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Our Commitment

We believe that all persons are created in the image of God. Therefore,

  • We act in ways that respect dignity, uniqueness and the intrinsic worth and human rights of every woman, man, girl and boy.
  • We respond to human suffering irrespective of race, gender, belief, nationality, ethnicity or political persuasion.
  • We will promote an integrated approach to our work, which includes development, humanitarian assistance, disaster risk reduction, rehabilitation and advocacy.
  • We promote a participative, open, enabling style in working relationships where communities are central to identifying their own needs and assets and in determining priorities, approaches and mechanisms for response.
  • We support women’s participation and right to make decisions in all aspects of their own lives and that of their family and community.
  • We will reflect in communication and fundraising materials the dignity and initiative of affected communities and people will not be portrayed as helpless victims.

We will guard against the abuse of power by those responsible for protection and assistance to vulnerable communities.We believe that God the Father as known through his Son Jesus Christ and revealed through the Holy Spirit and Scriptures, is the God of love who stands beside the poor and oppressed. Therefore,

  • We will speak out and act against those conditions, structures and systems which increase vulnerability and perpetuate poverty, injustice and the destruction of the environment.
  • We will stand alongside women, men, girls and boys suffering from oppression by supporting effective development, humanitarian and advocacy programs.
  • We will integrate peace-building, reconciliation and psychosocial aspects into our work with communities affected by conflict, violence and trauma.
  • We will not act as an instrument of any particular government’s policy nor accept conditions on funding that would compromise our capacity to speak or act independently.

We believe the church is called to manifest God’s gracious love for all people and work towards a reconciled human community. This witness is more clearly communicated to the world when we work together as members of one body of Christ. Therefore,

  • We commit ourselves to listening to, learning from and sharing experiences with other members in order to improve the quality of our work and draw on the rich diversity of our alliance.
  • We will build relationships, strengthen effectiveness and avoid duplication through our cooperation.
  • We will recognise and value the unique gifts that each of us has been given.
  • We give priority to the role of local churches and their ministries in responding to the humanitarian and development needs of their local community.
  • We will contribute to that vision through the inclusion of advocacy, capacity development of members, spiritual accompaniment, peace-building and psychosocial assistance in our humanitarian and development work.

We believe that the earth and all it contains are God’s gifts, given out of love and care for all created beings. Therefore,

  • We commit ourselves to act in ways that will protect and restore the environment.
  • We will work to change systems and structures that degrade the environment and thereby increase the vulnerability of poor and marginalised communities.

We believe that the resources available to us are not our own, but are a gift from God, and our vocation to service calls us to be faithful to principles of good stewardship. Therefore,

  • We will uphold principles of mutuality and transparency in relating to each other, including the provision of accurate and timely programmatic and financial information to each other.
  • We will meet the highest standards of truthfulness and integrity in all of our work.
  • We will uphold high ethical and program standards of accountability, recognising our accountability to those we seek to serve, to those who support us, to each other and ultimately to God.
  • We will prioritise the use of available local resources in our efforts and use approaches which strengthen existing community capacity.

More ways to take action

You can help prevent children like Maala being born with chronic illnesses by helping pregnant women stay healthy and nourished in the first place.

Take the Act for Peace Ration Challenge and eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee during Refugee Week (June 2017). Raise money to support refugees who have lost everything, and challenge perspectives – including your own.

Right now, thousands of innocent people are fleeing Syria every day to protect their families from bloodshed, violence and death. We need your support to provide emergency relief packs to the families fleeing in Syria.