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Tearfund Ireland Annual Report and Accounts

2011–12 Year ended 31 March 2012


Myanmar Child malnutrition rates have dropped as women have worked together in self-help groups to grow more vegetables

IRELAND CEO Reuben Coulter met with MEP Gay Mitchell to ask him to Unearth the Truth on corruption

EAST AFRICA REGION Periods of drought affect this region on a regular basis. By improving irrigation techniques and introducing drought-resistant crops, local farmers are more resilient to withstanding the natural disaster

Malawi The fastest way for a pregnant woman to get to hospital in Malawi is by bicycleambulance. This has dramatically reduced the number of women dying during labour


Front cover photo: Layton Thompson/Tearfund. East Africa photo: Bernard Henin/Tearfund. Ethiopia photo: Eleanor Bentall/Tearfund.

The company is limited by guarantee and does not have a share capital. The company has been granted charitable status by the Revenue Commissioners under reference CHY 8600.

More than 60% of Ethiopians are illiterate but, thanks to a church’s network of self-help groups, women are able to read and write


Foreword from the Board ChairMAN

3 Foreword from the Board Chairman

Tearfund Ireland is entering an exciting new season and the past year has been one of change.


I would like to thank you for your commitment to Tearfund Ireland. Our income grew to €817,958, which has allowed us to transform even more lives this year. This 60 per cent increase in income is a real miracle in such challenging times.


The devastating drought in East Africa was the focus of much of our work in 2011. It’s difficult for us here in Ireland to imagine what it’s like to live in a country where there is no rain for months on end – and how much pain and suffering this causes for communities that depend on the land for the food they eat. Yet, Tearfund‘s dedicated partners supported vulnerable communities in East Africa to put safeguards in place, so they can better withstand the changing climate in years to come. A highlight this year has been funding from the Irish government for our work in Malawi to prevent pregnant women from passing HIV on to their unborn child. The government has recognised not only the experience and professionalism of Tearfund, but also that our model of working through local churches is truly transforming the lives of the world’s poorest people. I’ve been inspired to see the positive impact that local churches can have when they speak out and campaign for justice. This year we have been able to advocate for better services in the rural villages of Ethiopia, challenge corruption among businesses and government officials in Uganda and influence legislation in the European Parliament to ensure greater transparency in the operations of international mining companies. I would like to thank all Tearfund Ireland’s staff, volunteers and advisers for their commitment and enthusiasm. This has enabled us to engage with churches across Ireland and keep our administration costs low. We will continue to be careful stewards of your generous donations, with the cost of generating funds accounting for 13 per cent, administrative costs eight per cent and governance costs one per cent. It is with sadness that we say farewell to Reuben Coulter who has been our Chief Executive over the past four years. We have travelled a long way under his inspirational leadership. I hope that he will continue to be closely involved as a member of the Board of Tearfund Ireland. However, there is so much more to be done and we look forward to appointing a new Chief Executive. On page 17, we have set out our priorities for the coming year. As we enter a new season, we appreciate your continued support.

Our transformational work in 2011–2012

Development programmes

11 Emergency response programmes

12 Equipping churches across Ireland

13 How your giving can transform lives

13 Professional standards

14 Financial statement

16 Financial management and governance

17 Future plans

18 Directors and other information

Dr David Weakliam Chairman 30 May, 2012

David is a consultant in public health medicine with the Health Service Executive (HSE). He has worked in the area of international health since 1988, including 12 years working with Tearfund and other development agencies in Nepal, Liberia, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. Following his return to Ireland, he worked as a health adviser with Irish Aid, the government overseas aid programme, from 2003 to 2007.

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Our transformational work

Our transformational work in 2011–2012 This past year, thanks to your generosity, our income grew to €817,958. This is an incredible growth of 60 per cent on the previous year, due to your generous support for the East Africa crisis and also due to funding received from the Irish government. This has enabled us to transform the lives of tens of thousands of people through our local partners’ development work in seven countries and emergency response work in two countries.

Tearfund Ireland works through partnership mechanisms established by Tearfund in the UK, to reduce administration costs and ensure accountability. Projects are sometimes jointly funded by other donors, and the results that we set out in this report reflect these combined efforts. This year, our organisational costs were 22 per cent. This was a slight increase on the previous year due to investment in increasing staff capacity to allow our work to grow. This money is used to monitor programmes, fundraise and manage the Dublin office.










Church mobilisation




Forgotten children




Vulnerable women


€400 €300 43%

€200 €100 €0




2012 14%

Emergencies Development Irish Aid













Myanmar East Africa Malawi


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Tearfund Ireland Annual Report and Accounts 2011–12 Marcus Perkins/Tearfund


Development programmes

Development programmes We have continued to focus on our priority issues of orphaned children, vulnerable women and HIV in our seven programme countries. We work primarily through local churches, using a ‘church and community mobilisation process’ (CCMP). Local churches facilitate change within their own communities by helping local people identify their needs and discover how they can use local resources to bring about solutions. Our experience has shown that this leads to local ownership and truly sustainable transformation.

MALAWI Area: 118,480 sq km Population: 15 million GDP per capita: US$ 753 Infant mortality (per 1,000 births): 110

Malawi & Irish Aid In Malawi, one in five children born to a mother with HIV is infected – and, if they can’t access antiretroviral medicines (ARVs), it’s a potential death sentence at birth. However, the risk of mother-to-child transmission can be dramatically reduced with a number of low-cost interventions.

Life expectancy: 54 years

Tearfund Ireland has secured three years’ funding from the Irish government that will enable local partners in Malawi to test 6,500 mothers and train up a network of volunteers to provide ‘buddy’ support to mothers living with HIV.

Living with HIV: 11%


Literacy rate: 83%

Livingstonia Synod AIDS Project, Evangelical Association of Malawi.

Global Hunger ranking: 153

Key achievements

Human Development ranking: 171 (out of 177)

This project was only launched in January 2012, so it is too early to report on progress towards its aims and objectives. A lifeline to mothers In rural Malawi, pregant mother Evelyn joined more than 170 people at a testing and counselling clinic that was held during a church service one Sunday. ‘I was very afraid when I found out I had HIV,’ whispers Evelyn, who was pregnant with her first child at the time. ‘I thought there was no hope for me and my child. I thought this was a death sentence.’ However, Tearfund partner ensured she received medicine so she could prevent the HIV being passed on to her unborn baby. A volunteer ‘buddy’ from the local church in Chitera offered to take her to the health clinic on a bicycle ambulance (pictured on page 2) so she could receive ARVs that would build up her strength. Throughout the pregnancy, Evelyn’s ‘buddy’ provided continuous support and prayer – encouraging her to keep going with the ARV medicines, despite the side-effects of nausea and vomiting.

Evelyn and baby Ztembele in church

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A few months later, Evelyn gave birth to a baby boy, Ztembele, which means ‘thanks’. And recently, Ztembele tested negative for HIV. ‘Without the medicines, my buddy and my church, I would be telling a different story today,’ says Evelyn. She now wants to be trained as a ‘mother buddy’ so she can help mothers in similar situations.

Development programmes

Myanmar Until 2011, a military junta ruled Myanmar for nearly five decades and the country suffered from extreme poverty and human rights abuses. However, over the past ten months, there have been significant changes, with improving human rights conditions and moves towards freedom of speech. There has been long-standing conflict in Myanmar between the government and ethnic groups such as the Karen and Kachin. The Karen National Union signed a peace treaty on 13 January, 2012, but the conflict in Kachin state has not been resolved and the situation remains volatile.

MYANMAR Area: 676,578 sq km Population: 49 million GDP per capita: US$ 904 Life expectancy: 61 years Living with HIV: 1.7% Literacy rate: 90%


Global Hunger ranking: 50

World Concern Myanmar, Mekong Consortium – Mekong Minority Foundation, Myanmar Baptist Convention.

Human Development ranking: 138 (out of 177)

Key achievements • N  inety self-help groups were established to enable vulnerable women to work together to improve their lives. These women have been trained in microbusiness skills, including basic financial management. • R  isk awareness of HIV, trafficking and migration was conducted in 18 rural villages. • F ive animal breeding projects were established and animal health training workshops conducted. When the animal reproduces, the family keeps the offspring and returns the original animal to the ‘bank’ so other families can benefit. Case study Business is difficult at the best of times but in Myanmar it can seem impossible. Nin, a young mother, was struggling to make ends meet on her own. She grew vegetables to sell in a local market but getting to market was an arduous eight-hour trek through the jungle and she could only carry small loads. Nin dreamt of being able to own a small motorbike to transport her produce but knew this was out of her reach. That was before Tearfund’s local partner mobilised Nin and the other villagers to form a self-help group. They began to work collectively on each other’s farms and began saving together. In January 2011, they’d saved up enough to make a deposit on a loan for a three-wheeled motorbike. It’s made such a difference in their lives. Now they are able to transport large quantities of fresh vegetables to market easily and sell more of their produce. They are well on their way to paying off the loan and using the additional income to buy school books for their children. Andrew Philip/Tearfund

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Development programmes

INDIA Area: 3,287,240 sq km Population: 1.2 billion GDP per capita: US$ 2,753 Infant mortality (per 1,000 births): 101

India An estimated 37 per cent of Indians live below the country’s national poverty line and eight Indian states have more poor people living within them than the 26 poorest African nations combined. Yet, in contrast, India’s economy continues to grow rapidly in urban areas, with a tiny minority becoming extremely wealthy. The challenge for the government and for the church is identifying how to distribute resources more equitably and create a more sustainable society.

Life expectancy: 63 years


Living with HIV: 0.34%

Imcares, Oasis India.

Literacy rate: 66%

Key achievements

Global Hunger ranking: 67

• E ighty families affected by AIDS received regular counselling, home visits and care.

Human Development ranking: 134 (out of 177)

 ore than 8,000 vulnerable people received basic healthcare, thanks to a • M mobile medical clinic. • T wenty pastors and their churches were mobilised to address HIV in their communities and to care for people living with HIV. • M  ore than 180 women and more than 290 girls were supported to help them leave prostitution and were given counselling and practical support through a rehabilitation and care programme.

Tim Clarke/Tearfund

UGANDA Area: 241,000 sq km Population: 28.9 million GDP per capita: US$ 303 Infant mortality (per 1,000 births): 79

• F ifty-four women and 82 girls received job skills training – in skills such as hairdressing or sewing – to help them find employment or set up a small business.

Uganda Uganda has vast, untapped oil reserves. Over the past 18 months, the government and Tullow Oil, an Anglo-Irish company, have been at loggerheads over disputed tax payments. Civic activists are campaigning for greater transparency in the deals, amid allegations of extensive bribery of government officials by Tullow Oil. Tearfund is working with local partners and churches to encourage accountability in local government and international companies (see page 12).

Life expectancy: 49.7 years


Living with HIV: 6.7%

The Aid Intervention Programme (TAIP), Assemblies of God.

Literacy rate: 66.8%

Key achievements

Global Hunger ranking: 40

• S eventeen partner churches were strengthened in HIV and AIDS care and prevention through training.

Human Development ranking: 154 (out of 177)

• L iving conditions for more than 250 vulnerable women were improved through seed grants and training to enable them to start small businesses. • F ive hundred orphaned children were supported by church volunteers and became involved in speaking out about issues which affect them.

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Development programmes

Zimbabwe After years of economic and social destruction, the Zimbabwean economy has recorded some progress toward stability. Zimbabwe’s power-sharing coalition, which was formed after the disputed and troubled elections in 2008, has managed to stay together. President Robert Mugabe has called for elections in 2012 but civil society campaigners feel that polling cannot proceed until constitutional reforms are complete. There are also fears that elections will destabilise the country and lead to renewed violence.

ZIMBABWE Area: 390,757 sq km Population: 12.6 million GDP per capita: US$ 187 Infant mortality (per 1,000 births): 96 Life expectancy: 47 years


Living with HIV: 20.1%

ZOE (Zimbabwe Orphans through Extended Hands), Viva Zimbabwe, Christian AIDS Taskforce.

Literacy rate: 92.6% Global Hunger ranking: 59

Key achievements

Human Development ranking: 169 (out of 177)

• A  research and mapping report on children at risk in Harare was published, to enable churches and communities to work together more effectively. • M  ore than 500 orphaned children were cared for in their local community and they received regular support from trained volunteers. • M  ore than 180 church leaders were envisioned to mobilise their churches to care for vulnerable children. • C  onsultations were held with 14 churches to enable them to address gender inequality and domestic violence in their communities. • A  s part of a scheme to help orphaned children generate income, more than 120 children were given animals, veterinary support and basic training in looking after livestock. • S ixty-three orphaned children attended workshops on basic enterprise skills, to help them set up businesses. • M  ore than 350 volunteers, representing 126 churches, were trained to promote children’s rights, provide trauma support and be an advocate for orphans. • A  library was established in Bulawayo to make educational text books more widely available to poor families who cannot afford to purchase them. In Zimbabwe, most orphaned children are cared for by extended family or by community members. Only 5,000 orphans live in institutional residential care. Research has shown that poverty is the key reason why children are placed in orphanages: 40 per cent have a surviving parent and 60 per cent have traceable relatives (Better Care, 2010).

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Children at Risk in Harare February 2012

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Development programmes

ETHIOPIA Area: 1,100,000 sq km Population: 84.9 million GDP per capita: US$ 991 Infant mortality (per 1,000 births): 109 Life expectancy: 56.1 years Living with HIV: 2.1% Literacy rate: 35.9% Global Hunger ranking: 80 Human Development ranking: 157 (out of 177)

Ethiopia The Ethiopian economy is continuing to grow rapidly. However, the government has been restricting the freedom of civil society to act and is increasingly curbing freedom of expression. Meanwhile, the self-help groups of Kale Heywet Church are expanding rapidly and having enormous impact on their communities. They are urging local government to provide fairer policies and better services. Partner Kale Heywet Church (KHC). Key achievements • T hirteen new local churches and 83 leaders participated in workshops about how churches can mobilise their communities to work together to find solutions to local issues. • F ollowing these workshops, 73 self-help groups (SHGs) have been formed to serve 1,460 poor households. Group members were able to save together and borrow money to invest in their micro-businesses. Already, the women are seeing improvements in their families’ standard of living as they begin to save and grow their businesses.  overnment officials and local churches worked together to set up these SHGs • G and this has improved the standing of local churches with the government.

Marcus Perkins/Tearfund

CAMBODIA Area: 181,000 sq km Population: 14 million GDP per capita: US$ 440 Infant mortality (per 1,000 births): 98

Cambodia In August 2011, Unicef in Cambodia approached Tearfund’s local partner, International Cooperation Cambodia (ICC), for help in dealing with a crisis situation, in recognition of ICC’s expertise in integrating children into foster families. This has led to the development of a model that we hope will be used to help other orphanages make the transition to community-based care of children. Partners

Life expectancy: 58 years

Cambodian Hope Organisation, International Cooperation Cambodia (ICC).

Living with HIV: 2.6%

Key achievements

Literacy rate: 73.6% Global Hunger ranking: 58

• T wo hundred rural families were taught new methods of farming and irrigation to improve crop yields.

Human Development ranking: 131 (out of 177)

• P  igs were provided for breeding to 100 vulnerable families, enabling them to generate income. • T hree hundred families received skills training and loans to help them start and manage their own small business. • M  ore than 180 orphaned children were assessed and placed in suitable foster families.

Ralph Hodgson/Tearfund

• F ollowing recommendations made by ICC, the Cambodian government established a national independent complaints process. This involved forming a committee to oversee orphanage-related complaints.

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Emergency response

Emergency response programmes East Africa drought In 2011, a severe drought affected the entire East Africa region. It was the worst drought the region had experienced in 60 years and caused severe food shortages across Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. More than 12 million people suffered. Many refugees fled from southern Somalia to camps in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia as Islamist militants blocked aid to affected areas. Tearfund has invested in poor communities in Ethiopia for the past 20 years – teaching farmers improved irrigation methods and how to plant drought-resistant crops, and helping women start small businesses. Those measures proved to be more than sufficient to help families survive the drought. Partners Christian Community Services of Mount Kenya East, Ethiopian Mulu Wongel Amagnoch Church Development Organisation, Wolaita Kale Heywet Church, World Concern Development Organisation.

Building resilient communities in Ethiopia ‘When we started our self-help group, people laughed at us,’ says Tsgesh Shalamu, a widow in Awassa. ‘“What difference does saving 1 birr (4c) a week make?” they said. But now we support each other and more people want to be part of it. When my husband passed away, I started making injera [bread] with the loan I got, and now I can support my children.’ Thanks to the self-help groups being set up across Ethiopia, families such as Tsgesh’s are much more resilient to cope with natural disasters. When a drought strikes, they go hungry, but they no longer face starvation.

Key achievements • E mergency water was supplied to 1,200 people in eight villages in Marsabit district, northern Kenya. • E mergency food rations and water were supplied to 14,570 people in the Oromiyaa region, Ethiopia. • A  cash-for-work programme was established to support vulnerable families in the Offa and Kindo Koysha districts of Ethiopia. This allowed eroded land to be reclaimed by constructing drains and terraces on 38 hectares of land. More than 7,000 malnourished children under the age of five were supported. • In Somalia, more than 500 displaced families were supported with food, water, temporary shelter and household items.

Myanmar: conflict in Kachin In June 2011, fighting broke out in Kachin state between troops of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and those of the Myanmar government. Villages in the conflict zones were burnt to the ground and many Kachin people were beaten, arrested and raped. More than 60,000 people fled and took refuge in temporary camps. For thousands of people who are unable to return home, Tearfund’s partner ‘World Concern Myanmar’ is a lifeline. Partner World Concern Myanmar. Key achievements • 1 80 families were supported with emergency food rations, clean water and shelter in displaced people’s camps. • It is hoped these families will be able to return home during 2012–13 and will be supported to rebuild their livelihoods. Ralph Hodgson/Tearfund

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Equipping churches

Equipping churches across Ireland Hundreds of Tearfund supporters were mobilised across the country with our Unearth the Truth campaign. The campaign sought to influence European Union legislation on financial transparency for international mining companies working in developing countries. In Africa alone, the exports of oil, gas and minerals are worth roughly nine times the amount given to the continent in aid, yet very few of the revenues generated ever benefit local communities. As a result of Tearfund’s campaign, Gay Mitchell, MEP and Joint Coordinator (leader) of the European Parliament’s Development Committee, agreed to consult with his colleagues on the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee to ensure that rigorous legislation would be implemented.

‘I’m encouraged that Irish Christians are speaking out on issues of justice. I want to ensure transparency and fairness in trading relationships with Africa.’ Gay Mitchell MEP Our third annual conference for church leaders on social justice (Living Faith 2012) was a great success: more than 220 people attended the Dublin and Cork events. It was exciting to see churches in Ireland debate their role in Irish and global society and consider how they could be involved in transformational development. Key achievements • T he Unearth the Truth campaign led to Gay Mitchell MEP raising the issue of transparency and accountability in the European Parliament – with the aim of influencing new legislation.  ore than 220 church leaders attended the Living Faith conference with Dr • M Craig Blomberg, held in Dublin and Cork in January 2012.  weekly radio slot was established on Spirit FM, 12 articles were published in • A national newspapers and magazines, and more than 50 speaking engagements were held at churches and conferences across Ireland.  undreds of individuals and an estimated 34 churches across the country used • H our Lent resources. • Volunteer teams visited Tearfund’s partners in India and Ethiopia. Dr David Weakliam, Chair of Tearfund Ireland, presenting at our East Africa evening in September 2011 Photo: Krista Burns

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transforming through giving

How your giving can transform lives At Tearfund, we believe that we should be able to demonstrate the results of our work and show how we are using sacrificial giving to transform lives. However, in our line of work, results are hard to measure. When we talk about a ‘transformed life’, what does it mean? In measuring the impact of our work, we endeavour to provide both quantitative and qualitative information. We have developed rigorous partner selection procedures and closely monitor the progress of our partners’ work. Field visits are conducted regularly. The criteria we use to evaluate our projects are: • Impact – What changes have occurred in the lives of the people? Have the underlying causes of the problem been dealt with? • E  ffectiveness – Have the objectives of the project been achieved? • E  fficiency – Were the resources used as wisely as possible? • S  ustainability – Will the impact last beyond the span of this project? • R  elevance – Did the project address the most critical needs of the people?

Investing in transformation Becoming a major donor is an opportunity to invest in transforming lives and have a strategic impact on development work in a community. We can help you identify a project that focuses on a particular issue, or one which is based in a country that you feel passionate about. You can choose to make a one-off donation or provide funding over a number of years. Giving to a specific project enables you to engage closely with a partner and its communities. Trips to meet partners and see their work in action are sometimes feasible. We can also provide regular detailed reports showing how your money has been used and the impact of your investment. At Tearfund, we know that extreme poverty can take away people’s choices, but it can’t take away their ability or potential. With your help, we can support that potential. Please contact our office on 01 878 3200 or email to discuss how you can invest in transformation.

Professional standards We believe in maintaining the highest standard of professionalism throughout our work. We’ve signed up to a range of internationally recognised standards – because they enshrine our principles and our respect for the people we support. Tearfund is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief. This means that our ‘aid is given regardless of the race, creed or nationality of the recipients and without adverse distinction of any kind. Aid priorities are calculated on the basis of need alone.’

We are committed to the high technical quality of our projects, as laid out in the Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response and the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership. We are members of Dóchas, an umbrella body of Irish development charities and signatories to the Code of Conduct on Images and Messages. We are part of the Viva Network, a global movement of Christians which has 81 network initiatives in 48 countries – helping 1.2 million children.

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Financial statement



In the year ending 31 March 2012, Tearfund Ireland’s income was €817,958.




Restricted Unrestricted




funds funds funds funds

€ € € €


Income Grants and donations



Tax refunded Gifts in kind


Other income

RESOURCES EXPENDED Charitable activities





– 50,675 50,675 43,421 –


12,000 1,675 13,675 3,494 614,556 203,402 817,958 508,267 (549,259) (75,049) (624,308) (398,086)

Cost of generating funds



Administrative costs


(54,742) (12,338) (67,080) (44,400)

Governance costs


(6,783) (1,532) (8,315) (12,612)

Transfer to restricted from unrestricted funds Operating surplus/(deficit)





(82,452) – – 12,597 12,597 (9,014)

Other interest receivable and similar income 4,163 Surplus/(deficit) on ordinary activities


– Continuing operations 16,760


Retained surplus/(deficit) for the year 16,760 (5,890) Retained surplus brought forward 55,165 Retained surplus carried forward 71,925

61,055 55,165

There are no recognised surpluses or deficits other than the surplus or deficit for the above two financial years. It is the policy of Tearfund to distribute funds to specified projects as quickly as possible. Delays in aid projects occasionally arise which necessitate the holding back of remittances. At the year end, all restricted reserves were committed in full to the overseas projects selected. The financial statements were approved by the board and signed on its behalf by: Paraic O’Toole

David Weakliam

Director Director

Tearfund Ireland’s audit was conducted by Lewis & Co in accordance with standards issued by the Auditing Practices Board in Ireland and the UK, and was approved by the Board. Full audited accounts can be obtained from the Companies Registration Office ( or from Tearfund on request.


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Financial statement



FIXED ASSETS Tangible assets



€ € € €

Note 1






Cash at bank Creditors: amounts falling due within one year


6,141 5,480 248,578 116,110 254,719 121,590 (191,097) (77,917)

Net current assets 63,621 43,673 Total assets less current liabilities 71,925 55,165

Net assets 71,925 55,165 Reserves

Unrestricted reserves 71,925 55,165 Unrestricted funds 71,925 55,165 It is the policy of Tearfund to distribute funds to specified projects as quickly as possible. Delays in aid projects occasionally arise which necessitate the holding back of remittances. At the year end, all restricted reserves were committed in full to overseas projects selected. Unrestricted reserves will be allocated to projects after careful review of proposals by the Development Committee. The financial statements were approved by the Board and signed on its behalf by: Paraic O’Toole

David Weakliam

Director Director

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management, structure, governance

Financial management and governance

From left to right: Lydia Monds, Education Adviser for Bishops’ Appeal; Catherine Muigai Mwangi, Kenyan Ambassador; Linda Chambers, USPG CEO; Felix Blennerhassett, SAMS Ireland; Bishop Michael Burrows; Tshaye Gebrekidan Mekonen, Ethiopian Minister; Reuben Coulter, Tearfund Ireland CEO

Tearfund Ireland’s income has grown by 60 per cent over the past year to €817,958. The majority of Tearfund Ireland’s income (71 per cent) came from generous supporters and churches in the Republic of Ireland. Tearfund Ireland has built relationships with trusts and foundations in Ireland, and grant-making organisations, including the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal, Dublin City Council and Electric Aid. Tearfund Ireland received the first year’s instalment of a threeyear block grant of €588,000 (2011–2014) from the Irish government for its work to prevent the spread of HIV in Malawi. As a registered charity, Tearfund Ireland was able to reclaim €50,675 back in tax for the calendar years 2009 and 2010. Tearfund Ireland uses its finances effectively and maintains low organisational costs to ensure help reaches those in greatest need. This is made possible through the support of enthusiastic volunteers who raise funds, pray, work in our office and share our vision with others. The Board of Directors is committed to ensuring organisational costs remain low while also investing in the continued development of the organisation.

Structure, governance and management of the organisation The Board of Directors, which meets at least five times a year, is responsible for the strategic direction of Tearfund Ireland – setting targets, signing off annual plans and budgets, and reviewing the outcomes of the statutory audit. Directors are appointed by the members at the Annual General Meeting and are selected based on criteria established in the Board’s Terms of Reference. The Board may also appoint a director to serve until the next Annual General Meeting, at which time he or she would cease to hold office but would be eligible for election.

Reuben Coulter with Sheila MacDougal, founding volunteer of Tearfund Ireland

There are currently six serving directors. Susan Heaney joined the Board in February 2012. An induction procedure is currently being developed for new directors. A Code of Corporate Governance (based on Dóchas’s code) guides the Board in its role, and the functioning of the Board is monitored against this. The Board delegates the operational management of the company to the chief executive. The Development Advisory Committee (DC), a sub-committee of the Board, ensures that Tearfund Ireland utilises and allocates its financial resources effectively and is following internationally recognised best practice in relief and development. The DC must have at least two directors on it. The Board approves funding made available for grants and delegates authority to the DC for its decision on which projects are supported. The DC reports its decisions and actions to the Board in writing. The treasurer ensures financial accountability and oversees effective management of funds. The Board approved a Financial policy and procedures manual in 2011. An Audit and Risk Management sub-committee was established in 2011 and is strengthening internal controls and procedures, by identifying future risks and reporting to the Board.

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Future plans In 2012–2013, we aim to: • D  evelop a new organisational strategic plan for 2013–2018, building on lessons learnt from our four years of operation. • Implement a new financial management system to improve efficiency and accountability. • S trengthen our national and international partnerships, through Dóchas and by becoming members of EU-CORD, a European alliance of NGOs. • Increase our income through greater engagement with the Irish government and other institutional donors. Andrew Philip/Tearfund

• U  se Ethiopia’s extensive network of self-help groups to enable church congregations and communities to work together to bring holistic transformation, and then identify how this model can be replicated in other countries. • E nsure the success of the ‘Prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child’ programme in Malawi, by building the capacity of our local partners.

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Reuben Coulter/Tearfund

• E valuate our vulnerable children initiatives around the world and share the learning with all our partners.


Directors and other information

Directors and other information Directors Dr David Weakliam (Chair) Paraic O’Toole Dr Oghenovo Osa Oghuvbu Richard Barkley (Treasurer and Secretary) Richard Philips Susan Heaney (appointed February 2012)

Development Advisory Committee Richard Philips (Chair) Dr David Weakliam Lucy Hill Dr Michael O’Toole Chief Executive

Reuben Coulter


Richard Barkley

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The company is limited by guarantee and does not have a share capital. The company has been granted charitable status by the Revenue Commissioners under reference CHY 8600.

Photo inside back cover: In Malawi, mum Agnes, who is living with HIV, is among hundreds of women who are benefiting from church-based care. Layton Thompson/Tearfund.

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Tearfund Ireland Annual Report and Accounts 2011–12

Across Asia, church leaders such as these in Myanmar have taken part in training to learn about how to initiate long-term, community-led transformation. Photo: Andrew Philip/Tearfund. Tearfund Ireland, 5–7 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 01 878 3200 Registered Charity No. CHY 8600

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