At Tearfund, we don’t run our own projects.
Instead, we work in partnership with locally-based Christian agencies because they better understand the needs of their communities, are better able to connect with local people and organisations, and work in ways that are appropriate to the local culture. They are a christian presence within communities, deeply connected and encouraging positive and sustainable change.
Our partnership approach is critical in four key ways:
Rather than coming in as outsiders to make changes in communities, we support local people as they empower local communities to lead their own development.
We approach our partnerships with a biblical understanding: one of shared faith and vision, valued relationship and mutual respect. Our role is to lovingly shift power and resources to our partners. We do this in three key ways;
Tearfund's partners are experienced, capable and knowledgeable about a range of technical areas, how to work with communities, and what faith means in places and times of struggle and injustice.
Tearfund is privileged to learn from the work of its partners, and to be able to pray with and for them. We are continually learning and we seek to hear from our partners about how well we are playing our role in the partnership and improving our own effectiveness.
Recognising that the development of both communities and organisations takes time, we will normally commit to a long-term relationship with our partners. Lasting change happens when our partners can continue their good work without the support of Tearfund.