'For a poor person, everything is terrible - illness, humiliation, shame. We are like garbage that everyone wants to get rid of.' Voices of the Poor - World Bank Report


Where we're working

How We Work

Spiritual Passion

We’re Christians committed to following Jesus where the need is greatest. God has called us to serve those living in poverty, regardless of race, gender, nationality or religious belief.

We know the gospel has the power to transform lives and heal communities, we see this truth in our work every day. God isn’t giving up on the poor, neither are we.

Professional Excellence

We know that our work is too important not to do it well. We’re committed to professionalism and are recognised for our expertise in relief, development and advocacy.

We’re signatories to the Red Cross Code of Conduct and are certified against the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership Standard. That way, we’re always accountable for the work we do.

Working in over 50 countries, through more than 260 partners every year - Thanks to you

More than 75,000 churches have been envisioned, helping them address poverty and injustice in their communities.

More than 17 million people have been helped through community development projects.

More than 7.6 million people have been helped to recover from and prepare for disasters.

More than 175 unjust policies and practices have been changed to deliver justice for poor communities.

Where your money goes



90p goes to paying for: emergency response, development and humanitarian work and campaigning and advocacy



Approximately 9p is spent raising funds



Less than 1p is spent on governance and administration, making sure your money is spent as it should be

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Tearfund was founded as The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund in 1968. We're still driven by the same faith, hope and passion today.


Staff, the Board, famous friends. We're led and supported by faithful people, dedicated to eradicating poverty.

Who's who

We want to tell you how we're getting on. Read our Annual report and accounts for 2012-13.


We value your comments and welcome your questions. We've got a team of people waiting to hear from you.

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