Guiding principles

In its work Tear uses the following main guiding principles:

Church and Community Mobilisation Process

A method we widely use is the Church and Community Mobilisation Process (CCMP). This means our partners develop a vision together with local churches, with a view to improve the local communities. Together, church and community take stock of the needs. Then they identify the resources they already possess to solve these problems. By means of involvement and self-organisation, the people achieve lasting change. This process strengthens the people’s resilience. They gain self-confidence and become aware of their own possibilities to improve their quality of life.

Maasai gathering ourside their church

CCMP is not a doctrine. If there is no local church, or the local church has no added value, our partner organisations work directly with the local community. This may for instance be the case if the project requires too much technical expertise, or if the churches lack the necessary social standing, or if Christians are persecuted or are a minority.

Our principles:

  • Local ownership;
  • Inclusion of vulnerable groups;
  • Collaboration with people of goodwill;
  • A meaningful role for the local church;
  • Challenging the local church regarding their vision.

You can find more about our principles in our annual report.

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