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Common Causes

In response to suffering, we collaborate with charitable organizations that are first vetted and found to be doing some of the most effective work in areas of particular concern to the Bruderhof:

  • Famine and natural resource depletion
  • Crises due to natural disasters
  • Crises due to war and violence
  • Education and literacy

Doing our best to live simply and frugally frees up financial resources we can contribute to worthy relief projects worldwide. When possible, the Bruderhof will also send members to volunteer at project sites from a couple weeks up to a year. It is in the spirit of support that we highlight several of our charitable partnerships. Please consider how you can help:


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The issue of human slavery is a growing global crisis, with recent estimates of over thirty million people oppressed in slavery in almost every part of the world. The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope have jointly committed to tackling modern slavery, calling it “a crime against humanity” and giving their blessing to an ecumenical and interfaith initiative. The Bruderhof is supporting the Anglican Alliance as they research and map current Anglican initiatives on trafficking and slavery around the world. These initiatives involve prevention, care and support for survivors, and advocacy work.
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Our involvement with Heifer dates back to the World War II recovery. This hands-on group does an exceptional job lifting people out of poverty through livestock and sustainable agriculture. We’ve had Bruderhof members work on the Heifer ranch in Arkansas, and we’ve sent young men to places like Ecuador to work with the poorest. We know that when people feel helpless, it can be debilitating, so we assist Heifer in helping the poor regain their independence and livelihood, and with that a feeling of dignity and respect.
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Two Bruderhof members working with the Heifer Project in EquadorBruderhof members working with Heifer International in Equador


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The Bruderhof helps fund the missions and missioners of this Catholic organization, which has an appealingly low overhead and simple structure. The missioners are committed, serving three-year terms (sometimes as whole families) to compassionately care for the poor in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. We support missions focusing on education and farming.
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We appreciate that MSF is agnostic and will treat anyone, civilian or soldier, regardless of religious or political affiliation. And because it accepts no government funding that might affect others’ perception of its allegiance, the group has a sterling record of getting into areas where others cannot. The Bruderhof began its relationship with MSF during the Lebanon crisis in 2006. Currently we are working together to meet the medical needs of some nine million Syrians displaced by civil war.
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Open Doors does wonderful work in over 50 countries, supplying Bibles, training church leaders, providing practical support and emergency relief, and supporting Christians who suffer for their faith. They go into countries where it’s dangerous to follow Jesus – especially the Middle East – and work with churches, ministries, and families there. And back home in the UK and Ireland, they work hard to raise awareness of global persecution, through their mobilizing of prayer, support, and action among western Christians.
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Oxfam’s work addressing famine, particularly in Africa, caught our attention more than thirty years ago. Since then we’ve supported them on projects involving sustainable farming methods and clean water initiatives, such as digging wells in Sudan, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe. In the United States, we’ve participated in crisis response. During the recent influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America into the United States, we sent Bruderhof members to assist the children in Oxfam-staffed FEMA centers along the US-Mexico border.
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A Bruderhof member in Liberia with Samaritan’s PurseBruderhof members working with Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia

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The approach of Samaritan’s Purse to war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine is close to our heart, because they provide not only physical aid but spiritual aid. The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30–37) gives a clear picture of God’s desire that his followers should help those in desperate need wherever they are. After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others had passed by, Jesus told his hearers, “Go and do likewise.” Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has found an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance in the name of Jesus. That, in turn, allows them to share the Gospel, the Good News of eternal life.
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In systemic or acute crisis situations, it’s the children and mothers who are most vulnerable. Jesus says that what we do for the least of us, we do for him. Save the Children lets kids know that people care about them and they won’t be neglected in their time of need. The Bruderhof began our relationship with Save the Children by providing grants for the group’s international efforts, as well as sponsoring a literacy and nutrition program for Appalachian people living in poverty. Our participation intensified in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, as we helped to staff and furnish Save’s signature “child-friendly spaces,” and continued in a similar fashion during the Mediterranean refugee crisis in late 2015. In 2017, we also assisted in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The Bruderhof applauds Save the Children’s efforts in finding ways that effectively respond to crises caused by the increase in extreme weather patterns.
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A young woman from the Bruderhof working with children as part of a Save the Children response in Houston, Texas after Hurricane HarveyA Bruderhof member on deployment in Texas with Save the Children

For Save the Children UK, we’ve funded international relief and child nutrition programs in the Republic of South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Within the UK, we’ve most recently supported Born to Read, a program designed to improve literacy and reading interest, especially among underprivileged children. Save the Children’s ethos matches up well with our community’s love and respect for children.
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Tearfund, based in the United Kingdom, is a group of Christians passionate about ending poverty. They follow Jesus to where the need is greatest, work through local churches to unlock people’s potential, and help them to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves. We couldn’t agree more, and we love how they work tirelessly to help communities around the world escape the very worst effects of poverty and disaster. Tearfund takes the approach that the same people facing these troubles also have the best idea as to how they can overcome them. So they listen, helping people to rise out of their poverty by utilizing their resourcefulness and determination.
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The Bruderhof values commitment and that is why we support World Vision. When World Vision gets involved in a project, it remains on site to develop communities for a minimum of twenty years. We supported the group’s work in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. In Myanmar, we supported disaster relief after Cyclone Nargis and have tackled the persistent problem of child trafficking in the region. And we’re working on a fellowship that would send Bruderhof members to Africa to train farmers how to grow high-quality crops targeted to European markets.
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