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Young people in Rupandehi, Nepal are being recruited as peer educators to help stop the spread of HIV. During their spare time, they go into colleges, churches or the local community and educate their peers about HIV and AIDS, how it is transmitted and the many issues surrounding it. The scheme has already helped more than 500 people learn about the issues surrounding HIV.

What an inspiring group of young people willing to make a difference in their community!
We often tell you about how our work helps the poor and lost in society, but very often our volunteers grow through their work with us in many different ways. Here are a couple of examples of how the work of UMN has transformed the lives of those who help carry it out.
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Pastor Joseph Luka shares his experience of the recent conflict in South Sudan where at least 272 people have died in the fighting. Pray that the ceasefire made two weeks ago will hold and that displaced people will have enough food.
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The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has promised to make raising awareness about climate change one of his top priorities – the pledge came after he visited a Tearfund-sponsored conference in Zambia.
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Each day Mary would walk 3 miles down steep hills to fetch 20 litres of water. That was until her community rallied round and she was chosen to be the recipient of a Rainwater Collection Tank as part of our partner’s clean water programme in Uganda. It was a wonderful moment when the tank was finished and she tasted her first cup of water from it. You make moments like this possible. Thank you.
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‘Thank God, well water is the “salvation” to all families in the community. Now EVERYONE has running water indoors. Before there was terrible suffering. Now we all have water in our homes, not only rich people. I'm very grateful for all the work and all you are doing with us here in the community.’

Read how through your support we’ve been able to partner with the Evangelical Church and Brazilian Mission in Manaíra City, north-east Brazil to make a real difference to the community there.
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Instead of losing hope Yvonne is working hard to bring about change for her region. From Bunia in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Yvonne has been through some of the DRC’s worst conflicts where rape has been used as an appalling weapon of war. Although Yvonne’s community and her own family have endured these horrors, she has not let grief have the last word.

Join us as we give thanks for Yvonne and her family, please also ask for healing for survivors of sexual violence in the DRC and pray that the work of our partners in the region will be able to reach more people and communities.
Her family has survived some of the worst atrocities of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Instead of giving up Yvonne is boldly challenging attitudes in her country that impede justice and legitimise violence.
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Over the last week you may have read about the horrific attack on 33 young girls, raped by armed men in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our DRC Country Director, David McAllister provides a brief update on the situation:

‘I wanted to write and assure you quickly that Tearfund began supporting the children immediately alongside our local partner, the Anglican Church. All 33 girls received emergency medical treatment and psychosocial support – both of which are ongoing. Due to the sensitive nature of this story we are unable to share further details. Your prayers and gifts are vital in situations like this, thank you.’
Give to help us provide support for people in need in The Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Tearfund staff in Nepal are reporting that church persecution is on the increase. New laws are being discussed, and regulations are coming into place restricting Christians and threatening to make evangelism and conversion to Christianity illegal.

Though a minority church context, Nepal has the fastest-growing church in the world. The current annual growth rate averages 10.93 per cent with around one million Christians in more than 6,000 congregations across all 75 districts of Nepal.

http://tearfund.org/Admin/Inpoints/2016/07/OVNEPALSM
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Amazing!

Levi, aged 7, raised £400 by cycling from Carlisle to Dalston and back during his half term. He even wrote about his fundraising journey as part of his school homework – we were so honoured to receive it that we wanted to share it with you.

This is officially the best homework ever!
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Father God,
We lift up to you the nation of South Sudan. Please turn people’s hearts towards each other at this desperate time when divisions are so damaging. Let love abound in communities who have known so much hatred and strife. We pray that the political leaders will be supported and encouraged to lay aside their differences and work for the good of the people of South Sudan. Please give them the great wisdom needed to enable them to stabilise the country and secure justice, peace and reconciliation for the South Sudanese people.

Lord, may the church continue to be a voice and beacon for peace and reconciliation. Please strengthen the church to persevere in reaching out to the most vulnerable and meeting people’s practical needs.

In Jesus name we ask it,
Amen.
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‘I learnt so many new farming skills from Tearfund’s partner Cambodian Hope Organisation (CHO), who also gave me seeds and tools for me to put what I had learnt into practice in my own garden. This new crop has been enough for me to feed my family with enough left to sell at the market.

‘I cannot thank CHO enough. Their small act of kindness means my life, and the lives of my family have seen big transformation. We are healthier, less stressed, more peaceful and I am planning for my children to return to school soon – and who knows how much education will change their lives, and the lives of their children!’

Mean Dara’s testimony is incredible we’re so honoured to be a part of bringing holistic transformation to his life.
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Today the world’s youngest nation turns five years old – in 2011 South Sudan declared independence from the North. However there is not much to celebrate on it’s 5th anniversary, civil war broke out in December 2013 and has been tearing the country apart.

Despite all of its current troubles, the South Sudanese remain a resilient people. They fight to survive, driven by the hope that, one day, the freedom and prosperity they were promised with independence will become reality.

Please pray with us for this young nation, this is a critical moment in South Sudan’s history. It may not make the headlines, but right now, the world’s newest nation urgently needs your prayers if it’s going to realise a hopeful future.
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Tearfund is a Christian international aid and development agency working globally to end poverty and injustice, and to restore dignity and hope in some of the world’s poorest communities. 

We operate in more than fifty countries around the world. As well as being present in disaster situations and recovery through our response teams, we speak out on behalf of poor people on the national and international stage by petitioning governments, campaigning for justice and raising the profile of key poverty issues wherever we can. 

For more information visit. www.tearfund.org