Gideon Heugh

Gideon is a copywriter in the Global Brand and Communications team. When he's not wrestling with the muse / his keyboard, you will often find him traipsing up a mountain or burying his head in a book.

He came to work at Tearfund after stints in the wine industry (which was as fun as it sounds) and the NHS. He's also qualified as a Personal Trainer and a Rugby Union Referee. As well as writing for Tearfund, Gideon likes to dabble in poetry and is currently working on a novel.

  • A Father's Love

    There are two significant dates marked in our calendar for this coming week: Sunday is of course Father’s Day, but you may not know that Monday is the start of Refugee Week, when we’ll be focusing our thoughts and prayers on the plight of those who have been forced from their countries by persecution and conflict.

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  • A miraculous mess

    At 4.37pm on Sunday, 23 September, my daughter was born. And it was the most astonishing, beautiful, messy, wonderful, transformative and terrifying moment of my life...

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  • A Way Out

    A young widow turns to desperate measures in order to provide for her young children. However, a chance encounter leads her to a Tearfund project – giving her the opportunity to lift herself and her family out of poverty.

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  • Woman stands in a field of maize

    A-maize-ing Grace

    Grace Kamau lives in the shadow of the Kiambere Dam, which supplies electricity to the Kenyan National Grid. This dam is symbolic of the country’s ambition, modernity and development. But there’s another side to Kenya.

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  • Children's hands writing

    Back to school

    Sadiki is a young woman who, like many others born into poverty in Egypt, did not receive an education. But after joining classes provided by a Tearfund partner, a whole new world was opened up to her. It was just in time, too: with her new skills, Sadiki was able to save her husband’s business from disaster.

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  • Breaking new ground

    A farmer whose land was destroyed by corporate greed finds a new lease of life; not only getting his livelihood back, but also becoming a leader in his community.

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  • Close up of hand sewing using sewing machine

    Fearless

    When tragedy strikes her family, a young girl from Afghanistan has to leave home and take a job doing hard manual labour. When she is finally able to return, her family force her into marriage. These experiences leave her feeling helpless and afraid; yet the opportunity for restoration and redemption is closer than she thinks.

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  • Fifty years, fifty countries: Burundi

    Burundi, in East Africa, is one of the poorest nations in the world. The mostly rural population are almost entirely reliant on agriculture for their income. However, over-exploitation of the land has resulted in soil infertility, leading to widespread food shortages. Climate change and political instability have only made the situation worse, with many families fleeing to neighbouring countries. This is what led to Beni* being abandoned.

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  • Fifty years, fifty countries: Central Asian States

    The Central Asian States are a group of countries stretching from the Caspian Sea in the west to the border of western China in the east. Tearfund began working in the area in the 1990s as a response to the challenges presented by the dissolution of the Soviet Union – the effects of which are still being felt today.

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