Experience tells us that the causes and effects of poverty are complex and often connected. Right now, we’re focusing on some of the biggest challenges facing the world today, and looking at how we can address them in a way that breaks the cycle of suffering and offers communities real hope for the future. Explore some of the issues of poverty and what we're doing to respond below.


Tearfund’s research, policy and campaigning work seeks to ensure that the most biting issues facing ...

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Millions of children worldwide grow up trapped in poverty, fear or despair.

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Church mobilisation

We believe that local churches can offer their communities nothing less than total transformation.

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Climate change

Extreme weather patterns hit the poorest people hardest.

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Community empowerment

We know that the most effective way to tackle poverty is to enable people to discover the answer to ...

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Our work in areas of conflict When conflict breaks out, people in poverty invariably pay the ...

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Disasters destroy the little that people have, and make hard lives even harder. Tearfund’s response ...

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Children at a Tearfund partner founded school in ShivNagar, Nepal. Photo: Ralph Hodgson/Tearfund


Slum children living in one of Nepal’s fastest growing cities are receiving an education for the ...

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Cambodia. Photo: Kieran Dodds/Tearfund


70% of those living in poverty are women and more than half a million women die in pregnancy and ...

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Nearly 10 million children under five die each year, most from preventable illnesses.

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Current estimates suggest nearly 33 million people are living with HIV, a virus that devastates ...

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1 in 8 people around the world currently go to bed hungry. Find out what we're doing to address ...

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Good governance is essential to releasing people from poverty.

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Integral mission and theology

Integral mission is the church living out its faith in Jesus in every aspect of life.

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Photo: Kieran Dodds/Tearfund

Marginalised Groups

World Aids Day - Having been a drug user and dealer, Alexei found God while in prison and has ...

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Poor communities

In a world where the gap between rich and poor is as wide it’s ever been, gross domestic ...

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Vulnerable adults

Poverty puts vulnerable adults at even greater risk of being trafficked, falling into crime or the ...

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Water and sanitation

For millions of people across the world, safe water and sanitation are luxuries beyond their ...

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