Dorcas is a Christian development and relief organisation committed to fulfil the command Jesus Christ gave: to care for and empower the poor and oppressed (Matt. 25:31-46). Dorcas accomplishes this by promoting self reliance through development, the provision of social care and assisting in emergency situations. Dorcas provides this assistance irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
We operate in partnership with local churches and Christian organisations, awakening and empowering them to share the love of Christ through practical deeds. Dorcas began in 1980 as a small group of people in the Netherlands mainly focused on assisting those imprisoned for their faith under the communist regime. Now, over twenty years later, Dorcas Aid International is operating worldwide providing social, development and relief aid through over 100 projects in more than 20 countries in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Middle East, Eastern and Southern Africa.
Dorcas Aid derives its name from a woman mentioned in the Bible: a follower of Christ who lived 2000 years ago, a few years after He had left for heaven. She was 'always doing good and helping the poor'(Acts 9:36). She was an example for the Christians of the early church.
Dorcas operates by funding projects of local partners. A local partner is a Christian church or aid organization that helps the poor in their community.
Dorcas builds the capacity of these local organizations in order to achieve effective implementation of relief, rehabilitiation, development and social care projects.
The focus for poverty reduction and increased self-reliance is on: ·Sustainable Livelihoods ·Health Care ·Water, Sanitation and Hygiene ·Child Care and Development ·Social Care ·Relief and Rehabilitation
Through the supported projects, Dorcas also promotes human rights, gender equality and sustainability.
Dorcas is financially supported by local churches, donors, governments, the UN and the European Union. Dorcas also collects and supplies goods in kind, to different projects in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Worldwide thousands of volunteers are actively involved in our work.
International Board Members:
Dr. Ine Voorham, Chair (the Netherlands)
Mr. Klaas Kloosterboer, Secretary (the Netherlands)