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.

  • Farming God's way

    New laws being introduced to the UK could help shift farming to being more environmentally friendly. But many communities in developing countries are…

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    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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  • Fifty years, fifty countries: Guatemala

    The cradle of Mayan civilisation, Guatemala's great natural beauty and strong indigenous culture have often been overshadowed by civil war. It is also highly vulnerable to natural disasters: there are a number of active volcanoes in Guatemala, and frequent earthquakes.

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  • Fifty years, fifty countries: Mekong

    The Mekong River flows nearly 3,000 miles from the Tibetan Plateau into southern China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The naturally rich and fertile lands around the river basin make up a region known as Greater Mekong. Nearly half of the world’s rice is grown here.

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  • Fifty years, fifty countries: Myanmar

    Myanmar is the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia and is bordered by India, China, Laos and Thailand. It’s an incredibly diverse nation, with 135 official ethnic groups and 119 different languages. Sadly, this has often led to sectarian violence. Last year saw the exodus of hundreds of thousands of the Rohingya people to neighbouring Bangladesh, fleeing violence in Northern Rakhine State.

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  • Fifty years, fifty countries: Pakistan

    Pakistan is one of the least developed countries in Asia. Nearly a third of the population live below the international poverty line (less than $1.90 a day), while more than half lack secure access to sufficient food. Lack of basic clean water and sanitation facilities claims the lives of 250,000 children each year.

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