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We want to see communities transformed

No person, no place on this planet, is excluded from God’s love: his restoration plan is for the whole of humanity and the whole of creation. We know he is there when people who were already vulnerable or struggling with conflict and unrest were hit hard by Covid-19, further jeopardising their health and their livelihoods. We know he is a friend and ally to those worst affected by the climate emergency. We remain committed to following him to these places and serving alongside him.

Where we can, we work through local churches – challenging them to focus on and equipping them for community-led change. We help them to address the immediate issues, but in ways that can contribute to lasting change and whole-life transformation. Our experience this year has reinforced our belief that the church can play a key role in bringing reconciliation and peace to troubled places, even as it addresses the immediate challenges people face.

What makes us different

The local churches and organisations that we partner with know that we are committed to them for the long term. It is important that we flex and adjust to address immediate needs and pressures, but many of the issues that communities face will only be resolved through sustained hard work, often over years. So the focus of our partnerships is long-term change that will release people from vicious cycles of poverty for good.

This year we are celebrating

 What we learnt

We have learnt to adjust to Covid-19 restrictions by using online meeting platforms and social messaging services, digital tools and telephones. But we also recognise that the commitment of passionate, motivated individuals at a local level was key to this success. We will draw lessons about what can be done remotely and effectively, and also focus on supporting local champions for those things that cannot be done virtually.

We know we can go further

We want to do more to enable and equip young people to engage in peacebuilding, recognising the significant relationship between youth and the drivers of conflict and fragility.

We want to focus more on economic resilience in our environmental and economic sustainability (EES) work, especially in post-pandemic recovery.

We plan to be more strategic in how we engage with different denominations to achieve significant scale-up of our church and community transformation approach.

Going forward in 2021/22, we aim to: 

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