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Impact in 2017: Anchoring Change

Today, Dorcas presents the Annual Report 2017. It concerns an English report that tells about the impact of our work. We supported more than 600,000 people in 18 countries in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. We share successes, challenges and personal stories from people we supported.

We also explain how people in the Netherlands are involved in our work, for example in Dorcas Shops and with the Dorcas Food Campaign. Of course, the finances are discussed and we explain the strategic choices that have been made. We explain our Theory of Change and our Approaches. In addition, we share the internal organisational changes that are going on in order to be able to touch even more people with our work in the future.

One of the people we helped this year is Kawree. She fled in Iraq because of the conflict. She shared her story with us: ‘I’ve had an amazing life. Our family was huge, just like our farming business. I worked on the farm from an early age. My friend Buhar was the same age as me. When we didn’t have to work, we would build tiny houses from mud and dig out little swimming pools around them. (…) Three years ago terrorists ransacked our village. I fled with Buhar and our families, deeper into Iraq. I left everything behind. Remember those houses we used to build out of mud? That’s what we live in now. And my kids work on someone else’s land in order to make a living.’

In 2017 we helped 600,000 people on place where we were needed. Never fleetingly, always with an aim towards lasting change. As a powerful force to touch the lives that touch us. Our work is as simple and profound as a hand on a shoulder, as eye-to-eye contact. We are Dorcas. A powerful and effective combination of staff and volunteers in the Netherlands and abroad. Employing our talents with passion, in a spirit of equality. From the volunteers in our shops to our bookkeepers and from our workers in Eastern Europe to those in Africa and the Middle East. Together we make Dorcas work.

You can view our Annual Report in different ways:

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How we work

Dorcas operates building the capacities of local partner organisations and funding their relief and development projects.

Our Programmes

Dorcas supports Relief, Early Recovery and Resilient Livelihoods, Enterprising people and Community Based Care and Protection.