What does TEAR Fund do?

TEAR Fund focuses on innovative Christian aid which reflects the compassion of Jesus. For over 30 years we have worked through child sponsorship, Microenterprise, community development and disaster relief projects throughout the developing world. Assistance is provided regardless of the religious beliefs of recipients.

We work with local Christian aid and relief agencies in developing countries to deliver practical and locally relevant programmes for the poorest people.

Our key activities are:

 
Child Sponsorship
• Microenterprise
Community development projects
• Disaster relief

 

What percentage of my money goes to programmes?

At TEAR Fund we’re committed to keeping our administration costs as low as possible so that the maximum amount of funds can go to our project partners.

We work directly with indigenous churches and Christian partners in developing countries on practical and locally relevant programmes.

Over 80 percent of all money raised in the year ended June 30 2006 went towards our overseas programmes - child sponsorship, Microenterprise, community development and disaster relief. A further 3 percent was used for education and advocacy here in New Zealand, helping Christians better understand poverty issues from a biblical and Christian perspective.

All our projects are subject to internal and external reviews, to ensure money is being used efficiently and with integrity. Copies of our financial statements are available on request.


How can I support TEAR Fund?

Some of the ways to support TEAR Fund include:
• Becoming a volunteer or advocate by helping at events, advocating for TEAR Fund in the community, helping in the Auckland office or doing other jobs
Sponsoring a child and providing them with healthcare, nutrition, education and an opportunity for spiritual development
• Funding Microenterprise loans to enable the poor to establish small businesses 
• Becoming a Changemaker. Your contribution is allocated across a number of community development projects supported by TEAR Fund. 
• Make a bequest to TEAR Fund in your will to support TEAR Fund’s ongoing work.


Can I volunteer at TEAR Fund?

Yes, volunteers are vital to TEAR Fund’s work. Your contribution helps us relieve poverty and injustice, while providing you with meaningful tasks and a great team environment. Volunteering jobs include helping out at TEAR Fund events, becoming an advocate to support our ministry in the community, helping out at the Auckland office and doing other jobs.

If you’re passionate about serving the poor and can give us some of your time, then we’re ready to talk with you. More information is available on our volunteers page.

For more information on TEAR Fund please phone us on 0800 800 777 or email enquiries@tearfund.org.nz