RECONCILIATION IN ACTION
Tearfund Germany supports individuals, families and communities in Muslim-majority countries. We work to build bridges and relationships between people of different backgrounds, cultures and religions; for example in Pakistan, between Sikhs, Hindus, Christians and Muslims, or in Jordan, between the local population and the refugee community. Through these relationships, mutual understanding is developed and prejudices are changed. We seek to foster renewed relationships: between people, with God and with our environment.
WHO WE ARE
Tearfund Deutschland e.V. is a Christian non-profit association for development cooperation and development-oriented emergency aid with its headquarters in Berlin. We help people in need and support them to live in dignity and make self-determined choices. Our Christian faith motivates us to serve people in need without regard to background, culture and faith. Our focus is on countries in the Near and Middle East, with additional partnerships through the Tearfund family in over 50 countries. We currently have 90 employees, seven of whom work at our Berlin office.
Our work includes supporting refugees and internally displaced persons and providing people with access to safe water, sanitation and health care. We are also active in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Our projects are coordinated by our local staff and carried out jointly with the local population. In this way, we create space for encounters and dialogue so that people of different backgrounds and worldviews can work together to bring about change.
Tearfund Deutschland e.V. is managed by the following bodies who meet regularly to carry out their statutory duties and responsibilities.
The non-profit organization, Tearfund Germany, operates within the following structure:
The Executive Board is supported by the governing board members who meet at regular intervals to perform their statutory duties and responsibilities.
GOALS AND TASK
Encourage and empower local communities to provide support and assistance to vulnerable people for a life of self-determination.
Our emergency aid and development cooperation activities focus on five main sectors: Education and Income, Health and Nutrition, Refugee Aid, Peacebuilding and Disaster Relief. We aim to combat poverty in all its forms. Many of the countries we work in suffer from persistent emergencies.
Together with our local partners, we develop country strategies for programs with long-term goals specific to the country and region. We support communities and local partners to implement long-term projects integrated across various sectors.
Tearfund Germany was founded in 1998 as Partner Aid International by Christians determined to make an active contribution to eradicate poverty and need in the countries of Central and South Asia. At that time, the work was exclusively done by volunteers. Friends of the founding members took unpaid leave or time off to support projects in India, the Maldives or Kazakhstan.
Over time, project activities grew and larger projects were planned. Through the contact with local partners, knowledge about foreign cultures, ways of life and religions also grew. This approach became more and more important in the following years. Both, the growing work and the culturally sensitive approach made it necessary for employees to be prepared to commit to a long-term stay abroad.
In 2014, the German association signed a cooperation agreement with World Relief (USA). The organizations have worked together for four years, while both remained independent.
In 2019 the organizations management team decided to become a member of the global Tearfund family. With this step we strive to increase the impact and influence of our work and serve the people even better and more comprehensively than before.
NETWORK AND PARTNERSHIPS
Tearfund carries out projects with its close partners of the global Tearfund family. In addition, we always work closely with beneficiaries, the local population, authorities, governments in host countries and other local and international organizations. Other network partners are:
Tearfund carries out its projects in cooperation with our most important partners: the beneficiaries, the local population, local authorities, governments in host countries and local and international organizations.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM AND PROJECT PARTNERS
International program and project partners are organizations and institutions we cooperate with in the planning process, coordination or financing of our projects and activities. Costs, responsibilities and tasks are shared pro rata. In many cases, Tearfund Germany undergoes a strict audit process in order to be able to work together with the respective partner.