Dorcas was founded by Dutch entrepreneur Dirk-Jan Groot in 1980. Groot was inspired by a foundation that supported Eastern Europeans who were persecuted for their religious beliefs during the Cold War. In the 1990s, the organisation expanded its activities to Africa - and, in the last decade, to the Middle East.
Today we are active in over 10 countries in 3 regions - working to improve the resilience and livelihoods of vulnerable people living with poverty, social exclusion and armed conflict.
Thousands of volunteers in Dorcas Shops, in Dorcas depots, working in groups and in local churches are the lifeblood of our organisation. 2020 will mark the 25th edition of the Dorcas Food Campaign - thanks to more than 700 communities across the Netherlands.