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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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Nepal Earthquake - need grows following a second quake

Nepal Earthquake - need grows following a second quake – 14 May 2015

The latest quake is similar in magnitude to the first and was felt as far away as Dhaka in Bangladesh and Delhi in India. The extent of the damage is still unclear at this stage but our partners on the ground are assessing the immediate need.

Tearfund’s Country Director for Nepal – Steve Collins, was working at the Tearfund offices in Kathmandu at the time.

‘Everything suddenly started shaking. It wasn’t too severe at first and we all managed to get out of the building, then when we were in the yard outside everything started shaking very strongly and we were all bending down on the ground to stop from falling over, and keeping as far away from the walls as possible.

I cycled to find my wife and children and there were trees down in the road and some walls, but it’s difficult to tell because lots of walls are already down. What was really noticeable was everyone was out in the street and everyone was clearly very shaken. There is a lot of fear and nervousness on the street.

The earthquake felt like it carried on for a long while and even when it died down the earth was shaking under our feet, like standing in a boat. It probably lasted about a minute, and there were quite a lot of aftershocks.

We’re all outside at the moment. It’s very difficult to know what to do. This has definitely added to the sense of fear and uncertainty.’

Steve was interviewed yesterday by SKY News. You can watch the video here

The initial quake 18 days ago killed over 8,000 and left millions in need of aid and assistance. Tearfund staff and partners trained in emergency response are already in Nepal following the first quake. More funding is urgently needed to provide shelter, food and sanitation. Teams have been trekking over landslides and mountains to some of the remotest unreached communities. We urgently need your prayers and donations.

To donate to our Nepal Emergency Appeal please follow this link.

Thank you to the many churches and individuals who have already responded generously. Please continue to pray for the country of Nepal, for all those involved in the relief efforts, for Tearfund partners and staff on the ground and for all those affected by both of these earthquakes.

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Nepal Earthquake Update

Nepal Earthquake Update – 6 May 2015

As the search for survivors of last weeks earthquake comes to an end, the impact of this natural disaster is starting to sink in. Mass cremations are taking place and the stench of death emanates from collapsed houses where many bodies are still trapped in the rubble underneath. Livestock, food grains and family members are buried under great piles of rock; grocery stores, workshops and livelihoods are destroyed. The risk of the spread of disease is high and people are drinking dirty water and don’t have enough to eat.

In the midst of this, our partners on the ground are finding reasons to thank God; the earthquake happened at midday on a Saturday, schools and offices were closed. There was little transport on the roads and families were together, not scattered. Also, people were awake and able to move out of collapsing buildings rather than asleep in their beds.

Kathmandu, a city of two million people is perched on the edge of the tectonic plates that form the Himalayas. An earthquake of this magnitude had been predicted for this part of the world for many years, with estimates that the death toll would be in the region of 100,000. At the moment the total death toll for the entire country stands at 7,557 with 14,536 people injured.

Tearfund have been active in reducing poverty in Nepal since 1970. Local partners on the ground include the United Mission to Nepal and the International Nepal Fellowship. Our partners are trained in earthquake preparedness in anticipation of an earthquake and so are well placed to participate in the relief and recovery efforts.

Please help us to rebuild Nepal in the aftermath of this earthquake. Click here to donate a gift of €50 which will provide a family with a months supply of food and cooking utensils. Please also consider making a monthly donation to our disaster and relief fund (click here to download a regular giving form) which enables us to respond immediately when a disaster strikes.

It is estimated that in the days since the earthquake nearly half a million people have left the capital Kathmandu to return to their homes and villages to help with relief work there. However due to landslides and damaged roads this exodus which is through two main access roads – is chaotic. For those trying to coordinate relief efforts access to fresh water and food supplies is the biggest challenge.

Some of the worst affected communities are in isolated mountain areas and are extremely hard to reach due to landslides and difficult terrain.

  • Please pray for relief workers as they overcome these challenges to get help to where it is needed most.
  • Please pray that all those who are injured, mourning and traumatised will draw on God’s comfort and strength at this time.
  • Pray for protection for children, women and the elderly – all of them extremely vulnerable to trafficking, abuse and crime in the chaos of disaster.

Please consider being a part of the Christian response to the rebuilding of Nepal, donate now and help us to bring help to where the need is greatest.

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

Above picture:_International Nepal Fellowship (INF) aid workers prepare medical and other aid supplies for distribution to quake survivors

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