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Stronger together Ethiopia’s self-help revolution Pursuing peace, restoring hope In Syria and the Philippines Seeds of hope How change is like an elephant

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e can all be forgiven for feeling daunted at the scale of need that faces us, even on our doorstep sometimes.

Perhaps we can be forgiven for wanting to bury our head in the sand. We feel totally inadequate in the face of tragedies such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines – and of course we are.

Pursuing peace in Syria “

Syria has become the great tragedy of this century – a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history.

But, knowing our weakness, God calls us to partner with him, to share in the joy of watching what happens when people unite for change, for his glory.

António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

And this edition of Tear Times is full of stories about the amazing things that can happen when the local church, people like you and I, pull together and dare to hope that things can be different.

It’s the biggest humanitarian crisis of this century – with no end in sight. So, how do we pray for a crisis as complex as Syria? By Robert Schofield

The astonishing Self-Help Group movement mushrooming across Ethiopia and impacting 1 million people is a great example (see pages 5–6). On a rather smaller scale, the seeds of hope sown by the local church in Tonle Batie, Cambodia, are already reaping rich rewards in a community who are learning they are stronger together (see page 10–11). The ongoing relief effort in the Philippines is a powerful story of people pulling together to rebuild shattered lives (page 4). And, even in the ongoing misery of Syria, people are helping one another, refusing to be cowed by fear, as you’ll read (see opposite). I’m reminded of that wonderful passage in Ephesians 2:19–22 where God talks of his people being bound together as members of his household, ‘with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone’. He talks of the church being ‘built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit’. We, the church, are a work in progress. But we’re building something amazing when Jesus is our foundation and our focus. You are a vital part of this work and we’re so grateful for everything you do. When we talk about the local church changing the world (as on page 8), we mean you. We’re able to do more because of you and we thank God for your faithfulness.

Sharan Kelly Chief Executive

Tearfund We are bringing hope and demonstrating love to the most vulnerable and marginalised people – through the local church.

Cover photo: Joining a Self-Help Group in Ethiopia has helped Meseret work her way out poverty – and restored her hope. Photo: Cally Spittle/Tearfund.

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The humanitarian situation inside Syria continues to worsen. Our response is to bring practical support to those who are suffering – and to pray fervently for peace.

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s the Syria conflict rages on, the plight of its people continues to worsen. While some 2.2 million Syrians have poured across the border into neighbouring countries, more than 6.5 million are displaced inside Syria itself. As homes and livelihoods are destroyed at a dramatic rate, access to even essentials such as food inside Syria is increasingly difficult. The economy is collapsing and the few safety nets that families had are now failing too. Following a thorough needs assessment, Tearfund Ireland is responding by providing regular food baskets to more than 460 internally displaced families inside Syria. The group have been identified as particularly needy by our partners on the ground – and funding is securely channelled via an organisation in neighbouring Lebanon.

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1. Pray for the vulnerable, the innocent victims caught up in the conflict.  ore than 100,000 people have been killed, 6.5 M million have been displaced internally (that’s more than the population of Ireland!) and 2.2 million have fled to neighbouring countries. 2. Let’s keep praying for organisations working on the ground. T earfund Ireland is working closely with partners inside Syria, reaching out in love to those in need. Other Tearfund partners are supporting refugees in neighbouring countries. • Pastors inside Syria are risking their lives to deliver monthly food parcels. • Church staff are seeking out refugees in Jordan and Lebanon to provide food, blankets and help with rent payments. • They are also providing safe spaces for children to play and counselling for those suffering the effects of trauma. 3. Above all, pray for peace.  e need faith and perseverance because it W is difficult to see how peace could be possible at the moment. Let’s believe in a powerful God and call on him to cause people to pursue peace! 3


Self-Help Groups

Philippines update

Janette Borac of Food for the Hungry consoles Jane Yanga (23), who lost her two daughters when the storm surge engulfed the office building where they had sought refuge. Basey, Philippines. Photo: Marcus Perkins/Tearfund.

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November is still seared on the memory of 23-year-old Jane. It was the day Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines. And it was the last day she saw her daughters alive. The family had sought refuge on the second floor of an office in the town of Basey, in southern Samar. But, as the storm surge blasted the building, a wave of mud engulfed them, filling the room to the ceiling. Her daughters, aged two and five, were swept away. Jane has since tried to take her own life – saved only by her partner. ‘I’m so confused. I don’t know what I need or what to hope for,’ she says. Restoring hope is what our partners on the ground are all about – and that’s what your generosity is helping to do. Our partners have been able to act quickly, with the support of your prayers and donations. The early weeks have been about meeting survivors’ basic needs – shelter, water, food and healthcare.

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This helps reduce some stress factors, allowing people time to process emotionally what has happened and to grieve loved ones. These things can bring a small sense of security, relief to parents worried about their children and strength to focus on their next steps. But our partners are already looking to the long term too. Safe spaces for children, and trauma counselling work, is being planned. Just as important as rebuilding infrastructure over many years are the emotional needs of the Filipino people. Pastor Nestor, who works for an organisation that Tearfund is supporting in the relief effort, comforts Jane as they stand together in a street ripped apart by the tidal surge. He know too that the road to recovery is a long one. ‘Some of the people are depressed because of the destruction,’ he says. ‘Loved ones are gone; houses are gone. People need much prayer and comfort.’ Thank you for being there when your help was needed most.

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What are SHGs?

Pulling together Besufekad Kindergarten is run by members of a Self-Help Group, given fresh confidence by the group. Photo: Cally Spittle/Tearfund.

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t’s not so long ago that the members of the ‘Hope for tomorrow’ Self-Help Group in Fincha town, Ethiopia, had no hope at all. Just six years ago, they were ‘a group of street boys and beggars’, as one member put it. ‘We started in June 2009 to save 25 cents per week. We are now giving loans to neighbours at ten per cent interest. We trade peppers, sugar and salt and make gabis [traditional clothing]. ‘Now we are people with vision. Initially, we were beggars: now we give money to other beggars and they are now working.’ spring 2014 teartimes

SHGs are groups of 15-20 people, usually chosen from the poorest sectors of the community. Facilitators help each group to develop healthy relationships, set up a saving scheme and establish by-laws on how they will operate. Group members save a small amount each week and, as the capital of the SHG grows, they can take out loans to be repaid in agreed time periods with interest. Initially loans are generally taken to pay for schooling expenses and health costs. Later on, they are used for income-generation such as small business set-up.

‘Hope for tomorrow’ is just one of many SelfHelp Groups (SHGs) in Ethiopia set up through Tearfund and part of one of the greatest untold success stories in recent development history. They are a remarkable example of people pooling the little they have and working together to change the course of their lives. Of churches and communities being mobilised to transform lives using the resources they already have. 5


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Ethiopia remains a very poor nation. Some 77.6 per cent of the population live on less than $2 per day. The country suffers from frequent droughts and floods, which leave ten to 15 per cent of the population at risk of food insecurity or malnutrition. It was in 2002 that Tearfund helped introduce the concept of SHGs to Ethiopia. The first five groups were set up by 100 women in Nazareth, a town 55 miles east of Addis Ababa, with support from our partner the Kale Heywet Church. Today, the number has increased to more than 12,000 SHGs, impacting more than 1 million people.

Bearing fruit Their impact is amazing, sometimes in ways that could not have been predicted. As group members’ income increases, they are able to eat more often and more nutritious food. And as they build up assets, they are increasingly resilient when the hard times hit. Members say they feel more confident and have more skills. This inspires them to speak out and push for change: groups have lobbied for greater women’s rights, for example. And as groups are learning about the environment, they are planting trees, composting and adopting sustainable agricultural practices, as well as improving sanitation. They are also equipping group members to tackle wider social problems such as HIV. The Fincha town group was born out of Irish Aidfunded HIV projects (2008 to 2011) in three regional states of Ethiopia. SHGs in these areas have disseminated HIV and health information to community members, mobilised members from local churches and community-based organisations for voluntary HIV counselling and testing, and tackled HIV-related stigma, harmful traditional practices (particularly female genital cutting) and gender inequality. 6

Strong returns At a time when the pressure is on to prove that international aid is a worthwhile investment of taxpayers’ money, Self-Help Groups have an impressive track record. Recent Tearfund research found that, for every Euro spent on SHGs in Ethiopia, there is a return of up to 173 Euros in benefits. The estimated cost is about one Euro per beneficiary per year. Yet, financial figures don’t tell the full story – because some things just don’t have a price, as another member of Fincha’s ‘Hope for tomorrow’ group explains. ‘Before, I was a beggar with my children and lived under a tree. I was sick and we just took what we could get. Now we are able to work, feed our children and send them to school. ‘Before, we were called “garbage” but now we have names that show respect. Before, we were lost and valueless but now those same people respect us.’

How much did it cost to lift Meseret out of poverty for good? €1000? €500? €100? Photo: Cally Spittle/Tearfund.

For less than the price of a takeaway coffee, you can help six women like Meseret get weekly support from one of the Self-Help Groups that are enabling 1 million Ethiopians to lift themselves out of poverty. In each group, the members save, offer each other loans, start small businesses and, in time, become self-sufficient. To start saving, group members give up a a coffee each week. Can you make a similar sacrifice this Lent? Radha (right) leads a 20-strong Self-Help Group for women who have used their savings to buy bullocks, build homes and improve farming. Photo: Peter Caton/Tearfund.

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Dramatic growth


Inside Out

Youth and emerging generation

Change the world, step by step It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the face of the world’s suffering. But we can all change the world, in our own small way, according to Tearfund Ireland’s advocacy intern, Gemma Kelly

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have been noting a strange pattern on my personal Facebook page recently. When I post something related to poverty or social justice, there seems to be a roaring silence in my social media interactions. Yet, when I post holiday updates or my thoughts on the latest X Factor contestant, my notifications are filled with ‘likes’ and comments? Is it me? Are people bored of me talking about topics like hunger and poverty – or are they overwhelmed? The news is filled with war, natural disasters, death and destruction so it’s understandable that people feel overwhelmed and powerless. Switching off to the harsh realities of global hunger like that in sub- Saharan Africa or the casualties of war in Syria and tuning into something else is a far more appealing option.

Higher calling But we have been called for more. Not by NGOs or the UN or Bono, but by God himself. ‘Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?” The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”’ (Matthew 25: 37, 40) What does this verse mean to us as Christians today, as Irish people, as global

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Gemma fundraising during Walk of Hope. Photo: Jason Dolan

citizens? What does it look like in a world where a child dies from a hunger-related disease every five seconds?

Step up Heeding God’s call to feed the hungry and help the sick may seem like an impossible task especially when so many of us are suffering our own personal hardships. The Western world has been severely damaged by a global recession that has left few untouched, so my suggestion is to do what we can, no matter how small or how seemingly insignificant. And, through this, we become empowered to do more. So, go on a walk and raise money, attend a Tearfund event, take the amount you would normally spend on a take-away coffee and give it where it is needed most. Pray, write a letter to your local TD calling for better policies around aid and development, download our Rhythms app, run an Inside Out course (see opposite). The possibilities are endless. Let’s talk about the problems the citizens of this world are facing, not shy away from the difficult things. God does not shy away from the difficult things in our lives. Let’s take hope from the stories in this magazine. We can all make a difference, and answer God’s call. But no matter what it is we choose to do; first and foremost let us choose not to ignore it.

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Go overseas with Tearfund Are you ready for a journey that will change your life? Sign up from our long list for one of our amazing trips… You could try a week in India at the heart of the fair trade community – a chance to meet and spend time with artisans whose passion is to help their country through entrepreneurship and creativity. Or go for a five-month gap year adventure in Cambodia – connecting with Tearfund’s partners on the Thai/Cambodia border as they battle against the injustice of child trafficking, poor education & ill health. The options are wonderfully varied and growing all the time. Wherever you go, you’ll never be the same again. Visit www.tearfund.org/go or call the office today on 01 878 3200.

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Seeds of change in Tonle Batie

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ot long ago, Sina’s prospects were pretty dire. She had no one to turn to and found it hard to feed her children. The local pastor in Sina’s village is Ke Pich. And he has a plan. Working with Tearfund partner ICC, Ke Pich has begun teaching villagers to use what they have to grow vegetables, and raise pigs and chickens – sharing land and saving money together. It’s all about seeing people’s potential and mobilising first the church, then the wider community, to make the most of the skills and talents they already have, so they can work their way out of poverty together. Ke Pich says: ‘I want to see everyone in my village have a job or a livelihood – to be able to sustain and support their families and keep them healthy. I want their lives to be better than now.’ Lives are changing in other ways too. Sina (main image) had never been to church until she got to know Ke Pich and the church’s plans to help her and her fellow villagers. Now, she and her children are regulars.

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Baby elephants Phanna works with Tearfund partner ICC and has been supporting Ke Pich in his efforts to stir up his village for change. They both know it’s a long road ahead – but they also know it’s a journey worth making. ‘Change is like a baby elephant,’ says Phanna. ‘This work is long-term, but the impact in the end will be big. We look at it like the birth of an elephant: there’s a very long gestation period with a big baby at the end of it, rather than a small chick after just one month! ‘Already we’re seeing results across the different communities we work with.’ And it’s true. Already, communities are organising extra classes for their children, setting up their own businesses and growing new crops. Relationships are improving as people grow more optimistic. And the church is learning how to be salt and light in its community – and new prayer groups are springing up.

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Daring to hope Phanna’s own story is a good example of how raising people’s expectations can help rewrite their futures. She grew up in a poor, farming community and worked hard to help her parents grow crops and rear animals. But she also studied hard, always aiming at higher education and a good job, unlike most other families in her village who believed their poverty defined their future. Helping others see beyond their immediate circumstances is why Phanna loves working with ICC and helping villages such as Tonle Batie. ‘It’s so inspiring to see seeds sown in lives and communities, and then see them grow into something amazing,’ says Phanna. Thank you for making it possible for seeds of change to be sown and nurtured in Tonle Batie this autumn!

Helping others see beyond their immediate circumstances is why Phanna loves working with ICC.

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This autumn, we brought you the story of Sina, a struggling young mum, one of the poorest in Cambodia. Now, thanks to your support, the future is looking brighter.


Let us pray

FEBRUARY

APRIL

For more than a decade, Tearfund partners have helped to set up and support Self-Help Groups (SHGs) across Ethiopia. Today, there are more than 12,000 of them, benefiting about 1 million people.

‘I have a dream,’ says Aneeta, ‘to end trafficking in India.’ These are the words of one lady working to restore women rescued from Mumbai’s sex industry. This month, we lift our voices to our Heavenly Father, who knows every one of his children experiencing such horrors.*

EMPOWERMENT IN ETHIOPIA

ENDING TRAFFICKING IN INDIA

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Self-Help Groups are groups of people who develop as their members, usually women, come together and start to offer each other mutual support and save money collectively. For most of the women, this involves sacrificing something small every week, perhaps a coffee or a bus fare. Thank God for the sacrifices these women are making. Ask God to provide for their financial needs.

SHGs bulk-buy oil, sugar, salt and other commodities, which they sell to each other, investing any excess profit into their communal savings. Members can take out loans to set up a small business or pay for their children’s school fees. Praise God for the many women who testify that the SHGs have given them income-generation opportunities and strong relationships with fellow members.

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Every SHG has to balance saving and spending. Local churches in Ethiopia provide training on how to do this, covering topics such as book-keeping, financial accountability and business development. They also facilitate the opening of bank accounts to enable the SHGs to invest their money. Please pray for local church staff and volunteers to give wise and timely support.

In Nazret, Ethiopia, several SHGs joined together to open a kindergarten to meet a need that they had identified for pre-school-age children. Thank God that, when a local authority inspection threatened to close down the kindergarten, the SHGs persuaded officials to give them better premises and provide free training for their members, significantly increasing their literacy.

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NEW URBAN WORLD

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Eight-year-old Ravi was abducted from his village. His father is disabled, his mother is uneducated and the family are extremely poor. They know who abducted Ravi and they know he’s been put to work in an unsafe rice factory. Today, lift your voice to our Heavenly Father and pray for Ravi’s return.

Gyan is an example of a lady rescued from the sex industry who has joined a Self-Help Group, received a loan and set up a fishing business. Because she has a choice, her children are safe. ‘I will never sell my children,’ Gyan smiles, ‘I keep them close to me. Because of the business, I have become self-reliant.’ Praise God.

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SUNDAY 13TH Pray for those engaged in prevention, rescue and rehabilitation work. Some of them face severe risk as they encounter resistance from the well organised mafia which controls the trafficking trade. * Names of those trafficked have been changed.

Tearfund’s partners are working to bring people from different communities together to prevent trafficking. ‘We are finding a voice,’ says one local leader. ‘We have found a community of friends who can stand together to deal with the issues. We are united.’ Pray that such groups will stay strong and united against trafficking.

Creative prayer idea

What you can do Do you feel moved to pray regularly for Tearfund’s partners and the communities we work with? If you would like to meet with others to pray for issues that affect poor communities around the world or receive our monthly prayer updates, then call Emma Lynch in the office on 01 878 3200.

Trafficking is a massive issue, but everything is possible with God. Choose a colourful cotton thread and make yourself a simple bracelet. Tie it around your wrist and commit to pray for people being trafficked whenever you notice your bracelet.

MAY

COMMUNITIES ENVISIONED

For the first time in human history, the majority of the global population live in cities. Nearly 100,000 people move into urban slums every day. Conditions are hard, but they are also home to hope, dignity and progress.

The apostle Paul described the church community as a body with many parts, each essential to fulfil God’s work. This month, we see this being illustrated in a dynamic way as communities are envisioned through the transformational Umoja programme.

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Many move to slums in search of a better life, but find that they are ill-equipped for life in the city, lacking the necessary education or skills to get a job. Pray they will know the reality of Psalm 34:18: ‘The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’

‘Life on the street is tough but the worst time is at night – you have nowhere to go. It’s hard to believe that there is a God when you are eating from the garbage,’ says Caleb Rukundo, a former street child. Pray for Caleb, and for the children he works with in Uganda, who live on city streets.

Umoja, which means ‘togetherness’ in the Swahili language of East Africa, is an exciting programme that inspires and equips local people with a vision for determining their future using their own resources. Pray that more communities across the world will take hold of Umoja’s biblical principles.

Umoja is triggering changes in people’s mindsets across the developing world, envisioning communities and churches to consider their future. Please pray that we will have the income to continue the work of mobilising churches and communities around the world.

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The lack of adequate sanitation facilities is a serious problem in urban areas, where the high population density increases the risk of disease. Pray that local governments will create and implement sanitation policies that ensure provision for the whole community.

More are moving into urban areas because they cannot support themselves in rural communities and go in search of better opportunities for themselves and their families. Pray that more churches in rural areas will be mobilised to transform their communities, and reduce the need for economic migration to cities.

God desires that we work together in unity. One pastor from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, describes how Umoja had a unifying effect on a group of churches. ‘The pastors, church leaders and members are showing God’s love in their communities. They have become less selfish and more caring of the villagers.’ Pray that this Umoja effect will be felt across the globe.

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Herry, an Umoja trainer in Cambodia, asks us: ‘Praise God that a group of Umoja members in the village of Kandal, Cambodia, showed love and care to one drunken man. Today, he is changed to be a creative person, using the resources God has given him. And best of all, his marriage is restored.’ spring 2014 teartimes

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Fundraising

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Fundraising We have just had one of the busiest seasons ever at Tearfund. Our mission, to help end poverty and empower the local church to make a transformational impact on its community, has been flying its flag all over the country – all thanks to you!

Exploring Nepal in Dublin

Emma Lynch , Sophie Maya Lynch, Mrs Milan Chalise, Dr Suresh Chandra Chalise (Nepal Ambassador) and Lara Grace Lynch.

Hosted by the Nepali Ambassador, a special Nepal Day was held at the Farmleigh Estate in Dublin in September. Our Church and Supporter Relations Coordinator, Emma Lynch, who lived in Nepal with her family for nearly eight years, was master of ceremonies.

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Making a new year’s resolution? Add ending global poverty to your lis

Fear not: you’re not on your own. Join us and together we’ll make a differenc e. Could you consider doing one of the following? Join other Tearfund supporters runn ing the Dublin women’s mini-marath on in June – and a host of other sporting fundraise rs Pray without ceasing: receive our mon thly prayer update Become a Tearfund church rep: be the voice of the world’s poorest and mos t vulnerable in your church and sign up to receive our church resources Start an Inside Out course (see p.9) and rethink your area of mission in your community Travel with us to see for yourself one of our projects overseas

Christmas even

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For more details on these and man y other ways you can help tackle pov erty, go to www.tearfund.ie or call us on 01 878 3200.

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INSPIRE YOUR CHURCH

TO CHANGE THE WORLD Rebekah knows God can use anyone to make the world a better place for poor people. This eight-year-old trekked up Bray Head to help end poverty in Cambodia. Let’s talk about what you can do to help your church get to grips with poverty this year.

‘The LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.’ Isaiah 61:1

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