TEAR Australia chooses to recognise and enable the faithful actions of Christians around the world as they respond to those affected by poverty and injustice in their own communities.
That’s why we work in partnership with Christian organisations responding to poverty and bringing God’s justice in their own local setting. Because they’re part of the same context, they understand the complex needs of their own communities and are in the best position to develop holistic programs that are relevant and sustainable.
We approach these partnerships with a biblical understanding: one of shared faith, deep value and mutual respect. We create space for our partners’ voices to be heard, and we honour and support their capacity to lead their own development to bring about long-term and sustainable change.
When selecting projects run by our partners, we look for grassroots development initiatives where community members, particularly the poorest and most marginalised, have determined project priorities and participate at every level of project implementation. Often, activities are a combination of health, education, food security and livelihoods, water and sanitation, environmental sustainability, gender equality and governance.
TEAR Australia has left deep impacts on the organisation as a whole, and the project team and community in particular. Their sensitivity to the local communities’ context and cultural settings, was most appreciated. It was not just a project implemented but an enriched experience which continues to guide the team as they continue to work with diverse communities from difficult and challenging backgrounds.
The Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief engages thousands of communities across India in community-building work tailored around the needs of local people. Their work is entirely holistic, enabling communities to design their own responses to poverty, typically around agriculture, water and sanitation supply, health education, and access to government services. EFICOR has been a national leader in its response to issues such as HIV and AIDS, climate change, theological and mission education and social policy.
Share and Care makes a difference by reaching out to poor and vulnerable communities. They live out their core values of love, respect, honesty, integrity and transparency through commitment to effective and innovative programs. Through Share and Care, TEAR supports a wide range of community strengthening initiatives, whereby trained staff build the capacity of local people to develop and enact solutions to their experience of poverty. From self-help groups to organic farming to scholarships for high achieving students, Share and Care are there for the people.
We all appreciate TEAR as a supporting partner. We value the relationship because it is more than a financial partnership. TEAR staff are very equipped and caring and understand the value of communicating well.
Across is an interdenominational Christian organisation that works in partnership with local churches to strengthen communities and improve the quality of life for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet. TEAR has been supporting the health and education work of Across in Rumbek East County, Lakes State, since 2006. The health program focuses on antenatal and postnatal care, immunisations and outpatient services, as well as health promotion and health education in the community. The education side of their work provides in-service training for primary and pre-school teachers, as well as training for Parent Teacher Associations and head teachers on school management.
World Concern (Laos) is a Christian development organisation that works with people facing extreme poverty to provide hope and opportunity. Its projects in Laos mostly focus on some of the country’s poorest and most isolated rural tribal communities, where skilled health care is either non-existent or extremely challenging to reach. A local arm of an international organisation, World Concern, WCL carries the vision: “We seek to fully immerse ourselves in the interests of the people we serve, enabling us to plan, scale, and develop programs tailored to each particular community’s circumstance. We ask the people we help to serve with us — building the programs they need — enabling them to realise their God-given potential.”
We are very happy and satisfied with our partnership with TEAR. They respect the autonomy of a partner organisation, never push or compel the partner organisation to take decisions, share the changes in TEAR and are committed to long term partnership. They also understand that the development change process takes time and are very patient with the project's progress in making those changes happen.