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Tearfund Ireland Press Release: World leaders today agree to end extreme poverty by 2030

Tearfund Ireland Press Release: World leaders today agree to end extreme poverty by 2030 – 25 Sep 2015

Tearfund Ireland Press Release: World leaders today agree to end extreme poverty by 2030

Today, 25th September 2015 the United Nations agreed a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end extreme poverty, inequality and address the challenge of climate change.

Tearfund Ireland’s Chief Executive and Chair of Dóchas, Sharan Kelly comments from the UN Summit in New York, ‘this is a monumental day when world leaders have agreed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals that build on the success of the past, face the challenges of the present and future, to create a world where no one is left behind, where everyone has the opportunity to flourish and thrive and challenging issues will be addressed such as extreme poverty, inequalities and climate change’.

The new Sustainable Development Goals are comprehensive and integrated, seeking an end to extreme poverty, inequality and address many inter-related issues in particular climate change, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, consumption, sustain natural resources and promoting peace.

Kelly continues, ‘I am very proud to be Irish today. Ireland has had the privilege of co-facilitating this process along with Kenya and has shown great leadership in bringing world leaders to this point. The challenge ahead will be to ensure that all efforts are made to achieve these goals. Taoiseach Enda Kenny spoke to the UN General Assembly today and it is leaders like him that have to show their conviction, resolve and courage to ensure that all necessary resources are allocated to achieve these goals. This is not a role only for the field worker working tirelessly in the fight against HIV or a social worker supporting families living with alcohol or drug addiction. Everyone has a part to play to uphold the dignity of every human being, ensuring that all people can flourish and our planet can be protected for future generations.’

‘Tearfund Ireland as a faith based Christian Relief and Development Agency will continue to play its part in achieving the outcomes being sought today.’ Kelly finishes by saying.

Notes to editors:

Media contact: Niamh Daly, Communications Manager 087 2451169, email niamh.daly@tearfund.ie

Tearfund Ireland is a Christian relief and development agency working through a global network of local churches to help eradicate poverty www.tearfund.ie

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Refugee crisis and unanswered prayers…

Refugee crisis and unanswered prayers… – 8 Sep 2015

Did you ever pray about something but the situation just got worse?

When the little body of Alan Kurdi was washed up on a Turkish beach this month it felt like all our prayers for the Middle East crisis were returning to us unanswered. We have watched the Syrian crisis go from bad to worse since we first raised the alarm in March 2013 calling on Tearfund supporters to pray and give to our crisis appeal that was providing blankets, emergency lights and kitchen utensils to those who had fled.

Then we marked the grim milestones; 2 million refugees in August 2013, 3 million in late 2014….

The U.N. predicts that there could be 4.27 million Syrian refugees by the end of this year.

Little Alan Kurdi represents all those who are innocent in the Syrian crisis. But innocence is also under fire in other fragile states such as the Central African Republic and South Sudan. Our work on the ground in fragile states continues, even under fire, to reach out to those in greatest need because it is led by local church partners. The local church is there before the crisis reaches international media attention and the local church will be there when media attention has moved somewhere else.

We are asking you now to please stand with us again, to be persistent in your prayer and to not give up, even in what seems like the bleakest of circumstances. ‘We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.’ Oswald Chambers

Please help us in our ongoing work to support and empower the local church to be salt and light in some of the darkest situations in the world.

I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18

Please give whatever you can and consider giving a regular gift to the ongoing work of Tearfund Ireland.

Dóchas, the association of Irish NGO’s, of which Tearfund Ireland is the current Chair, has issued a joint letter to the Irish Government calling for immediate action on the refugee crisis.
Click here to read the full letter.

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

Myanmar Floods: Please Pray

Myanmar Floods: Please Pray – 14 Aug 2015

Heavy monsoon rains closely followed by a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal have caused severe flooding in Asia. Myanmar is worst hit, with Bangladesh and India also affected.

In some part of Myanmar, the rain continues to fall. Many of the affected areas are isolated – meaning the extent of the disaster can’t yet be known. However the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that more than one million people have been affected and more than 687,200 acres of farmland have been damaged.

Communities have been left buried under mud and debris. Houses and crops have been destroyed and livestock have been killed. It is the worst natural disaster in Myanmar since Cyclone Nargis, which killed nearly 140,000 people in May 2008 and left 2.5 million people homeless.

Please pray for all those in Myanmar, India and Bangladesh who have lost loved ones, homes or livelihoods in this disaster.
Please also pray for our partners in Myanmar who are responding to this disaster.

Far away from her father and a home she’ll never see, baby Away needs our help

Far away from her father and a home she’ll never see, baby Away needs our help – 15 Jul 2015

Baby Away was named as she was born far from home and some 320 miles from her father. However, no matter how desperate her circumstances, she deserves every opportunity to fulfill her potential, just like any other child.

Despite the peace talks in South Sudan, brutal civil conflict continues to tear communities apart. As a result, thousands like Baby Away are being born far from home and in refugee camps. Not just here, but also in the Central African Republic, Syria and Iraq, and the list goes on. The bloodshed is not their fault. Yet they are the ones suffering the most.

South Sudan and Baby Away share a lot in common. Both very young and incredibly vulnerable, the challenges they face seem insurmountable. Tragically her camp had already seen an outbreak of cholera, which claimed the lives of six children. Misery is a daily reality for the youngest, the elderly and the sick.

But there is so much we can do to help.

A gift this summer could not only offer those like Baby Away a more secure start in life – it could give them and their families the opportunity to build a life where they not just survive, but really thrive, in the way God wants them to.

The ongoing work Tearfund is doing around the world, is extremely effective in helping families, like Baby Away’s, who are going through the unthinkable. A gift today of €60 could bring a young child like Baby Away back from the brink of starvation by paying for an eight week course of nutrient rich food. Tearfund is providing life saving food, cooking kits, safe water, and soap, as well as treating malnourished children, mothers and pregnant women. We also distribute seed kits and tools to help people like her mother, Cecilia, to get started growing their own food.

In many cases, families are so encouraged to see they are not abandoned, it gives them the momentum to begin rebuilding their lives. And it doesn’t stop there – in the countries where we work around the world our aim is to stay alongside vulnerable people through the years ahead. Using biblically based training, we help people discover their innate ability to create a life where they can truly flourish.

Please send a donation and pray for families who fled their homes. Whether in South Sudan or Lebanon, families have undergone huge trauma and need our support to rebuild their lives. For countries as fragile as South Sudan prayer is a powerful and far reaching tool.

To donate to the work of Tearfund please follow this link and please continue to pray for families who have fled their homes.

Tearfund Ireland needs you!

Tearfund Ireland needs you! – 13 Jul 2015

We are Christians passionate about the local church bringing justice and transforming lives – overcoming global poverty.

Tearfund Ireland is seeking to expand its volunteer network to join us in bringing justice and being part of the transformation of the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

We are seeking people who are passionate about our work, have a heart for the poor and have a deep desire to contribute their time and skills.

Tearfund Ireland needs you to:

Champion what Tearfund Ireland is doing in your church community and beyond
Be a change maker get involved in campaigning and speaking out
Support us at Committee level in our Fundraising Strategy or fundraise locally
Provide leadership in Development Education at Committee level
Be passionate about holistic mission – the local church bringing justice & transformation
Organise, support and manage other volunteers
Manage events such as festivals, Gala dinners & conferences
Be a Tearfund Ireland Networker (social media, marketing etc.)

If you have skills or experience in these areas we would love to hear from you!

If you consider yourself to fit any or some of the above or any other area you feel you can make a positive contribution to our work, please send a cover letter outlining why you feel your contribution would add to Tearfund Ireland’s work along with an up to date CV to Michael Goss, Finance & Administration Coordinator, (mailto:enquiries@tearfund.ie) by 16th September 2015.

Click HERE for more information on Volunteer roles or enquire to Tearfund Ireland on 01-8783200 for more information.

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I’m 4 the Fatherless

I’m 4 the Fatherless – 11 Jun 2015

Father’s Day is fast approaching, whether or not you are a father yourself we would like to invite you, to help us stand with the many children who have become fatherless this year. Children who have lost their father or both parents to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, children fleeing from conflict in the Middle East and children recovering from the trauma of the cyclone in the Philippines and more recently the earthquake in Nepal – all need our help.

This Fathers Day, we are partnering with Team Hope and are gathering together in 13 locations around the country supported by over 50 churches to walk, pray and fundraise for fatherless children. Want to join us? Find out about a walk in your area here.

Register here and receive your ‘I’m 4 the Fatherless’ pack which includes a t-shirt and sponsorship card. Suggested donation for registration is €20.

Make a difference this Father’s Day!

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