"Dear sponsor, you mean so much to me because…"

For the children in our program, sponsorship means they are cared for in life-changing ways. But behind the tutoring, medical care, meals or nutritious snacks they receive through our local church partners, there are also staff and supporters like you who invest in their lives, building their self-esteem and encouraging their dreams.

Through your generosity and letter writing, you are giving children a hope more powerful than poverty. How do we know? The children say so!

Hear what these children have to say about what they love most about their sponsors.

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Recent Posts

No more hiding: Being a brand in the age of transparency

No more hiding: Being a brand in the age of transparency

Monday, 20 May 2019 — Annie Hollister-Jones

It’s not enough not to know anymore. In fact, it’s not even enough to know, but not share.

On 24 April, 2013, the eight-story Rana Plaza building housing several garment factories was reduced to rubble. This factory was situated in Savar, 24 kilometers outside Dhaka, and collapsed due to structural failure. When owners first discovered these cracks in the building, garment workers were ordered to return to work despite the danger, and sadly, many paid for this with their lives. The collapse of Rana Plaza led to the death of at least 1,132 people and injured more than 2,500.

Annie from the Ethical Fashion Guide team is here to explain how transparency has become the new currency of trust in the fashion industry, and how companies have improved since the Rana Plaza disaster.

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A Biblical Lens on Mozambique

A Biblical Lens on Mozambique

Friday, 17 May 2019 — Sean du Toit

When disasters like the Mozambique cyclones strike, we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and disheartened by the scale of human suffering. Our Restore cause is based on the biblical belief that we are called to respond with compassion to those in need and that we have a duty to seek 'shalom' in this world. Often, this can seem like a discouraging and overwhelming mission – but we believe that we are called to work towards the redemption of this world here and now. We also believe that ultimately, we will see redemption completed through Jesus.

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A Celebration of Humanity

A Celebration of Humanity

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 — Helen Manson

To celebrate Mothers Day, Tearfund partnered with award winning humanitarian photographer Helen Manson to share stories of remarkable mothers around the world. This May 19-26, Helen will be taking people behind the lens and onto the front lines of some of our world’s most challenging places through a nationwide photography and speaking tour called ‘A Celebration of Humanity’. You can register for your free ticket here.

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Ethical Fashion Guide 2019. Tearfund

Ethical Fashion Guide 2019. Tearfund's Official Media Release

Monday, 08 April 2019 — Claire Hart

Check out our official Ethical Fashion Guide 2019 Media Release:

TEARFUND ETHICAL FASHION REPORT: SOME NZ COMPANIES LEAD THE CHARGE WHILE OTHERS FALL BEHIND

An ethical fashion report launched today by Tearfund New Zealand shows some Kiwi companies are leading the charge in ethical fashion, with top performers such as Icebreaker and Kowtow outranking global brands. However, it’s not all good news for New Zealand fashion, with a high number of NZ companies also represented in the D and F grades.

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Does Tearfund discriminate when helping people in need?

Does Tearfund discriminate when helping people in need?

Thursday, 28 March 2019 — John Watson

Imagine this scenario: You’re handing out food baskets to refugees fleeing a conflict. There are women, children, and men asking for help, including several from the local population who aren’t refugees. Several wounded fighters are asking for help including those from a terrorist group and those from an oppressive military regime largely responsible for creating refugees. You don’t have enough aid to provide to everyone. So, who do you give it to, and in which order? Find out in John's blog.

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Christchurch Response

Christchurch Response

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 — Ian McInnes

Friday, March 15, will be marked as one of New Zealand’s darkest days, in the wake of the heartless terrorist act which killed 50 people and left many others injured.

As an organisation, Tearfund works alongside people of all ethnicities and religions affected by tragedy and violent conflict overseas. We are devastated that this act of premeditated evil happened on our own soil, and strongly reject any ideology which advocates or condones such violence.

We stand in solidarity with our Muslim community and share in their pain.

You can help support Tearfund’s work with refugee families and churches in Christchurch affected by the tragedy.

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A Celebration of Women From Around the World

A Celebration of Women From Around the World

Thursday, 07 March 2019 — Sophie Rice

On International Women’s Day, we’re taking our hats off to some of the incredible women we partner with from around the world to see lives set free by the power of Jesus.

Around 25 million people are enslaved in forced labour exploitation right now. Of this, 4.8 million—the population of New Zealand—are trapped in forced commercial sexual exploitation.
99% of these are women and girls.

Here are three stories from three inspirational women from Nepal, Thailand and here in NZ who are seeking justice and freedom from trafficking and exploitation all over the world.

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The Day I Met My Sponsor Children

The Day I Met My Sponsor Children

Friday, 15 February 2019 — Rachel Jenkins

After spending time with the Mwangaza Children’s choir last year, our staff member, Rachel, had the idea to sponsor a child deeply placed on her heart. “Enter into my life Joy and Leticia, my two beautiful girls from Uganda, and the beginning of an amazing and humbling sponsorship journey that took me to visit them!" Here's a glimpse of her life-changing trip.

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Can Charity Alone Tackle Poverty?

Can Charity Alone Tackle Poverty?

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 — Keith Ramsay

I have been thinking about the word ‘charity’. The dictionary states that charity is the “voluntary giving of help to those in need”. It’s a good thing to do, but as followers of Christ, the voluntary aspect of charity causes me some problem.

It is true that God gives us free will to do whatever we want with what he has given us—gifts, talents, a privileged position in the world, but what does he expect us to do with these things? Is helping the poor optional?

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A Day in the Life of a Programmes Specialist

A Day in the Life of a Programmes Specialist

Tuesday, 08 January 2019 — Joanne Wieland

Join me for a few days in the life of a devkid (aka Tearfund Development Specialist). A role that is different each day, where connections are made across oceans and learning goes both ways. A few days visiting those who are running the projects that Tearfund supports, doing what they do best, bringing care and change to local communities.

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Why should I help people overseas when people in NZ need help? 

Why should I help people overseas when people in NZ need help? 

Monday, 17 December 2018 — John Watson

This is a question we’re asked most around the holiday season and it’s a worthy one because there are people in need in New Zealand and they should absolutely be helped.

As Christians we see it as ‘both’ rather than ‘either or’ when it comes to giving.

Jesus asks us to love our neighbour, and in the parable of the Good Samaritan he demonstrates that our neighbour is anyone in need, regardless of boundaries and barriers.

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How do you grasp hope in the midst of a disaster?

How do you grasp hope in the midst of a disaster?

Thursday, 13 December 2018 — Sophie Rice

Over the few years I’ve worked at Tearfund, I’ve seen us respond to numerous disasters. And over time, I’ve found a weight of hopelessness can grow in you over the destruction that injustice and poverty inflict on people. But hearing Kevin Riddell, one of our senior Programmes Specialists, talk about disaster response as the first step on a journey from disaster to community development; from hopelessness to hope, from devastated communities to ones that are flourishing, helped to give me hope.

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Do you actually send goats? Gift for Life Q&A

Do you actually send goats? Gift for Life Q&A

Friday, 07 December 2018 — Laura Brookes

Every year without fail, we're asked a bunch of honest, raw and sometimes downright hilarious questions about Gift for Life — our catalogue filled with unique and meaningful gifts that can be purchased for someone in the developing world. But there’s one question that comes up repeatedly. Do we actually send goats from New Zealand to families overseas? Read on to find out!

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The Lebanese Church shining a light in the darkness

The Lebanese Church shining a light in the darkness

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 — Kerrie Palma

The church in action is truly an inspirational thing. When communities of Christians unite over a common cause and focus their energy and care and prayers in an outward direction, God moves in power - this is the situation in Lebanon as the local church responds to the Syrian refugee crisis.

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The Man I

The Man I'll Never Forget

Friday, 16 November 2018 — Helen Manson

You know how you can meet some people and they can have such a profound impact on you that you just know you’ll never forget them? I had one of those experiences when I was in Lebanon recently with a man called Bassam. Pastor Bassam's heart breaks for his former enemies, Syrian refugees. This is his story.

 

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Your Top 6 Questions Answered on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Your Top 6 Questions Answered on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Thursday, 11 October 2018 — Helen Manson

Whether it’s on the phone, on our Facebook page or through email – we’ve been thrilled to see how many of you want to learn and understand more about one of the world’s largest refugee crises. So here’s the Top 6 questions you’ve been asking and the answers to go with them.

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What is Disaster Risk Reduction? And what difference does it really make?

What is Disaster Risk Reduction? And what difference does it really make?

Thursday, 13 September 2018 — Keith Ramsay

For us in New Zealand, disasters are not nearly as frequent as they are in low-income countries and the people Tearfund works with are much more vulnerable in disasters than New Zealanders, as they don’t have the same resources to reduce their risk or to cope with the aftermath. So what is Disaster Risk Reduction? And what difference can it really make? Read on to find out the power of DRR!

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International Youth Day #SafeSpaces4Youth

International Youth Day #SafeSpaces4Youth

Friday, 10 August 2018 — Rosie Paterson

On International #YouthDay, our Programmes Specialist, Rosie, reflects on her own upbringing and celebrates the positive change young people in tough places can make, in the spirit of this year's United Nations theme #SafeSpaces4Youth.

At Tearfund, youth and community development matters to us. We see young people as key leaders with the potential to bring about significant change in their own communities. We believe all young people in Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad have the right to fun, engaging, inclusive and safe spaces.

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Child Slavery on Lake Volta: 15 Powerful Photos To Make You Think

Child Slavery on Lake Volta: 15 Powerful Photos To Make You Think

Monday, 06 August 2018 — Sophie Rice

Millions of children around the world remain trapped in child labour. Ebenezer Agoa was six years old when he was sent to work on Lake Volta in Ghana: a notorious hotbed of child slavery. Check out 15 powerful photos that capture life on the lake.

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Exposing Exploitation

Exposing Exploitation

Monday, 06 August 2018 — John Watson

There are more people trapped in slavery today than ever before in recorded history.

Why have the numbers increased? What’s the difference between slavery and human trafficking? What are the different forms of exploitation?

Check out the low-down on slavery, trafficking and exploitation with these Q&As.

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How much of my donation actually ends up helping people?

How much of my donation actually ends up helping people?

Friday, 03 August 2018 — John Watson

We know this is a really important question for people and it’s one we get asked often. The short answer is: around 75% of your donation funds our international programmes and the other 25% pays for administration and marketing (among the lowest for comparable NZ charities). 

However, there’s an even better question to ask because according to research conducted by Giving Evidence and Givewell, a low administration cost isn’t necessarily a good thing...

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Eating is a Justice Issue

Eating is a Justice Issue

Thursday, 12 July 2018 — Murray Sheard

What has food got to do with faith and justice? Lots, it turns out. We take food for granted, yet eating represents one of our most powerful engagement with the natural world. It remakes the physical landscape, determines how we use land, and defines core components of our lifestyle. How we source our food has a profound effect on global justice, carbon emissions, and hunger prevention.

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Interview with Safia Minney, Ethical Fashion Expert

Interview with Safia Minney, Ethical Fashion Expert

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 — Claire Hart

We recently sat down to chat with Safia Minney, the founder of the pioneering ethical fashion brand People Tree, which was the first Fairtrade certified fashion brand.

You might recognise her from The True Cost documentary, or from her recently released Slave to Fashion book. Safia and People Tree are world leaders in the ethical fashion industry, and we're incredibly thankful and proud to be able to share the exclusive interview with you.

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