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Why Tearfund?

Our vision is to see people freed from poverty, living transformed lives, and reaching their God-given potential. But what makes us different? Here you can find out.

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Deep, Lasting Impact

Through Tearfund you will help address beyond the surface needs, deep into the root causes of poverty. Because our whole focus is on restoring broken relationships – with God, within families, communities, and with creation. Our goal is to break the cycle of poverty so that we’re not needed anymore. Through our focus on local partnerships, you will create lasting change that is efficient, effective, and local-friendly.

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A Focus on Training

A Focus on Training

Handing out food is easy, but that doesn’t help people provide for themselves. Instead, all of our development programs focus on training families so that they can fulfill their potential and escape poverty using their own God-given skills and resources.

Strategic Involvement

Strategic Involvement

There is no end to the number of problems to solve. Instead of focusing on everything, we have a rigorous set of criteria that helps us focus on the areas of greatest need and where we can have the greatest impact.

National Leaders

National Leaders

Our office is small – only 12 Canadian staff. We don’t believe that staff living overseas is necessary anymore. Instead, we work through and support over 500 nationals. We train and train more. Not only does this result in better development, the cost is much lower.

Partnerships that Multiply

Partnerships that Multiply

We are part of several partnerships such as the Canadian Foodgrains Bank that multiply your impact. It is quite common that we able to leverage your donations 2X, 4X, or higher. 

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Committed to work with Local Churches

We believe that the church is the most effective vehicle for bringing hope into a community. It can be the catalyst for real transformation. God’s people are the only entity capable of addressing the broken relationships that are at the root of poverty. Through Tearfund, you’re supporting local churches to address these broken relationships, bring new life, and transform the lives of the poor.

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Integral Mission

Integral Mission

The Good News of the Bible calls the followers of Jesus who have experienced a spiritual transformation to feed the poor, speak up for the oppressed, and to seek justice. Our goal is to equip and mobilize churches to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs around them and open up doors to a full-life.

Respected

Respected

Churches have strong local influence and can impact attitudes and behaviours in their communities.

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Embedded

Embedded

Churches can be found in the most remote places and are embedded in their communities. They can reach places we cannot. After we leave, the church will continue to be there.

Our Theology of Poverty

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Full-life transformation

The problem with many solutions to poverty is that they are incomplete. Poverty isn’t just physical, it’s emotional, social, and spiritual – caused by broken relationships. We seek to help the whole person. Our goal isn’t “just” about helping people overcome poverty, it’s about people living life to the full and being part of God’s Kingdom-building, life-giving mission.

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Focus on Whole Person

We focus on the wellbeing of the whole person—not just the physical. We avoid handouts, address emotional suffering, and letting people know that they are valued and loved by God.

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Community View

Community View

We work with local churches to identify the greatest areas of need in their own community. Through our church mobilization program, we help churches change their mindsets from an internal focus – to an external one. Our goal isn’t cookie-cutter solutions, but true transformation.

Focus on Families

Focus on Families

We believe the best way to provide for children is to help their parents break out of poverty. Through training, we help parents grow and earn more so that they will be able to provide for their children with dignity.

Care for Creation

Care for Creation

We recognize that the fall didn’t just impact humanity, but all of creation. We work to create economic systems that respect God’s creation and encourage a thriving world.

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?

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Tearfund Canada
600 Alden Rd.,
Markham, ON L3R 3T7
t: 1-800-567-8190
e: connect@tearfund.ca

 

Charity Number: 108222191 RR 0001