Raising Families

At Samaritan’s Purse, we believe that raising healthy, loving families is one of the most effective ways to fight poverty and create strong, stable communities.

But in many developing countries today, millions of families are in crisis and really struggling each day to survive.

• 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty on less than 80p a day

• 870 million people go hungry every day

• Farmers cannot afford seed to plant the crops that could feed their families. Others have no land, safe water or the practical skills to lay the foundations to build a secure future for their families

• In 2009, over 31 million children of primary school age in Sub-Saharan Africa were denied the chance of an education

• In 2011, 6.9 million children aged under five died from these preventable diseases – that’s almost 13 children dying needlessly every minute


Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…

James 1:27 (NIV)



Raising Families brings hope

Building on over 15 years’ experience of assisting needy families, Samaritan’s Purse is now working through local churches in Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa to enable:

• Access to life-saving healthcare, especially for children

• Families to have regular, nutritious meals

• Children to receive an education

• Families to generate regular sources of income and the means to create a safe and loving home


To find out about our Raising Families Harvest initiative and resources click here.  

How you can help

Unlike traditional ‘sponsorship’ programmes, Raising Families ensures no long-term dependency on donors; families are taken to a sustainable future within three years.

But there’s more. Donors rightly expect us to make every penny count, to maximise the impact of their giving. So, with Raising Families we have chosen to work through trained volunteers from local churches instead of paid field staff and we have reduced ‘administration’ costs, such as creating profiles, sending photographs and providing regular reports about the individual family. We have also worked with local Churches and communities to contribute their own assets, giving them ownership and dignity and cutting dependence.

This is why we can do all that we do for families for just £10 a month!

Whatever you can afford to give, either through Direct Debit or as a single gift at this time, you can be sure that you are investing in the future of families – whether headed up by a child, a single parent, a Grandparent or a Mum and Dad – and releasing them from the chains of poverty.

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Join hundreds of UK churches now planning to do something special for Raising Families as part of THIS YEAR’s Harvest Festival celebration!

At the Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE) held at the Sandown Racecourse in Esher, Surrey, in May 2013, hundreds of churches, large and small, from across the UK saw the opportunity to do something different THIS year for their Harvest Festival celebration and signed up to receive a special Raising Families Harvest Pack. While many churches still hold to the tradition of a Harvest Festival, it became clear that others had let this particular ‘celebration’ slip from their church calendar. All who signed up are looking forward to receiving their Raising Families Harvest Pack, keen not only to breathe new life into their celebration of what the Lord has provided for them and their communities, but keen also to understand how the church family can work with their communities and with Samaritan’s Purse to bring hope to so many needy families overseas.


(Photo, above: Footballer Linvoy Primus opened CRE 2013 and met with the Samaritan’s Purse team)

Request your FREE Harvest Pack today to help you and your church family use the gifts, talents and assets that God has given you for the benefit of others. While we draw inspiration from what families in developing countries are achieving, despite all the obstacles in their lives, we realise how much more we can give and benefit personally when we are prepared to live more simply and sacrificially on behalf of others.

Our Harvest Pack includes a wide range of resources to help you make Raising Families a focus in your Harvest Festival celebrations.