Vision and Values

"We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in a single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable net of mutuality. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. And for some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality."

Martin Luther King

Tearfund Ireland’s new Strategic Plan ‘United Against Poverty, Together for Transformation’ is built upon its vision for ‘flourishing communities, free from poverty and injustice’. Tearfund Ireland believes in the unique contribution of the Christian church and Christians in active involvement in ending poverty and seeking justice for people who are marginalised and vulnerable. Tearfund Ireland believes that God calls us to ‘whole of-life’ Christianity and as His church to live out our faith as ‘salt and light’ in the world we live in.

Our Values

Tearfund Ireland is driven by its belief that God through His word, character and the person of Jesus Christ calls the church and Christians to active involvement in ending poverty and seeking justice for people who are marginalised and vulnerable.


As a faith based NGO, we are committed to following Christ’s example – His words, actions and life in all that we do, say and are. Our roots go down deep in Him: His Spirit energises us, His word steers us and His presence steadies us.


We are committed to justice for all people and communities. We believe that all people should be treated justly and equitably. We are committed to seeking the restoration of relationships that are unjust and inequitable, and seek to ensure the dignity and flourishing of every human being and society as a whole.


We are committed to people and communities being empowered to live with dignity and to flourish. We will advocate with and on behalf of those most vulnerable and will support their capacity building for ‘self-help’, growing resilience and flourishing.


We are committed to meaningful, effective and mutually beneficial relationships. We seek to put those we are serving first while working collectively with humility through mutual respect, learning, service and support.


We are passionate in our convictions and commitment to seek the transformation of people and communities and are driven to eradicate poverty and injustice with and on behalf of those most vulnerable.


We are committed to working with integrity and seek to uphold standards and principles of excellence, accountability, transparency and good practice. We will seek continually to learn, improve and share models of best practice and innovation while also being highly effective in the allocation of our resources.

Statement of Faith

How We Work

Tearfund Ireland is compelled by the belief that the church has a significant and essential role to play in ending poverty and injustice. Our mission is to transform the lives of the most marginalised through partnerships that mobilise, empower and build capacity. Through partnering with local churches working at grassroots level, greater impact and sustainability can be achieved because of the benefits of local knowledge and the cultural relevance of our local partners.