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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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Myanmar: Rohingya Refugees Emergency Appeal

Myanmar: Rohingya Refugees Emergency Appeal – 18 Oct 2017

Violence in Myanmar has forced over 500,000 Rohingya people to flee for their lives to makeshift camps over the border in Bangladesh. At least 400 people have been killed and more than 6,800 houses burnt to the ground in Myanmar. As violence continues, the number of camps in Bangladesh is expected to rise.

Exhausted families are surviving in appalling conditions, many without shelter or clean water. Tearfund Ireland has launched an appeal. We have partners on the ground responding right now – providing life saving hygiene kits and safe drinking water to traumatised families. They are also giving medical assistance, as there is a high risk of deadly outbreaks of disease.

Our partners have already distributed 28,000 portions of cooked food, 66,000 litres of water and given medical help to more than 33,000 people. We’re assessing the needs of new refugees but
access is difficult. Please pray for all those affected and for an end to the violence.

Click here to download a prayer power point for the Rohingya Refugee Crisis that can be used by churches, groups or individuals.

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

Photo: ©Medair\Nath Fauveau

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A Prayer for Ireland - Hurricane Ophelia

A Prayer for Ireland - Hurricane Ophelia – 16 Oct 2017

Thank you to all our supporters for your ongoing prayer and support for the work of Tearfund Ireland and our partners. Today our thoughts turn to our own country. Join us in praying for our nation as we face the impact of Hurricane Ophelia:

Dear Lord,

We lift up the island of Ireland and all those affected by Hurricane Ophelia.

We pray for the elderly, those living alone, the homeless and all who are vulnerable today. We pray for the winds to calm, minimal damage and for the comfort of your presence.

We pray for the emergency services on the ground as they bring help and aid to those in the worst-hit areas. We ask you Lord for wisdom and strength so that churches and communities might be able to respond to this unprecedented weather event in the most effective and compassionate way possible.

We also pray for wisdom and discernment for the government and local leaders as they decide how to respond in the aftermath of Hurricane Ophelia, and start to identify the immediate and longer term needs.

Thank you Lord that it says in your Word in Hebrews 6:19, ‘We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.’

Thank you God that you are good, and we praise and bless your Holy name.

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Yemen Update, Cholera is spreading with alarming speed

Yemen Update, Cholera is spreading with alarming speed – 22 Aug 2017

The numbers of those infected by Yemen’s cholera outbreak have been revised upwards from 300,000 to 500,000 with 5,000 new cases being reported daily*. Children make up 41% of those infected. The death toll since April is estimated at 2,000.

Elsewhere, conflict continues across the Middle East and with the ‘official’ end of the Mosul offensive in Northern Iraq, the number of refugee families needing support is phenomenal. At the same time, East Africa is struggling under one of the worst food crises the world has seen.

With the huge number of people in desperate need in so many places, ongoing support is crucial. If you are not already giving on a monthly basis would you prayerfully consider this option and call us in the office on 01 878 3200 to arrange this.

If you would like to give a gift now to help end the suffering you can do this through our website by clicking here . A gift of €38 could pay for essential hygiene kits for two families, which would be invaluable to them in their day to day lives.

Thank you again for making our work possible, Your support and your kindness is greatly appreciated.

Photo: Yemen, Panos Pictures.

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Yemen, cholera outbreak: Tearfund Ireland to support the provision of life-saving medicines

Yemen, cholera outbreak: Tearfund Ireland to support the provision of life-saving medicines – 2 Aug 2017

Cholera has reignited in Yemen, spreading with unprecedented speed across 18 out of 23 governorates, killing at least 1,700 people, according to the United Nations. The spread of the disease is astonishing. On June 24th, the World Health Organisation stated that Yemen was facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world, with at least 200,000 suspected cases. At time of writing over 100,000 more cases have been reported. As a result Yemen has declared a state of emergency, requesting support from NGOs.

This is a second wave of outbreaks, the first of which emerged in September 2016 and had previously shown signs of slowing. The current rate of spread is alarming with 65% of the total deaths reported in May 2017 alone. Scientists are exploring whether the current strain of cholera is a newer and more virulent one.

The health services are struggling to meet this increasing need. The Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP) in Yemen has requested support from NGO’s for the provision of essential and life-saving medicines to respond to this increasing health need.

Tearfund Ireland supported by The Church of Ireland’s Bishop’s Appeal will provide through partners, essential and life-saving medicines and medical supplies for the treatment of acute watery diarrhoea. This will enable local health centres in areas most affected by the cholera outbreak to treat children and adults. The items are urgently requested by the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP) in Yemen.

The medicines to be distributed have been cross-referenced with the World Health Organisation (WHO) standard guidelines for Cholera treatment to ensure the correct medicines are distributed.
Tearfund Ireland’s partner is working closely with Yemen’s Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP), who will assist in obtaining relevant permits for the import and custom clearance process in Yemen and who, will identify which health facilities would be the most strategic places to send the supplies and medicines to. The supplies will then be distributed to these health centers. Monitoring visits will be conducted to the health facilities to ensure that the supplies are used appropriately and medicines are provided free of charge.

This project will target women, girls, boys and men in need for treatment for acute watery diarrhoea. The total number of beneficiaries will be approximately 2,700. This figure can be higher and number of beneficiaries will be estimated once the quantities of medical supplies have been identified following feedback from partners.

With the huge number of people in desperate need in so many places, ongoing support is crucial. Please follow this link to support our life-saving work.

We also ask you for your continured prayer support as we try to meet the needs of so many suffereing around the world. Please join with us in asking God to bring healing, restoration, and for all who are suffering to receive the support they need.

‘In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.’ Psalm 18:6

Photo: Medical supplies on route to Yemen. Partners cannot be mentioned for security reasons.

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Niamh, our Marketing and Communications Manager reflects on her time in Jordan

Niamh, our Marketing and Communications Manager reflects on her time in Jordan – 7 Jun 2017

I first want to say thank you – you are such a valuable part of Tearfund Ireland and all we do to bring the light of Christ to places where suffering is deeply felt. Our work matters to you and that’s why I am writing to tell you about my recent trip to Jordan in the Middle East. While some stories are deeply tragic, I know it will encourage you to hear what God is doing through Tearfund Ireland and how you can support our work. Jordan currently hosts a staggering 1½ million Syrian refugees – for a population of nine million that’s a huge kindness. Yet the suffering each refugee has endured can never be quantified. Almost all are mourning a family member or close friend, added to the loss of their home and country.

On my visit, I met an extremely courageous woman named Jaydah. She explained how, one morning, shortly after kissing her 12-year-old son goodbye, she heard an explosion and ran out to the street. First she found the body of her husband, followed by the bodies of her brother and the son she had just kissed. She wept as she described how their bodies were strewn on the pavement. Her 17-year-old son was also caught up in the explosion and his leg was badly injured. She tried to get him help, but he lost his leg. He sat next to her, staring at the ground, as she told their story. He didn’t go outside their apartment for over a year after they moved to Jordan. The trauma and grief overwhelmed him.

Ordinary Syrians like them are hurting the most in this conflict. Recently, Jaydah participated in a series of counselling sessions, which enabled her to open up for the first time about her experiences. The sessions are run by a local Tearfund partner, so local Jordanian volunteers are the trained facilitators. It is especially helpful for women like Jaydah to be cared for in this way by Jordanians as it helps them feel welcomed in Jordan.

During my visit, I also went to see a cash distribution to Syrian refugee women soon to give birth. Cash grants enable them to have their babies in one of Jordan’s hospitals and travel to and from hospital. It costs roughly €19 to ensure a mum in labour can cover the taxi fare of getting to hospital.

Now in its seventh year, the Syrian crisis has been going on longer than anyone could have imagined.

Tearfund Ireland is also responding to the crisis in South Sudan where famine was declared in February. Across East Africa it is estimated that 16 million people are in urgent need of food and safe water.
These crises are complex and require long term commitment.

If you are already giving regularly, would you consider increasing your monthly gift? Or if you would like to start giving regularly, please follow this link to find how you can become a regular giver. Or if you would like to make a once off donation please click here.

Please also keep this crisis in your prayers. Let’s ask our Heavenly Father to comfort and provide for the 65.3 million people around the world who are refugees. Thank you so much for your support.

Yours in Christ,

Niamh Daly
Marketing and Communications Manager
Tearfund Ireland

Photo: Niamh Daly, Tearfund Ireland. Jaydah talks to RTE journalist Della Kilroy about losing her husband, brother and young son in an explosion in Syria.

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