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Tearfund is a UK Christian relief and development agency which works in over 50 countries. It is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee.Tearfund supports poor communities, marginalised groups, vulnerable adults, children, churches, education, HIV victims, conflicts, injustice, hunger, water and sanitation.
The charity was created out of the Evangelical Alliance (EA) and the Evangelical Refugee Fund created by the United Nations.
The organisation was originally called The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund Committee (abbreviated to TEAR Fund).
George Hoffman headed up the fund.[In January 1969 Cliff Richard did two fundraising concerts for Tearfund at London's Royal Albert Hall.:29 He has served as the charity's Vice President and in 1999 served as its president.In 2009 Richard gave the proceeds of his first 50th anniversary concert in Wembley Arena to Tearfund.
Tearfund was registered as a charity on 6 March 1973.
Tearfund Ireland was launched as an independent charity in 2008 and now works closely with Tearfund UK as a sister organisation.
How it works
Since 2009 we've been linking churches and Christian groups in the UK and beyond with our amazing partners who are working to fight poverty, disease and disasters; following Jesus where the need is greatest.