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New exciting Job Opportunity at Tearfund Ireland

New exciting Job Opportunity at Tearfund Ireland – 25 Jan 2018

Lead the charge and raise €1million!

As Tearfund Ireland celebrates 10 years, it launches its €1million campaign to release more people and communities out of poverty, exploitation, and suffering.

We are seeking someone with the requisite skills and experience, highly motivated to join us and lead the way in cultivating a community of supporters from across various spheres of life

An additional €1million will make the world of difference – it will enable us to release even greater numbers of people and whole families out of poverty, for good! It will protect against child trafficking, send more children to school, support orphaned children and respond to more disasters and wars.

Do you know what I want? I want justice, oceans of it. I want fairness, rivers of it. That’s what I want, that’s all I want. Amos 5:24(MSG)

Are you interested? Do you believe you have the skills to spearhead this campaign and significantly increase new support and partnerships?

If your answer is ‘Yes’, then please send your Curriculum Vitae with a cover letter telling us why you should lead our €1million campaign. Apply to Sharan Kelly, CEO at enquiries@tearfund.ie by 9th February 2018

Help us celebrate 10 years of Tearfund Ireland by releasing more people out of poverty!

We are Christianspassionate about the local church bringing justice and transforming lives – overcoming global poverty. Since our launch in 2008 Tearfund Ireland has grown rapidly and is working in twelve countries. We are supported by a wide network of churches and by the Irish government. We believe in maintaining the highest standard of professionalism throughout our work

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We need your help…And your coffee making skills!

We need your help…And your coffee making skills! – 22 Jan 2018

Are you looking for a reason to invite your friends and neighbours around for coffee?

We would love your help in making Wednesday February 21st the biggest Tearfund Ireland coffee morning ever – can you help?

Would you be willing to host a coffee morning in your home, place of work or church?

Our goal is to lift 1,000 people out of poverty through our Self Help Groups in Ethiopia so we need all the help we can get. Our friends in Spirit Radio are helping us. They are giving us the airwaves from 10am – 12pm that morning, so we’ll be doing interviews with supporters who are hosting coffee mornings, hearing stories of transformation from people who already have been lifted out of poverty and doing competitions live on air all with the goal of raising as much funds as possible.

Please get in touch with us f you think you can help in any way. Email niamh.daly@tearfund.ie or call the office on 01 8783200

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Love, Loss and new Life in Lebanon

Love, Loss and new Life in Lebanon – 21 Nov 2017

Cedra is one of the 2 million refugees who make up almost a third of Lebanon’s population today. She’s also one of thousands of people being helped by our partner, MERATH. Cedra’s situation threatens to
reduce her to a statistic, but her painful story is a strong shout of protest against anonymity…

“Before the war, my life in Syria was very stable. I was married with three children, two girls and a boy. I felt like I owned the whole world. We had a large piece of land and big trucks. We worked hard for our house and fixed everything in it. Then the war came. I felt very scared for my children. We used to have to run from house to house.

One day, at 6am, we heard that ISIS where coming to our neighbourhood. I took my three children and my cousin’s daughter and left the house. Snipers started shooting at me as we ran. I was holding my son across my chest and my daughters by the hand. I was eight months’ pregnant at the time.

The bullet went through my son’s shoulder to his heart. There is nothing I could ever say to explain that moment. My cousin’s daughter was also killed. My father came to get us and rushed us to the hospital. But, by the time we got there, my son was dead. My father went back to our home and we’ve never heard from him again. He is probably dead too. In 30 minutes I lost my son, my father and my cousin’s daughter.

I heard later that ISIS took our land. They stole or burnt everything; they’ve also taken our trucks and tractors. They put a notice on our property saying, ‘This land belongs to ISIS.’ They bombed our house too. There’s only rubble left. Even the pickles I had made for the winter…all of it is gone.

When I came to Lebanon three-and-a-half years ago, I felt very lost. We came in winter when it was snowing. My husband helped us find a tent to share with other families and he’s now working in Syria so we can afford the rent. Now, I have five daughters. When I first met the local pastor, I was very depressed. I just wanted to feel good inside and thought that was more important than anything else – even our finances. I started attending the church and felt loved. My personality began to change and the depression went away. If I could come every day, I would. One day, I believe I will see my son in
heaven: that’s what keeps me going. The church gave me this hope.

It’s really difficult here. I wish I had my own tent. We are living with relatives and friends, and I find it hard to raise the kids with all those other people. My kids often ask me
if they can go to a park or somewhere to play. In Syria, I could let them play on our land: here, we live near a road.

I’ve suffered a lot but the church has made things easier. They’ve provided for our basic needs and given me fuel for the winter and food when we need it. They’ve also helped get my girls back in school. That’s when things really changed for the better. They are learning again, more aware of everything around them, and they’re better emotionally too.

My dream is to go back to Syria, to live a stable life with my husband and our daughters in one home. And I want my girls to learn how to love and respect others.”

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

Story told to Niamh Daly through Integral Alliance.
Photo: Our local partner MERATH (Middle East Revive and Thrive) in Lebanon is giving children in Lebanon access to non-formal education and safe spaces to play. Credit: Helen Manson

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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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