Message from the CEO
Immense, unfathomable, limitless. How can we describe the magnitude and awesomeness of our God? And for some reason, in his wisdom, God chose us to participate with him in his grand redemptive story.
The church is unstoppable because God is unstoppable. It isn’t perfect—by no means! But God is using you and the local church to change the world.
Over the last year you have been part of changing lives. By equipping and empowering local churches across Africa and Asia, families are realizing a future free from physical and spiritual poverty.
You have helped us to respond to more disasters at once than ever before in our history. Helping save lives through the provision of food, water, and other necessities.
We continue to hear countless stories of personal transformation in the lives of families around the world. They thank you for the tools and training you have provided so that they can lift their families out of poverty, send their children to school, and look towards a future of hope and possibility.
It’s impossible to pack all the impact you’ve helped create into a single report. But we hope that it gives you a taste of the difference you are making. And together, with you, with local leaders, and the local church, we look forward to seeing more lives changed in 2022.
We can’t wait to see what God will do.
With deep gratitude,
In 2021, generous donors like you impacted 405,645 lives.
Stories of Change
Life in the Desert
Dancing for Joy
A New Roar
A Long Journey
Watch your Impact!
Nigist lived deep in poverty, often wondering what the future would look like. But now she is thriving thanks to the church which helped her unlock her God-given potential.
Cassava is easy to grow and very nutritious. The problem? It is toxic without being properly processed. See how these simple machines are transforming entire villages.
Pivoting Towards Permanent Change in South Sudan
John Katosa and his wife Ester Juan have never known security. But when they fled their village in Kajo Keji because of conflict it took on a new meaning. They lived in the refugee camp for years, anxious for the chance to return home. “Life is difficult in the refugee settlement, especially with a family,” John tells us. “We had to return to Kajo-Keji. We wanted to have our own land.”
Years of war and political strife has meant that 9 out of 10 South Sudanese suffer with extreme hunger. And over half of children between the ages of 2 and 5 eat only one meal a day.
John and Ester returned home with thousands of other refugees seeking to rebuild. But when they arrived, they found the land had been laid to ruin and struggled to get started.
But thanks to your gifts, we are midway through a new innovative project called HERD. This project is helping returning refugee families move away from handouts and towards a future free from poverty.
First, 700 vulnerable families were provided with urgently needed food. Next, 6,000 families received seed kits, farming tools, and training in sustainable farming practices. The land in Kajo Keji is very fertile, with the training families have been able to grow thriving gardens full of okra, tomatoes, eggplants, onions, beans, peanuts and cassava. Through the project, women’s inequality is also addressed, encouraging families to keep girls in school, prevent child marriages, and allow for greater decision making in the home.
As part of the project, John and Ester joined a savings group and are starting to save some of their earnings. Collectively, these groups have saved over $10,000 so far! Through Tearfund you are helping families find real, lasting change.
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!
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 2022
God has done immeasurably more than we could have imagined in 2021. Over the next year, we are committed to continuing following him to help those in greatest need. Your support is critical to our work.
In 2022, help us:
1. Expand our work with the local church
Like you, we believe that God uses his local church to transform communities. In 2022 we will continue our commitment of working with the local church in the places we work to lift families out of physical and spiritual poverty. Our goal is to equip and empower many more congregations and church leaders with the tools they need to go beyond their walls to offer families a future of opportunity and hope.
2. Transition more families in South Sudan from relief to Self-sufficiency
One of the most exciting new projects we have is our South Sudan HERD project. Funded by the Government of Canada and donors like you, this project aims to take families in South Sudan dependent on relief handouts and transition them to long-term self-sufficiency. Usually projects are either relief or development; this project covers both. It is a truly unique project we’re excited to partner with you on.
3. Start New Projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Over the last 5 years donors like you have helped thousands of families in the DR Congo farm more food, generate more income, and take their first steps out of poverty. We are thrilled to say that 2 of our projects have come to an end allowing us to start new projects which will help more families.
4. Expand our work with climate adaptation and advocacy
Our partners and the families we work with continue to tell us how a changing climate is affecting their lives. It is pushing many families back into poverty and for some it is a life or death situation.
We believe that the church has a role and aim to be the leading Christian voice in this area. In 2022 our goal is to help farmers adapt to changing climate conditions while also encouraging Canadian churches and Christians to consider what the Bible says about this topic.
5. Strengthen partnerships
The strength of our many partnerships is how we are able to change many more lives with fewer resources – stretching your dollar further. In 2022 we will strive to work closely with our partners in new innovative ways to change more lives and become ever more effective in transforming communities.
Your donation will help more families escape extreme poverty and see a future of opportunity and hope.