What is Tearfund Ireland doing? – How are we responding?
In 2015 Tearfund Ireland, with support from Irish Aid, provided supplementary feeding through the distribution of 2,200 food vouchers to the most vulnerable 370 households in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, which had been identified as one of the most food insecure areas.
At the same time, a process called Church and Community Mobilisation (CCM) was initiated that sought to engage local churches and church volunteers in supporting their local communities.
The Church and Community Mobilisation Process is designed to alleviate poverty in a sustainable way through training, identifying and releasing locally available resources and through working better together. Different denominations, communities, local leaders and government officials work together to achieve common goals and a peaceful co-existence in order to transform their futures positively.
More recently, Tearfund Ireland is supporting churches through Church and Community Mobilisation in Aweil East County, situated along the main border and trade route with Sudan. There has been a long history of dependence on humanitarian aid in Aweil East with a culture of hopelessness and feeling powerless. The Church and Community Mobilisation Process envisions and equips churches to mobilise and enable local churches and communities to work together to address needs while encouraging cross-denomination networking and relationship building.
KEY OUTCOMES DURING 2016/2017
- 36 Locally trained facilitators with knowledge and skills are long term assets to the church community for ongoing training provision and assisting them to capitalise on local available resources
- 1,500 Church members trained in the importance of self sustainability
- 21 Local churches envisioned for Integral Mission and providing practical service to their community
- 15 Local churches engaged in activities to reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS
- 21 Local churches assisted vulnerable people to prepare for emergencies and disasters
- 300 Households reached in advocacy for equality of women and girls
- 16 Primary schools were sensitized on environmental conservation