Message from the CEO
If it feels like this year had more emergencies than others it’s because–it did.
The cover of this report is evidence of this. Week after week, month after month, newspaper headlines painted a picture of gloom and despair. From the war in Ukraine, to drought in the horn of Africa, to flooding in Pakistan. And it’s only supposed to get worse.
In 2022 we were overwhelmed by the sheer number of disasters. But despite all the calamity around us, let me tell you one thing: Our God is unshakable. In him, we have unshakable hope!
It’s because of this hope we press forward. When faced with uncertainty and pain, it’s easy to become
paralyzed. To become stuck in grief. But Christ shows us another way. These moments are when his power is most on display.
And that’s what we saw this year. Taking your generosity, God has done tremendous things.
With your help, local churches have been equipped and empowered–going beyond their walls and transforming their communities. Families fleeing war have been fed and cared for; and farmers suffering from hunger have learned how to grow more food. Your gifts have empowered women to save, start new businesses and lead their families out of poverty. And your support has brought the message of Jesus and new life to many survivors of Sexual and Gender- Based Violence.
I hope that this report encourages you and helps you see some of the amazing ways God is still working in
the world. And that you would continue to strive after him, our rock and our hope.
Stories of Change
Reverend Ndambuki's Story
Reverend Christopher Ndambuki looks out from his pulpit to his hungry congregation. “My wife and I sacrifice and share what we have. Though it is generally not enough for us.”
“Clink… Clink… Clink, Clink, Clink…” goes the sound of rain on Mariam’s tin roof. The rains have come after 8 months of waiting.
After only one year of participating in her savings group she held 9,000 shillings in her hand–a return of 346%. “I was ecstatic,” Jeniffer said. “I just didn’t believe it was possible.”
At the edge of her field, Leonie stands tall. She carefully examines the crops being grown. She turns to us and says “Before I was a simple farmer, but now I no longer go into the fields; I pay workers to go and work in my field.”
“I woke up at 4 am… and I understood that the war had started.” Lyunov tells us as she fights back tears. Living in the the Mykolayiv region of Ukraine, near Kherson, the war was on her doorstep before she knew it.
As we speak to Bizunesh we are curiously watched by a dozen Ethiopian children. We are the entertainment of the day. They stand around with their bare feet on the reddish-brown soil speckled with small stones. To them, this is how life has always been. But Bizunesh, 40, remembers differently.
From our Partners
Why Church-based Development?
Impact of Saving Groups
Sexual and Gender-based Violence and poverty in South Sudan
Impact of Climate Change
Part of Something Bigger
Our partners are essential to the success of our work. Local partners are embedded in their communities and have a deep understanding of the local culture, language, and needs. They also cost much less than sending expensive foreign staff abroad. Long after we’re gone, they will still be there.
Our partners inspire us, strengthen us, and challenge us to do more. Without them, none of this would be possible.
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.
Government of Canada
Surplus / Loss
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Projects in 2023
At Tearfund, we are committed to working through and alongside nationally-led churches and their relief & development arms to be catalysts for sustainable change. As we look forward to 2023 and beyond, there are four key initiatives that we seek your partnership in.
1. Climate Adaptation Project
We are in the planning phase of two massive climate adaptation pilot projects aimed at helping thousands of farming families adapt to the effects of a changing climate. These groundbreaking projects will help families respond to increased challenges such as drought, food shortages and flash flooding. They will use nature-based solutions to help restore land degraded by clear-cutting and overutilization to protect against threats such as erosion and improve soil fertility. The lessons learned and the principles practiced will be implemented by all of our partners.
2. Second Herd of Buffalo
In late 2021 Tearfund helped facilitate the return of the buffalo to Cote First Nation in Saskatchewan for the first time in over 150 years. The herd has already grown 50%, with new calves born this year. This pilot project has exceeded all expectations – leading to beautiful friendships and newfound trust between Cote First Nation and local churches. We wish to continue this momentum to another First Nation to continue on this journey of reconciliation and display of Jesus’ love. In late 2023 we seek to provide another starter herd of 22 Buffalo to another First Nation in Treaty 4 Territory.
3. Increased NEXUS Programming
How do we transition communities from displacement due to conflict and famine to resilience? Nexus programming is designed to do that. We currently have a large Nexus pilot project in South Sudan, helping families who have suffered from years of war and destruction rebuild their lives. We have learned so much. In addition to food assistance, families are starting to sow new farms and build local economies to escape poverty for good. In 2023 we plan on expanding this great work to more communities and regions for long-term change.
4. Northern Ethiopia (Tigray Recovery) program
With the truce in Ethiopia officially declared, much rebuilding must be done. Over 2023 (and beyond), we will work with our local church partner to help families rebuild what was lost in the war and help communities be restored.
Your donation will help more families escape extreme poverty and see a future of opportunity and hope.