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COVID-19 Updates

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COVID-19: How Tearfund and our international partners have responded.

Update: 04 November 2021

Partnership in Pandemic: November 2021 Update

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequalities, disproportionately impacting the world’s most vulnerable people and communities. For the first time in over 20 years, global poverty is rising. With your support, our partners are continuing to offer hope and practical support – to be salt and light – in some of the poorest and most marginalised communities in the world.

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Update: 09 August 2021

Partnership in Pandemic: 09 August 2021 Update

Many African countries are battling frightening third waves of the coronavirus pandemic, and new and faster spreading variants such as the Delta variant are appearing in more countries. In mid-July the World Health Organisation reported that COVID-19 deaths in Africa had surged more than 40 per cent in that week compared to the previous week. Vaccination rates on the African continent are extremely low.

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Update: 07 July 2021

Partnership in Pandemic: 07 July 2021 Update

As COVID-19 continues to cause suffering and despair around the world, many countries are also experiencing conflict and political turmoil. Please continue to pray for all of our partners as they stand alongside people in situations of great hardship.

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Update: 02 June 2021

Partnership in Pandemic: 02 June 2021 Update

Along with the grave suffering that COVID-19 is causing around the world, particularly in south-east Asia, our partners are supporting people in situations of conflict and violence in Myanmar and Ethiopia. Please continue to pray for all of our partners as they stand alongside people facing hardship at this time.

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Update: 14 May 2021

Partnership in Pandemic: 14 May 2021 Update

Urgent updates from our partners in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Our partners are expressing high levels of concern about what they are seeing, with COVID-19 impacting both the communities where they are working, and staff and their extended families.

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Update: Friday 30 April 2021

Partnership in Pandemic: April/May 2021 update

The recent dramatic resurgence of COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on communities. Please join us to urgently pray for our partners in South Asia, where new waves of the COVID-19 pandemic are having a disproportionate impact on people living in poverty.

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Update: Tuesday 17 November 2020

Partnership in Pandemic: November/December 2020 update

An up-to-date glimpse of the global impact of COVID-19, through insights from Tearfund's partners.

Since March 2020, Tearfund has supported our partners in providing vital support to over 520,000 people through the provision of food, Personal Protective Equipment, hygiene kits, training, counselling and more. Specific funding has been provided to 25 projects in 13 countries for their response to pandemic related needs.

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Update: Thursday 17 September 2020

Leading, Listening and Learning Through Crisis

CEO Matthew Maury shares an update on how Tearfund is navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 season, and responds to some of the common questions he has been asked over the past few months.

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Update: Friday 21 August 2020

Partnership in Pandemic: August/September 2020 update

Parts of India, Nepal and several African nations are experiencing flooding, Somalian communities are battling cholera outbreaks, and locusts are ravaging crops across Africa and Afghanistan.

In the midst of these extremely difficult circumstances, Tearfund’s partners remain faithfully present with communities.

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Update: Monday 3 August 2020

Prayers for Tearfund’s partners

A few specific ways you can pray for some of our partners that are doing all they can to work for their communities in these challenging times.

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Update: Friday 12 June 2020

India, Laos, Nepal

We connect with three of our partners for a more detailed look at how COVID-19 continues to impact vulnerable communities around the world.

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Update: Friday 1 May 2020

How COVID-19 is affecting India and Afghanistan

Tearfund's CEO Matthew Maury recently had a chat with long-term Tearfund friend Kennedy Dhanabalan (former CEO of EFICOR, new CEO of SERVE) about how COVID-19 is affecting India and Afghanistan, how partners are responding, and what we can be praying for. Watch here:

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Partnership in Pandemic: How Tearfund’s partners are facing COVID-19 today (May update)

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As the implications of COVID-19 continue to spread around the globe, Tearfund is particularly conscious of the impacts for our international partners, who work in already vulnerable communities. Our team is frequently in touch with our partner organisations throughout South Asia, South East Asia and the Pacific, and Africa. Each region is at different stages of response, but for all of our partners, this virus has presented challenges and disruptions to their usual activities. Generally, our partners’ staff are working from home, many community meetings have been cancelled and travel is extremely limited.

Many governments are maintaining essential services only, which will likely impact some of our partners' access to funding or interrupt administrative processes. Just as each of us is finding new ways to work, access services, stay connected and care for our families, our partners and the communities they work in will too. While their work on the ground may change, their commitment to be ambassadors of Christ and bearers of hope in their communities will not.

Please join us in praying for protection for communities facing poor, and wisdom and encouragement for our partners as they respond to this unfolding situation.

We are doing all we can to make sure we can continue to focus on areas of greatest need.

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Tearfund Offices and Tearfund Development work

Our offices are closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can still call us or donate and order gifts cards online.

Tearfund’s Australian and international development work is continuing and our program teams are actively involved with our projects.

All donations and work at Tearfund Australia are running as usual. Our physical offices are now closed due to COVID-19 precautions as we move towards flexible work arrangements. All donation webpages, phone lines and emails are operating as usual. Our program team is actively working with our partners and we are helping support our partners every day and donations are still getting to our projects. Thank you for your continuing support.

Let’s get through this crisis together - A message from Tearfund CEO, Matthew Maury: