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TEAR - The gift of a better life

Many people would agree that trying to find someone a significant, useful gift is nearly impossible. However, The World’s Most Useful Gifts Catalogue makes it easy! Life-changing gifts start at just $5. You are sure to find something for the person who has everything. But as expected, this is no ordinary gift catalogue; you won’t find these gifts in any of the large retail stores. After all, TEAR describe themselves as a Christian development, relief and advocacy organisation responding to global poverty and injustice. Their vision is “for a just and compassionate world in which all people have the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential.”

About TEAR

TEAR Australia addresses both the symptoms and the causes of poverty. Their projects produce tangible, lasting improvement in the lives of people by strengthening individuals and communities in their efforts to address their own development and future. Priority is given to those programs that strive to involve the most marginalized and exploited members of each community, regardless of their religious or political beliefs.

There are no TEAR offices overseas. TEAR partners with committed, local professionals, community groups, churches and relief agencies working with local poor people of many faiths and cultures, in their own countries. There are more than 130 TEAR partners throughout Africa, South and South-East Asia, the Pacific and in Indigenous Australia.

TEAR also seeks to inform, challenge and empower Australians to respond to global poverty and injustice.

TEAR is accredited with the Australian Government's overseas aid program, Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), which is a federally funded program that aims to reduce poverty in developing countries.

Projects

Visit their website at www.tear.org.au and it is evident that TEAR is involved in many projects around the world. Some of them are very high profile, such as the current food crisis in East Africa, but many of the regions in which they operate receive no international media coverage. However, the projects make a massive difference in peoples’ lives in some remote regions of the world’s poorest countries. Projects in places like Burma and Tanzania include training for local farmers and the provision of resources for the improvement and management of safe community water supplies, the construction of fuel-efficient stoves, and education in HIV awareness, re-forestation, environmental protection and malaria prevention.

Arguably The World’s Most Useful Gift Catalogue

For little more than the price of a cup of coffee you can buy a chicken for a family in Sri Lanka, laying the foundations for their future livelihood. Eggs are a wonderful source of protein and nutrition and a healthy hen just keeps on laying. A few chickens can lay enough eggs to start a new enterprise, providing much needed income for a family.

The Useful Gifts Catalogue is full of fantastic ideas that change the lives of individuals or entire villages in the Developing World. On making your donation, TEAR will provide you with a printed greeting card that you can personalise and give to someone on a special occasion. Alternatively, you can download and print your own card or send one of TEAR’s e-cards. All greeting cards come with gift photos and a short description of how your gift will work.

For just $100, you can kick-start a budding entrepreneur with a small loan plus training and support. For example, weaving cloth using handlooms is a skill passed from generation to generation in Bangladesh. A small financial gift can help a woman to repair or renovate a loom, purchase thread and start a small family enterprise.

Alternatively, $550 will contribute to training a teacher, paying their salary and supporting the running of a community primary or pre-primary school for an entire year. This is a powerful way to impact the next generation in rural Zambia where local communities have started their own schools because there aren't enough places at government schools. TEAR's partner will run teacher-training workshops, support parents' committees and provide access to classroom supplies.

Saward Dawson and TEAR

Saward Dawson has provided audit and assurance services to TEAR for the past two years. Our services have included the statutory audit required by the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Victoria), acquittals and other assurance work associated with their AusAID funding, ACFID Code of Conduct Review and compliance with state based fundraising requirements. We also advise on the application of new Australian accounting standards as well as other specific consulting projects as requested by TEAR throughout the year. As part of our role as auditors, we meet with representatives of the Board to discuss issues arising from the audit, governance and internal control improvements. Saward Dawson is recognised as experts in the audit and financial reporting requirements for not-for-profit organisations. We would be pleased to discuss any questions and issues in this area.

A better life

TEAR is supporting communities and improving lives in forgotten parts of the world. In a creative way, they use The World’s Most Useful Gifts Catalogue to enable everyone to be able to join them. With gifts starting at $5, it is possible to make a huge impact on someone’s life in an unknown location whilst putting a smile on the face of your loved one. That has got to be a better option than listening to someone say, “Don’t buy me anything. It will just sit in the drawer and never get looked at.”
Visit www.tear.org.au or www.usefulgifts.org and give the gift of a better life. 

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