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How we work

We use one programme for our work both abroad and in the Netherlands. This is because we do not believe in ‘them’ and ‘us’. Our lifestyle has an impact on poverty and climate change all over the world. The same principles that apply abroad, we also use in our own context. This is the power of Tear.

The heart of our approach is building up communities. We help people to lift themselves out of poverty, in such a way that they will be able to lift themselves up again the next time. All over the world we notice contrasts growing and poverty shifting. This has consequences for our work. It means we must stop our work in some countries and start working in other countries.

Around the world we help those in vulnerable communities lift themselves out of poverty and injustice. We do this through a network of partner organisations and churches. Through our structural programmes we offer methods and skills to people so they can develop their communities in a sustainable manner. We also offer help in cases of disaster.

Anyone who supports Tear does not just support a cause, but also a certain way of working. That is why in our annual report we not only describe what we do, but also how we do this. Through churches and partner organisations, we support communities and projects relating to poverty, support of livelihoods, basic social provisions, disaster risk reduction and emergency aid. We strive for a lasting transformation of communities and so our work is based on principles that promote lasting change.

We believe the local church can be a catalyst for the development of communities. Wherever a local church exists, we stimulate our partner organisations to involve them in the development process of the community. Through our partner organisations we were able to support 1,245 local churches in their fight against poverty and injustice in 2016. This means we attained our target for 2016 of assisting 1,045 local churches. 

Structural development

Through structural development we strive to achieve a lasting improvement in people’s self-reliance and resilience. For that reason, we mainly support activities that help vulnerable people to develop and that address the causes of poverty and underdevelopment. How this is done depends on the problems people face, the national context, and the qualities of our partner organisation. There are two main themes to this form of aid:

  • We want to provide those living in communities such as these better income and food.
  • We want to give people access to social provisions such as education, water and health care. We also want to protect and equip them against domestic and sexual violence.

In our work on these two areas, our aim is to apply our five principles. Last year, through our structural projects we reached a total of 70,700 people. Our target was 55,000. Important themes in our programmes are: health care, water and sanitation, education, domestic violence, livelihoods, and food security.

Humanitarian aid

Regarding our humanitarian aid (emergency aid), we want to:

  • help those struck by disaster to survive;
  • restore and rebuild local communities, preferably to a higher level than before the disaster;
  • develop local communities, helping them to be better prepared for or to reduce the risk of new disasters.

In 2016 our humanitarian aid reached a total of 363,535 people, reaching our target of 200,000 by a considerable margin. At the same time, it is with mixed feelings that we write this. We are thankful to be able to reach such numbers through our relationships and networks, but it is hard to see so many suffer.

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