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India flood survivors tell of hardships

India flood survivors tell of hardships – 13 Aug 2013

Monsoon rains in June caused extensive flooding in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, leaving 500 people dead and 5,000 others missing.

Two Tearfund partners, the Emmanuel Hospital Association and Eficor, responded by organising distributions of food, hygiene items, cooking utensils, blankets and tents to the badly affected districts of Tehri, Rudraprayag and Chamoli.

Among those helped was 70-year-old Mrs Chhotidevi, a widow without family, who lives on a pension equivalent to just €6 a month.

The flooding disrupted pension payments and left her unable to buy food: ‘I used to beg and people were giving me left over food,’ Mrs Chhotidevi recalls.

‘But Eficor gave me good quality food. I will not forget Eficor, may the Lord bless Eficor.’


An indication of the devastating power of the floods is provided by 40-year-old Anil Bhatt, a father-of-two and businessman from Vijaynagar village who owned six shops.

He said, ‘Water from the river Mandankini came in with huge force and took away my house, shops, and even my land. Within a few hours I was left with the clothes on my body and nothing else.

‘The relief kit is comprehensive and very useful. I thank your organisation for this timely help.’

Lalsingh Pawar, 60, lost two grown up sons who were swept away in the torrents of flood waters.

With so many families losing loved ones to the floods, partner teams are also offering counselling to the bereaved.

Mr Pawar said his family were going through very testing times, but after Eficor counselling visits they were now able to start thinking about moving forward in life.

If you would like to contribute to the relief work and protection for vulnerable families in the aftermath of the flooding you can purchase a disaster survival kit.

Alternative approach by UNICEF and Tearfund Ireland is transforming children lives.

Alternative approach by UNICEF and Tearfund Ireland is transforming children lives. – 19 Jul 2013

Long before there was a UNICEF, faith based communities were among the greatest advocates for the world’s neediest children, providing guidance, aid and comfort to millions of disadvantaged families.

Today UNICEF and Tearfund Ireland are showing this partnership in action through jointly hosting the launch of UNICEF’s Partnering with Religious Communities for Children report. Minister of State Joe Costello will contribute to the presentations and Rt. Rev Harold Miller, Bishop of Down and Dromore will chair the event.

Sarah Chhin from Cambodian partner M’lup Russey (jointly funded by UNICEF and Tearfund) will present on how faith based organisations are offering an alternative to institutional/orphanage care for Cambodian children. After two decades of relative stability, Cambodia’s economy is growing, drawing in foreign investment and tourists. However the plight of children institutionalised in orphanages has been an alarming and increasing phenomenon.

Almost 10,000 children are still cared for in the more than 250 orphanages registered in Cambodia.

This care model is decades-old and largely unquestioned. Sarah Chhin says: ‘The majority of children and young people living in Cambodia’s orphanages today have parents and other relatives who could be supported to look after them. The tragedy is that most of them have become disconnected and alienated from them’.

M’lup Russey is the only programme in Cambodia which helps children in residential care become reintegrated into families. It also trains caregivers and has been involved in helping government ministers draft policy on standards of care and alternative care. And its lobbying has borne fruit. In February 2012, the Ministry of Social Affairs in Cambodia announced a new policy aimed at keeping Cambodian children out of institutions, in favour of family-based care. In time, the government hope orphanages will become ‘community centres’ that strengthen and support families.

Sharan Kelly of Tearfund says: ‘Psalm 68:6 says, “God sets the lonely in families.”, ‘M’lup Russey has grasped God’s heart for vulnerable children, it’s counter-culture and no doubt controversial – but it’s transforming children’s lives.

Details of the event:
Tuesday 23rd July, 10am-12pm
Irish Aid Volunteering & Information Centre,
27-31 O’Connell Street Upper, Dublin 1

About Tearfund Ireland
Tearfund prioritises the most vulnerable and marginalised people working through churches and Christian organisations to bring help and hope to people living in dire poverty. Tearfund works with forgotten children, vulnerable women, and people affected by HIV and in times of disaster to provide emergency relief to people who have lost everything.

Working in over 150 countries across the world, UNICEF is committed to finding the best and most cost-effective ways to save children’s lives, providing health care, nutrition and education to help every child realise their full potential.

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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

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