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Mission Statement

In 2006 we launched our 10 year vision to see 50 million people released from material and spiritual poverty through a worldwide network of 100,000 churches.


When a community lifts itself out of poverty, everything changes. Poverty does more than exhaust, starve, trap and kill people. It destroys their sense of worth, limits their horizons, robs people of the chance to reach their full potential. Tearfund's call is to follow Jesus where the need is greatest. We long for new life and a new sense of worth for people. We do whatever it takes to end poverty and rebuild poor communities.

We work through local churches, because they're Jesus' body on earth, ready to care for the whole person - and the whole community - inside and out. This makes lasting, sustainable change for an individual and a community possible. We train and equip them to meet the needs of their communities.

We try to stay invisible. Most of what we do is about communities taking themselves through a facilitated process to name their own needs, recognise their own strengths, and find their own solutions to poverty. We model this all over the world. It's effective, long-lasting, far-reaching and transformative.

We respond to disasters. In the most vulnerable places we're experts in helping people prepare for, withstand and recover from disasters.

We're advocates for justice. We campaign in the UK and across the world for just policies that will support people in poverty.

We're professional and accountable. We're signatories to the Red Cross Code of Conduct and are certified against the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership Standard. We're recognised for our expertise in relief, development and advocacy.



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