In 2020, generous donors like you impacted 195,573 lives.
Farmers were able to grow enough to feed their families. Women learned how to grow their savings and start new businesses. Churches were empowered to be salt and light in their communities. And tens of thousands of families were provided emergency relief and love in times of crisis.
Church-Based Community Transformation
Healing the Hidden Scars of Sexual Violence
Through Tearfund, you’re equipping pastors and local church leaders to transform their communities in some of the poorest places on earth. One of those places is in South Sudan, a country ravished by decades of war, famine, and economic turmoil. Last year, donors like you equipped churches in South Sudan to respond to the thousands of women and girls who have been sexually abused.
Light in the Darkness
Not far from her home, Elizabeth was raped and impregnated by a young man who wanted her as his wife. Barely a month later, she was brutally beaten by the man’s brother. Elizabeth didn’t want to be a part of such a violent family. She felt so hopeless that she tried to end her life.
She failed, but her family was devastated. They didn’t know what to do.
Helping Families Overcome Hunger
How would your life change if your income doubled? Or even tripled? It seems impossible, but it has become a reality for thousands of farming families throughout East Africa.
In 2016, donors like you helped start the Scaling Up Conservation Agriculture (SUCA) program. In partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains bank, we had a massive vision – to train 10,850 farmers how to grow more food and help them climb out of poverty for good!
We’re thrilled to announce that not only did you help us achieve this vision, you helped us surpass it! Over 14,000 farmers increased their crop yields by an average of 216%. With the added crops, families have enough to eat and more income. Many have been able to send their kids to school for the first time. Often run with local churches, families not only know how to grow more food, but that they are made in the image of God and valued by Him!
Breaking away from Handouts
Like many farmers in East Africa, Mesele Madebo struggled to grow enough to feed his family. But after he adopted farming practices he learned from one of our local church partners, his life was transformed. He was so excited that he wanted to tell all his neighbours! So he volunteered to be a “local animator.”
The Spark of Innovation
Last year your donations helped form approximately 256 new savings groups, helping 5,695 people save for new businesses, education, and emergencies. But that’s not all!
Starting in December 2019, donors like you helped farmers like you dramatically increase their revenue by training them in simple marketing concepts such as supply and demand, market cycles, and selling crops in bulk.
Using these methods and PICS bags to preserve their crops, these farmers were able to increase their revenue an incredible 4.6X on average! Instead of selling 1kg of pigeon peas for 19 cents, farmers were now able to sell them for 88 cents per kg.
The training was such a success that it attracted the attention of savings groups in the area. Although this initial pilot project had a goal of training just 1,000 farmers, we ended up training an incredible 5,959 through word of mouth.
Overcoming A Mother's Dilemma
Asnakech Gaushe had a dilemma. Using conservation agriculture practices, she was now able to grow more than enough food for herself and 7 children – it was more food than they have ever seen in their entire lives! Initially, Asnakech had great joy, and it flowed out of her! But joy soon turned to concern.
It was impossible for her family to eat all of this before the crops went rotten. She could sell the crops, but since it was harvest, everyone in the village was doing the same – dropping prices to rock bottom. She knew if she sold now, they wouldn’t have enough money to last until next year’s harvest.
But then, seemingly out of nowhere, a simple innovation changed her outcome.
Part of Something Bigger
Through Tearfund, you’re part of a global community focused on facing the challenges of poverty and injustice through God’s love. We don’t believe that we’re called to tackle this massive challenge on our own. Instead, we believe that God loves partnerships and that together, God’s people can be an incredible hub of change!
The Tearfund Family
Tearfund Canada is one of 11 Tearfund organizations who work together to respond to the challenges of extreme poverty with an unwavering commitment to strengthen the local church. Collectively, we partner with over 350 faith-based organizations in over 50 countries touching the lives of millions of people
Official Supporting Denominations
Together, God’s people are a hub of change. We are so thankful to the many Canadian denominations who have partnered with Tearfund as their relief and development agency of choice.
Tearfund Canada exists to provide relief and development assistance to the world’s most oppressed, poor, and suffering people by partnering with churches and other Christian agencies and organizations. We trust God for our finances. Our operations depend on the generosity of individuals, churches, foundations, businesses, as well as contracts from Global Affairs Canada and through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
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Our Vision in 2021
We thank God for his incredible work in 2020 and for the many individuals, foundations, and businesses who supported us with their many donations, prayers, and encouragement.
Moving forward into 2021 our promise is to ensure your gifts achieve the highest impact—helping families lift themselves out of extreme poverty around the world. Join us in continuing our work with local churches to transform lives and communities.
In 2021, help us:
1. Continue to support and empower churches
Your gifts will train and support pastors and church leaders in some of the poorest places on earth to help them meet the needs of their communities and shine God’s love.
2. Provide COVID-19 relief and recovery measures
You will provide people living in extreme poverty emergency provisions and economic stimulus so that they can continue their journey out of poverty.
3. Ensure that malnourished families have enough to eat
Through your support, thousands of families will learn how to grow 2 to 3 times more food to be able to feed their children, sell, and save.
4. Help families climb out of extreme poverty
You will help more women (and men) learn how to save and grow their income through savings groups and business training.
5. Provide life-saving aid in times of crisis
When disaster strikes, your gifts will enable us to immediately rush in to provide families with lifesaving aid such as food, water, sanitation, and emergency care.