Cash grants have changed the way we serve some of the world’s most vulnerable people. It gives us an even greater opportunity to share God’s love with others. This is how:
People are powerful and capable. But when crises occur – such as cyclones, conflict or coronavirus – it can make people vulnerable, without food, clean water, shelter or heating, and relying on organisations such as Tearfund to survive
While providing families with these essentials is a lifeline, it isn’t always the most empowering way to help people. At Tearfund, we believe that every human being has been made in the image of God, and so we want to honour that. That’s why when we respond to disasters, we come alongside people and respect them as individuals – not assuming we always know what’s best for them, and their families.
This is where cash comes in
Cash grants empower people to decide their own priorities. They can use the money to pay for whatever they need most, whether it’s food, shelter, clothing, soap or medicines.
People know their own needs. With cash, they can meet them. It’s fast and direct – which, in the aftermath of a disaster, is essential to helping people rebuild their lives.
‘For me, cash grants is where some of Tearfund’s Christian distinctiveness shines out in the aid world. We see people as made in the image of God – invited, encouraged and empowered to make their own decisions,’ shares Marc Romyr Antoine, who oversees Tearfund’s work in Haiti.
‘Each family is different, so why should we assume that everyone needs exactly the same things? It is also a much more effective use of money as it means that people are not given items that they are not going to use.’
Giving cash grants also benefits the local economy as the money can be spent on local goods and services. This is especially helpful in the countries where we work, as the money is then used to support other families and businesses in the area, empowering them and helping them to thrive.