What We Do
Our work broadly divides into three areas:
There when disaster strikes
When disaster strikes Samaritan’s Purse is often one of the first agencies to respond with mobilised Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART). Speed is of the essence to prevent survivors from further danger, to give medical assistance to the injured, to establish disease prevention protocols and provide the basics of food, clean water, shelter and sanitation.
Whether an earthquake in Haiti, tsunami in Japan, or famine in East Africa - we are there when we are needed most.
Helping communities help themselves
Our international development programme is delivered within the framework of HOPE (Holistic Outreach Partnership Empowerment) through the local churches. HOPE firmly establishes church at the heart of the community and the community at the heart of the church. It envisions, empowers and equips the local church to identify the needs within their communities and the resources at their disposal to meet them. Samaritan’s Purse trains and equips the local community, but it is the church working with the local community that drives their programmes and projects forward. This approach provides a sustainable, tailored solution that reduces poverty, improves local leadership skills and strengthens the relationship between church and community.
Samaritan’s Purse is supporting and facilitating projects to provide:
• Safe water supplies through access to clean water or filtration systems.
• Sanitation and Hygiene training and workshops.
• HIV awareness, understanding and training.
• Improved health and nutrition, education and human rights support to orphans and vulnerable children.
• Livelihood projects including business enterprise, savings and loan schemes,production improvement and technical and financial management skills.
• Supporting the elderly and disabled with practical help of home repairs, cooking, companionship and income generation activity.
Reaching out with God's love to the world's children
Operation Christmas Child, which involves filling a shoebox with gifts, is a simple concept that sends a tangible demonstration of God’s love to a needy child overseas. This project engages churches, businesses and schools alike across the UK, and sends hundreds of thousands of gift filled shoeboxes to underprivileged children around the world through our local church partners.
Children who receive shoeboxes from their local church will be invited, where possible, to take part in The Greatest Journey, a fantastic 12 lesson course introducing the Gospel of Jesus. What an amazing opportunity to share the Gospel with those yet to hear and respond. In 2010-11 nearly 390,000 children completed the course and 266,000 made a decision to give their lives to Jesus.