“On every side, in every quarter, wherever we look and analyze, religion is a powerful, motivating, determining force shaping the world around us.”
Tony Blair, Founder and Patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation
What’s the urgency?
While in office, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair encountered many challenges with a religious dimension; from 9/11 to the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the conflict between Israel and Palestine. He became increasingly aware of how faith underpins the core issues facing our world today.
Tensions within communities take seconds to take hold and generations to address. Fear and misunderstanding emerge where people have little or no interaction with each other.
The way globalization has connected people of different faiths together holds out rich possibilities for a new global neighborhood – but also presents serious challenges.
The Tony Blair Faith Foundation is committed to addressing these challenges.
How are we tackling this?
We aim to demonstrate the vital importance of interfaith collaboration and showcase how faith communities can be huge assets to government and international policy.
We inform, educate and inspire how religion motivates the world today.
Our volunteer programs enable faith communities everywhere to work together to save lives and to help combat religious conflict and tension.
We work in over 20 countries and prioritize work in conflict or post-conflict areas, where our efforts are most urgently required.
How you can help?
Your support is urgently needed right now:
- $5 will provide the materials for an in-home visit by a trained volunteer to a family in Sierra Leone in order to teach them how to protect themselves from malaria.
- $10 will help connect two high schools from different parts of the globe, so that they can explore their common values and learn to respect their cultural differences.
- $20 will help provide essential training to faith leaders in developing countries to help them work together to address major health concerns in their communities, such as malaria.
- $50 will help train a high school teacher in an area facing religious tension in how to breakdown barriers of fear and misunderstanding, both at home and abroad.
Those promoting a divisive view of religion are well organized and well-funded. As yet, there is little in the way of a positive alternative.
Together we can change this and secure a better future for generations to come.