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How we work

God’s people are the hub of change. That’s why we work through the local church, equipping them to lead their communities towards a future of opportunity and hope.

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Our Model

Church-Based Community Transformation

The church is the most effective vehicle for bringing opportunity and hope in the community. 

Church-based Community Transformation (CCT) is a unique model of development that works through the local church to restore the broken relationships at the root of poverty.

Theory of Poverty

Why does the cycle of poverty continue?

To tackle poverty, we must first understand what it is. Through the local church, we work to restore the broken relationships – with God, with one another, with creation, and even within ourselves – that are the root cause of poverty.

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The Process

1. Partner with

Churches understand their biblical mandate for holistic restoration. Their leaders and members start to look beyond their walls into their community.

2. Church Mobilizing with Community

Churches work with their community – acting as a leader – to tackle the broken relationships at the root of poverty. Churches and individuals are equipping in tools and training – such as Conservation agriculture or Village Savings Groups – to help them escape poverty for good with their own two hands.

3. Community Transformation


Relationships are restored, people escape poverty and the community is transformed. The church is mobilized as seen as a place of hope and healing; spreading the love of Christ in powerful ways.

Our Programs
Stronger churches



Empowered Individuals

families freed from poverty

Families freed from Poverty

Unleash the Power
of the Local Church

For $2,000 you can help one church release people
from extreme poverty and transform its community.

The solution to poverty is more than physical, it’s spiritual. Instead of handouts, you will be partnering with local churches to permanently lift families out of poverty. Will you join us?


Tearfund Canada

340 Ferrier Street
Suite 202
Markham, ON
L3R 2Z5
t: 1-800-567-8190
e: connect@tearfund.ca

Charity Number: 108222191 RR 0001