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Don’t let Syria down

Don’t let Syria down – 23 Jun 2013

Some 1.8 million Syrians have fled their country as the conflict at home escalates.

Many have been forced to leave everything behind. They have no income, no healthcare and no certainty over what lies ahead.

Tearfund’s partners are working to help people find food and shelter. Our partners are providing blankets, mattresses and wood burning stoves to help people survive the harsh winter. Eventually, we hope to help them return to their homes.

Please join us to pray for peace in Syria. Please also sign our petition now. We’ll deliver this petition to President Putin and President Obama, calling on them to work with all parties to the conflict to make the peace talks a success.

Do you know that 1 in 8 people go to bed hungry every day?

Do you know that 1 in 8 people go to bed hungry every day? – 11 Jun 2013

The G8 summit in Fermanagh next week is the focus of attention for this campaign. The most powerful countries in the world are being asked to take big steps towards ending hunger.
Tax transparency, supporting poor families to grow their own food and giving people more control over their own land are the main points that the IF campaign are addressing.
Watch this short clip to understand IF Campaign a bit more.

Please pray for the G8 leaders: Stephen Harper, François Hollande, Angela Merkel, Yoshihiko Noda, Vladimir Putin, David Cameron, Barack Obama and Taoiseach Enda Kenny (representative of the European Union) as they seek solutions to global problems. Pray for attitudes of humility and servant-heartedness which put the needs of others before personal ambition. Pray for boldness to set righteous and compassionate policies in place for our world. Pray for the many aides and advisors who will provide the information required to make informed decisions.

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Thank you to over 40 wonderful Tearfund ladies who participated in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon.

Thank you to over 40 wonderful Tearfund ladies who participated in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon. – 4 Jun 2013

Over 40 women raised funds for our projects in Haiti and Malawi. The heat and the sun didn’t stop our committed ladies and we are really grateful to all our fantastic supporters well done!

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the day.

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Syria still needs our prayers and support

Syria still needs our prayers and support – 30 May 2013

As many of you will have seen on the news, the situation in Syria is now worse than anyone expected. It is estimated that over a third of Syrians have been affected by the civil war. One million have fled the country and three million have been displaced from their homes. Russia has started delivering the missile system to the Syrian government despite Western objections.

Please help us pray for peace in Syria: Copy of our prayer resource for Syria

If you can, please donate to our Syria Crisis Appeal

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister of State Joe Costello ‘got on board’.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister of State Joe Costello ‘got on board’. – 29 May 2013

Irish Aid support the work of Tearfund in Malawi and Myanmar. In Malawi, Tearfund’s programme helps prevent the spread of HIV to newborn babies from HIV infected mothers. Working alongside the local church, Tearfund trains and equips volunteers to become ‘mother buddies’ to young mothers. These mother buddies ensure that the pregnant moms receive the medication and care needed during their pregnancy, sometimes bringing them to the local health centre on bicycle ambulances! Thanks to this programme and the support of Irish Aid, baby Jesse see below was born HIV free to HIV infected parents late last year – a little miracle!

Baby Jesse bicycle ambulance

In Myanmar, Irish Aid supports the rebuilding of livelihoods, improved food security and the reduction in the impact of future disasters for 31 conflict-affected communities in Mon State through local church and community based organisations.

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30 year old woman from Syria mourns for her country

30 year old woman from Syria mourns for her country – 28 Mar 2013

Not a day goes by when Mariam doesn’t mourn for her beleaguered country.

The 30-year-old fled to Jordan from Syria nearly two years ago and now lives in a tent her brother made from scraps of material other people have thrown away.

‘Every morning I wake up and grieve,’ she says. ‘I cry over the ruins of my country.

‘We fled to Jordan because we had nothing to lose in Syria but our souls. Everything at home was destroyed and burned down. The whole situation was intolerable.

‘We had snipers everywhere, at every corner. We needed to survive, to seek a safe haven, so we travelled to Jordan.’

Mariam escaped among a group of 20-30 other refugees, taking 13 hours to leave Syria. She now lives with her brother and his wife in extremely basic conditions.

Million refugees and counting

Her passion to return home remains undiminished: ‘I hope to go back to Syria but it’s going to be many years before we can go back.

‘I learn about the situation in Syria from what people tell me. It is difficult to find out what’s happening there. I just want to go home and live in peace.’

Tearfund partners are helping thousands of refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, providing them with essentials such as blankets and wood burning stoves.

But the need for help is growing as more than a million people have now fled Syria and that figure could treble by the end of the year, according to the UN.

To help people like Mariam rebuild their lives and eventually return home, please Click on our Donate Now button on top of our facebook page to give to Tearfund’s Syria appeal today. Thank you! Your prayers and support are much appreciated.

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