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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Support Program

‘Dhumba’ is the name of TEAR Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support Program. It is a Woi Wurrung word for talk, tell, speak. The word captures our aim to build relationships through good communication, listening and talking together. More information

Dhumba

South East Asia & Pacific

Livelihoods & Food Security  View all

How Far Has Cambodia Come?

Featured project - Cambodia:

How Far Has Cambodia Come?

“Ascend to the realm of the gods, Angkor Wat. Descend into hell at Tuol Sleng Prison.…

Environmental Sustainability  View all

Safeguarding the Environment - Nepal

Featured project - Nepal:

Safeguarding the Environment - Nepal

Caring for the Environment No matter how much money you’ve got, a clean and green…

Strengthening Civil Society  View all

Arnhem Human Enterprise Development Project

Featured project - Australia:

Arnhem Human Enterprise Development Project

A project in responsive development in Yolngu communities in Galiwin'ku, North East…

Disaster Relief & Recovery  View all

Living Here and There: Sri Lanka’s Displaced

Featured project - Sri Lanka:

Living Here and There: Sri Lanka’s Displaced

For most people “home” is more than a place to live; it’s a place of…

Health  View all

Improving health and nutrition for Somalia’s displaced people

Featured project - Somalia:

Improving health and nutrition for Somalia’s displaced people

In Somalia, decades of civil war have caused the almost total collapse of public infrastructure…

Education  View all

Zimbabwean mother volunteers to support the hearing-impaired community

Featured project - Zimbabwe:

Zimbabwean mother volunteers to support the hearing-impaired community

It’s a tough job raising a child with a disability. For Petronella Muchidza, finding a…

Women's Empowerment  View all

Postcard - Kelly Rae in Bangladesh

Featured project - Bangladesh:

Postcard - Kelly Rae in Bangladesh

After hours of jolting travel on unsealed roads, and a short boat ride, there is a flurry of…

Water & Sanitation  View all

Household toilets improve quality of life in Cambodia

Featured project - Cambodia:

Household toilets improve quality of life in Cambodia

Jop Yoeung is proud of her new toilet, which she built with her family after receiving training…

In response to the severe food shortage and drought affecting several countries in east Africa, TEAR Australia has launched the East Africa Emergency Appeal.

How TEAR Responds to Emergencies

Integral Alliance

Integral is a global alliance of Christian relief and development agencies responding to emergency situations around the world. Its main focus is on collaborating when disasters happen, to find opportunities to avoid duplication, and to maximise resources for communities requiring emergency relief. TEAR Australia is a member of the Integral alliance.

Integral

While TEAR allocates the majority of its resources to long-term development work, we also support responses our partner organisations make to humanitarian emergencies. Apart from the immense and immediate suffering they cause, disasters deepen poverty and retard development.

TEAR supports both short-term emergency relief projects that enable disaster-affected people to survive, and medium-term recovery and rehabilitation projects. Highest priority is given to those cases where development work that TEAR is supporting is directly affected by a disaster. Care is taken to minimise the risk of relief inputs undermining local markets and communities' other self-help capacities. Focus is given to projects which help prepare communities for longer-term development initiatives.

TEAR responds to partner requests for emergency assistance either directly or through joint efforts with other members of the Integral Alliance.

When you support TEAR through our regular giving programs, it allows us to commit long-term funding for our international partners who are working with communities to create lasting, sustainable change.

TEAR's Approach to Development

TEAR Australia’s development program is shaped by a vision for a just and compassionate world in which all people have the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential. We work in partnership with local Christian organisations, rather than implementing projects ourselves, because we believe that local people best understand the needs of their communities and can develop authentic long-term relationships, resulting in projects that are both relevant and sustainable.

TEAR supports grassroots development initiatives where community members, particularly the poorest and most marginalised, can determine project priorities and participate at every level of project implementation. Our partners understand the complex and multi-dimensional nature of poverty and therefore approach development in a holistic and integrated way. As such, they frequently implement integrated community development projects that address a combination of issues, including health, education, food security and livelihoods, water and sanitation, environmental sustainability, gender equality and governance.

Most of all we passionately believe that good development works – that with the right approach people can experience lasting transformation and the fullness of life that God intended.

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