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COVID-19 Updates

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COVID-19: How TEAR and our international partners are responding.

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Update: Thursday 17 September

Leading, Listening and Learning Through Crisis

CEO Matthew Maury shares an update on how TEAR is navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 season, and responds to some of the common questions he has been asked over the past few months.

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Update: Friday 21 August

Partnership in Pandemic: August/September update

Parts of India, Nepal and several African nations are experiencing flooding, Somalian communities are battling cholera outbreaks, and locusts are ravaging crops across Africa and Afghanistan.

In the midst of these extremely difficult circumstances, TEAR’s partners remain faithfully present with communities.

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Update: Monday 3 August

Prayers for TEAR’s partners

A few specific ways you can pray for some of our partners that are doing all they can to work for their communities in these challenging times.

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Update: Friday 12 June

India, Laos, Nepal

We connect with three of our partners for a more detailed look at how COVID-19 continues to impact vulnerable communities around the world.

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Update: Friday 1 May

How COVID-19 is affecting India and Afghanistan

TEAR's CEO Matthew Maury recently had a chat with long-term TEAR friend Kennedy Dhanabalan (former CEO of EFICOR, new CEO of SERVE) about how COVID-19 is affecting India and Afghanistan, how partners are responding, and what we can be praying for. Watch here:


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Partnership in Pandemic: How TEAR’s partners are facing COVID-19 today (May update)

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As the implications of COVID-19 continue to spread around the globe, TEAR is particularly conscious of the impacts for our international partners, who work in already vulnerable communities. Our team is frequently in touch with our partner organisations throughout South Asia, South East Asia and the Pacific, and Africa. Each region is at different stages of response, but for all of our partners, this virus has presented challenges and disruptions to their usual activities. Generally, our partners’ staff are working from home, many community meetings have been cancelled and travel is extremely limited.

Many governments are maintaining essential services only, which will likely impact some of our partners' access to funding or interrupt administrative processes. Just as each of us is finding new ways to work, access services, stay connected and care for our families, our partners and the communities they work in will too. While their work on the ground may change, their commitment to be ambassadors of Christ and bearers of hope in their communities will not.

Please join us in praying for protection for communities facing poor, and wisdom and encouragement for our partners as they respond to this unfolding situation.

We are doing all we can to make sure we can continue to focus on areas of greatest need.

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TEAR Offices and TEAR Development work

Our offices are closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can still call us or donate and order gifts cards online.

TEAR’s Australian and international development work is continuing and our program teams are actively involved with our projects.

All donations and work at TEAR Australia are running as usual. Our physical offices are now closed due to COVID-19 precautions as we move towards flexible work arrangements. All donation webpages, phone lines and emails are operating as usual. Our program team is actively working with our partners and we are helping support our partners every day and donations are still getting to our projects. Thank you for your continuing support.

Let’s get through this crisis together - A message from TEAR CEO, Matthew Maury: