In 2015, Dorcas helped 373,375 people in emergency situations; more than three times as many as last year. Many were displaced because of the earthquake in Nepal, others were refugees from Syria and Iraq and many fled because of the turmoil in eastern Ukraine. You can find out more about this in our recently released annual report. Dorcas is thankful for all the donations and funds that have made all of this possible.
The other side of the coin is that, compared to all the funds that were available for relief aid, less has been available for long-term development projects. Dorcas had to delay the start of several planned projects and approximately 25,000 people are still awaiting help. In order to help these people as soon as possible, Dorcas initiated a campaign in the Netherlands that is meant to increase the income for sustainable development projects.
Dorcas aims to facilitate lasting change in communities. Rather than providing some short-term help, we want to support people so that they can take care of themselves and of each other in the long run. In 2015, Dorcas impacted the lives of 275,000 people through its sustainable development programmes.
In 2016, Dorcas will continue to develop the sustainability of its approach and in 2017, the organisation enters a new strategic period. The board of directors states: ‘Dorcas will have to adapt, reinvent and emphasise its approach so that it can meet the needs of an ever-changing society’.
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20 June 2016