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How we work

Tear support projects run by partner organisations in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia with whom we share our values. In most cases these implementation partners are faith based national or international NGO’s.

In collaboration with these partners Tear operates through local churches wherever this is possible, training and equipping them to end poverty and rebuild their communities. We believe that churches can play a vital role in the fight against poverty and injustice.

Tear’s strategy for the coming years is described in detail in its three-year Strategic Organisation Plan 2016 – 2018. The plan is built  around three pillars: to envision churches, to develop communities and to influence behaviour.

For our Southern portfolio it means:

  • Working alongside and via locally based organisations in the South on the following themes: Health and HIV & Aids, Gender and sexual violence, Water& sanitation, Education, Food Security & livelihood  and Disaster management.
  • In its work Tear uses the following main leading principles: Church and Community Mobilisation Process, Local ownership, Inclusive development and Collaboration & networking.
  • Development and relief contain three intervention approaches, namely direct poverty alleviation, civic society strengthening and policy influencing, including campaigns.
  • Meeting humanitarian needs when necessary, supporting those elements that have the largest interfaces with development, such as disaster mitigation and preparedness and reconstruction.
  • Cooperation on national, European and global level using the Sustainable Development Goals as a guideline for direct poverty reduction, civic society strengthening  and for lobby and advocacy.

For the Netherlands it means:

  • Organisation of awareness campaigns and distribution of information and educational materials in the Netherlands
  • Envisioning, linking and learning between local churches in the South and and in the Netherlands.

How Tear works in the Global South

Tear main two outcomes in the South are to develop local communities and to respond to and prevent disasters. The first is a about communities being transformed by working to reduce poverty sustainably and to build resilience.  The second one is about communities affected by disasters to recover quickly and to be better equipped to face future hazards.

Cambodjaanse vrouw in haar hut op palen

Tear main two outcomes in the South are to develop and to respond to disasters. The first is on local churches and communities working at the local level to reduce poverty sustainably and become resilient to future changes.  The second is about communities affected by disasters to recover quickly and to be better equipped to face future hazards.

Tear’s partnership with Southern organisations is predominantly oriented towards providing financial and capacity-building resources in the areas of relief and development. Tear aims to work with partners who are capable of implementing both relief and development programmes. In this way an optimal interface is created between relief and development work.

Geitenhouderij in Indonesië

Themes or sectors of support in development are: Health and HIV & Aids, Gender and sexual violence, Water & sanitation, Education, Food security & livelihood.

In relief Tear supports three stages: emergency relief, reconstruction & rehabilitation and disaster preparedness & mitigation.

In principle Tear provides a grant to an implementing partner. This grant is based on a proposal written by the partner. This proposal is appraised by Tear. After possible acceptance Tear enters into a project agreement for the specific proposal approved. A project agreement is entered on an annual basis, but is renewable for consecutive years.

Tear relies on private and institutional funding for its own financial resources. Depending on the donor and its own policy specific conditions may be applied when the grant is provided.

Ontwerp & realisatie: Nilsson