Tearfund’s association with Côte d’Ivoire dates back to the 1980s, when we supported various individual scholarships and ad-hoc relief programmes. Our involvement has since stepped up as protracted conflicts have brought desperate need and deeper poverty.
Tearfund currently has six Ivorian partners, which are addressing vulnerability in the following ways:
Church and church mobilisation: empowering the Ivorian church to act and speak out on issues such as conflict, corruption and lack of access to water and sanitation.
We are also working with a leading theological institute
to train future Christian leaders in integral mission.
Environmental damage is a particular concern. In 2006, a European cargo ship, in apparent connivance with relevant agencies, dumped tonnes of toxic waste in Abidjan, killing several local residents and causing health problems for thousands more.
An intensive response to HIV: years of conflict and huge population movements have caused an HIV prevalence that requires an urgent nationwide programme of prevention, care and support. Vulnerable groups being helped include orphans, sex workers, former child soldiers, and victims of gender-based violence.
Community development: the regions of Montagnes, Zanzan, Savanes, and Vallée du Bandama have been prioritised for projects focusing on literacy and primary education, children at risk, water and sanitation, and environmental sustainability.
- pray for people living in poverty in Côte d’Ivoire.
- please pray for our partners in Côte d’Ivoire as they seek to help others.
- and pray for Côte d’Ivoire: for justice, peace, health and hope for everyone.