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Tearfund was founded in the UK in 1968 to help the people affected by war in the short-lived republic of Biafra, southern Nigeria. It is recognised worldwide as a leading relief and development agency. Tearfund has operated in the island of Ireland for more than 40 years with a strong network of supporters and churches.

In 2008, Tearfund Ireland was launched as an independent charity. As a sister organisation we work closely with Tearfund in the UK, sharing their vision and values and benefiting from their considerable experience and expertise. We will continue to be both spiritually passionate and professionally excellent making a real difference in the lives of the most vulnerable people.

What makes Tearfund different?

  • As a Christian agency we believe that transformation should be holistic
  • We believe that one of the most effective ways to reach people is by empowering & equipping the local church
  • We will seek to reach the most vulnerable and marginalised people – those that other agencies can’t or don’t reach
  • We have the capacity to respond rapidly to emergencies
  • We have 40 years of experience and expertise in relief and development
  • We deliver measureable results and are committed to continuous learning and improvement
  • We use our finances effectively and have consistently maintained low administration costs

Professional standards

We believe in maintaining the highest standard of professionalism throughout our work. We’ve signed up to a range of internationally recognised standards – because they enshrine our principles of respecting the people we support.

Tearfund is signatory of the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief. This means that our “aid is given regardless of the race, creed, or nationality of the recipients and without adverse distinction of any kind. Aid priorities are calculated on the basis of need alone”.

We are committed to the high technical quality of our projects as laid out in the Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response and the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership.

We are also participants in Dóchas, an umbrella body of Irish development charities, and part of the Viva Network, a global movement of Christians with 81 network initiatives in 48 countries, helping 1.2 million children. 

We are committed to upholding NGO Code of Corporate Governance and Dóchas Code on Images and Messages in all our communications. image image

Tearfund’s Commitment to Standards in Fundraising Practice

Tearfund is fully committed to achieving the standards contained within the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising. The statement was developed by the ICTR (Irish Charities Tax Research Ltd.) and exists to provide charities in Ireland with a Fundraising Code of Practice.

The purpose of the statement is to:

Improve the way charities in Ireland raise their funds
Promote high levels of accountability and transparency by organisations fundraising from the public
Provide clarity and assurances to donors and prospective donors about the organisations they support.

For more information please see:

Tearfund Public Compliance Statement

Tearfund Fundraising Feedback and Complaints Procedure

Tearfund Donor Charter

ICTR Fundraising Best Practice

ICTR Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising


We would love to hear from you!

Your comments and feedback on all of our communications (website, brochures, flyers, adverts etc.) are greatly appreciated because only you can tell us how we come across and how you feel about the people and issues we portray. Please send an email with your feedback and comments.

Tearfund Ireland is a member of Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) image

Tearfund Ireland is a member of Integral Alliance a global network of 23 Christian relief and development agencies from around the world, working together in 85 counties with 600 local partners. image

Tearfund Ireland also partners with the Global Citizen Award


Tearfund Ireland are signatories to Comhlámh’s Code of Good Practice. For more information please see the Comhlámh website image