halla to go after their dreams. We don’t give up, even in the direst of circumstances, and we will support Halla to never give up on her hopes of becoming a
teacher.

Send a gift and help children around the world, just as vulnerable as Halla, not only to survive, but to truly thrive.

Photo: A young mum who fled the violence in Syria. Helen Manson, Lebanon.

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New exciting Job Opportunity at Tearfund Ireland

New exciting Job Opportunity at Tearfund Ireland – 25 Jan 2018

Lead the charge and raise €1million!

As Tearfund Ireland celebrates 10 years, it launches its €1million campaign to release more people and communities out of poverty, exploitation, and suffering.

We are seeking someone with the requisite skills and experience, highly motivated to join us and lead the way in cultivating a community of supporters from across various spheres of life

An additional €1million will make the world of difference – it will enable us to release even greater numbers of people and whole families out of poverty, for good! It will protect against child trafficking, send more children to school, support orphaned children and respond to more disasters and wars.

Do you know what I want? I want justice, oceans of it. I want fairness, rivers of it. That’s what I want, that’s all I want. Amos 5:24(MSG)

Are you interested? Do you believe you have the skills to spearhead this campaign and significantly increase new support and partnerships?

If your answer is ‘Yes’, then please send your Curriculum Vitae with a cover letter telling us why you should lead our €1million campaign. Apply to Sharan Kelly, CEO at enquiries@tearfund.ie by 9th February 2018

Help us celebrate 10 years of Tearfund Ireland by releasing more people out of poverty!

We are Christianspassionate about the local church bringing justice and transforming lives – overcoming global poverty. Since our launch in 2008 Tearfund Ireland has grown rapidly and is working in twelve countries. We are supported by a wide network of churches and by the Irish government. We believe in maintaining the highest standard of professionalism throughout our work

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We need your help…And your coffee making skills!

We need your help…And your coffee making skills! – 22 Jan 2018

Are you looking for a reason to invite your friends and neighbours around for coffee?

We would love your help in making Wednesday February 21st the biggest Tearfund Ireland coffee morning ever – can you help?

Would you be willing to host a coffee morning in your home, place of work or church?

Our goal is to lift 1,000 people out of poverty through our Self Help Groups in Ethiopia so we need all the help we can get. Our friends in Spirit Radio are helping us. They are giving us the airwaves from 10am – 12pm that morning, so we’ll be doing interviews with supporters who are hosting coffee mornings, hearing stories of transformation from people who already have been lifted out of poverty and doing competitions live on air all with the goal of raising as much funds as possible.

Please get in touch with us f you think you can help in any way. Email niamh.daly@tearfund.ie or call the office on 01 8783200

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Love, Loss and new Life in Lebanon

Love, Loss and new Life in Lebanon – 21 Nov 2017

Cedra is one of the 2 million refugees who make up almost a third of Lebanon’s population today. She’s also one of thousands of people being helped by our partner, MERATH. Cedra’s situation threatens to
reduce her to a statistic, but her painful story is a strong shout of protest against anonymity…

“Before the war, my life in Syria was very stable. I was married with three children, two girls and a boy. I felt like I owned the whole world. We had a large piece of land and big trucks. We worked hard for our house and fixed everything in it. Then the war came. I felt very scared for my children. We used to have to run from house to house.

One day, at 6am, we heard that ISIS where coming to our neighbourhood. I took my three children and my cousin’s daughter and left the house. Snipers started shooting at me as we ran. I was holding my son across my chest and my daughters by the hand. I was eight months’ pregnant at the time.

The bullet went through my son’s shoulder to his heart. There is nothing I could ever say to explain that moment. My cousin’s daughter was also killed. My father came to get us and rushed us to the hospital. But, by the time we got there, my son was dead. My father went back to our home and we’ve never heard from him again. He is probably dead too. In 30 minutes I lost my son, my father and my cousin’s daughter.

I heard later that ISIS took our land. They stole or burnt everything; they’ve also taken our trucks and tractors. They put a notice on our property saying, ‘This land belongs to ISIS.’ They bombed our house too. There’s only rubble left. Even the pickles I had made for the winter…all of it is gone.

When I came to Lebanon three-and-a-half years ago, I felt very lost. We came in winter when it was snowing. My husband helped us find a tent to share with other families and he’s now working in Syria so we can afford the rent. Now, I have five daughters. When I first met the local pastor, I was very depressed. I just wanted to feel good inside and thought that was more important than anything else – even our finances. I started attending the church and felt loved. My personality began to change and the depression went away. If I could come every day, I would. One day, I believe I will see my son in
heaven: that’s what keeps me going. The church gave me this hope.

It’s really difficult here. I wish I had my own tent. We are living with relatives and friends, and I find it hard to raise the kids with all those other people. My kids often ask me
if they can go to a park or somewhere to play. In Syria, I could let them play on our land: here, we live near a road.

I’ve suffered a lot but the church has made things easier. They’ve provided for our basic needs and given me fuel for the winter and food when we need it. They’ve also helped get my girls back in school. That’s when things really changed for the better. They are learning again, more aware of everything around them, and they’re better emotionally too.

My dream is to go back to Syria, to live a stable life with my husband and our daughters in one home. And I want my girls to learn how to love and respect others.”

Please follow this link to support our life-saving work.

Story told to Niamh Daly through Integral Alliance.
Photo: Our local partner MERATH (Middle East Revive and Thrive) in Lebanon is giving children in Lebanon access to non-formal education and safe spaces to play. Credit: Helen Manson

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Strictly Tearfund Ireland 2017

Strictly Tearfund Ireland 2017 – 19 Oct 2017

Strictly Tearfund Ireland 2017 is taking place on Sunday October 29th in the Crown Plaza Hotel, Northwood, Santry! And we would love you to come along and support all of our wonderful dancers!

Tickets are €20 each! It will be a wonderful evening for family and friends to enjoy and most of all – the money raised goes to continuing the work of Tearfund Ireland. We are passionate about seeing people lifted out of poverty but we cannot do what we do without the support of people here in Ireland.

To buy your ticket or to support one of our talented dancers- call the office on 01 878 3200 or email niamh.daly@tearfund.ie

Come join us for Strictly Come Dancing Tearfund Ireland style!

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