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The Greatest Gift

Tearfund Christmas Appeal 2023

Complications in childbirth can be a death sentence for women like Radha, who lives in extreme poverty in rural Pakistan.

Your gift this Christmas will reduce maternal mortality and give babies the best chance at life. Donate now.

can help provide a three-month course of emergency nutrition for a young child at risk of malnutrition.

can help fund birthing kits, pregnancy education and postnatal care.

can help train local health workers to perform basic health checks and educate communities about preventable illnesses.

can help reduce water borne disease in rural villages in Pakistan, through education on safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation.

Jesus is the greatest gift. The author of life entered creation as a baby and brought light into darkness. Today, the world’s most vulnerable people face deepening challenges of poverty and injustice. You can help the light of Jesus shine in this darkness.

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Tearfund’s Christian partners are bringing light and life to some of the hardest places in the world. Places like Pakistan, where Radha (pictured) received life-giving support during her pregnancy and after the birth of her baby girl.

This Christmas, give a gift that prevents women from dying in childbirth. Give a gift that provides babies with the best possible start in life. Share the light and life of Jesus in the hardest places.


How your gift will help

In Pakistan, 186 women die for every 100,000 live births, and the maternal mortality rate is higher in rural areas. Tearfund’s partner the Diocese of Hyderabad trains traditional birth attendants who can help women in remote, rural areas to deliver babies safely.1

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted childhood immunisation, with 67 million children missing out entirely or partially on routine immunisation between 2019 and 2021. In South Sudan, Tearfund’s partner ACROSS supports health clinics and mobile health outreach services which provide life-saving services including immunisations for children and pregnant mothers and screening for malnutrition.2

Globally, the infant mortality rate has decreased in recent years, but it still stands at around 29 deaths per 1000 live births. In Phongsaly province in Laos, where the infant mortality rate is the highest per province in the country, Tearfund’s partner is supporting pregnant women to access health facilities, antenatal care and education on nutrition.3

Give now

Christmas Resources

Thank you for partnering with Tearfund to address global poverty. As you reflect on the generosity and abundance of God in the lead up to Christmas, we hope you find the following resources inspiring and also helpful for sharing this work with your community.

  • PowerPoint slides for promoting the appeal in your Church
  • Advent Calendar
  • Children’s Generosity Bible Study


If you would like additional resources or you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call the Tearfund team on 1800 244 986. Once again, thank you so much for your faithful support of Tearfund’s ministry. We wish you joy and peace this Christmas, and every blessing for the year to come.

Pray hands

Praying together for a more just and compassionate world

Daily prayers for Advent

Share the light and life of Jesus this Christmas, by joining in with daily prayers for our world. Follow the links to learn more about each daily theme, and let these stories and resources inspire your prayers. Check out the daily Bible verses too, to reflect on how God’s Word can speak into our prayers for our world today.

Read more

1. “Maternal mortality in Pakistan: Challenges, efforts, and recommendations”, National Library of Medicine
2. “The State of the World’s Children 2023”, UNICEF
3. World Health Organisation