Cheryl Bannatyne

Cheryl is a copywriter for Tearfund where she gets to share the great stories of lives being transformed around the world.

She's qualified as a microbiologist but always had a passion for the written word, so hung up her lab coat and picked up the pen. After a few years managing the editorial office of the British Journal of Cancer she sailed the world – well, a little bit of it – with Operation Mobilisation before working on a business magazine for five years. She's delighted to be playing with words again after a seven-year foray into the world of church administration.

  • Fifty years, fifty countries: India

    Famine was declared in the Indian state of Bihar on 20 April 1967, followed by catastrophic floods. An emergency call to the Evangelical Alliance from Dr Ben Wati of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) was one of the triggers that led to the formation of Tearfund.

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    Fifty years, fifty countries: Honduras

    The Central American nation of Honduras is known for its rich natural resources, including vast swathes of magnificent forest. However, years of military rule, corruption, inequality, violent crime and natural disasters have made Honduras one of the most dangerous, and least developed countries in Central America.

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  • Fifty Years, Fifty Countries: Haiti

    The Caribbean nation of Haiti is vibrant and resilient, with a rich history of overcoming oppression. However, it has struggled to develop, due to a combination of corruption and vulnerability to natural disasters.

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  • Fifty years, fifty countries: Colombia

    Home to Latin America’s longest-running civil conflict, Colombia is a nation where children face huge challenges. As a result of disrupted education and poverty, a large number of children live on the streets and child labour is common. Tearfund has been working in Colombia since 1980, with a strong focus on helping vulnerable children.

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