Restoring damaged housed and rebuilding businesses

70,000 damaged houses. This is the most visible effect of the explosion in Beirut last summer. Many businesses are also damaged. Sole proprietorships are severely hit. The Joint Response in Lebanon assists with repairing houses…

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Netherlands Ambassador Commends Dorcas Beirut Response

Last week, the Chargée D’affaires of the Netherlands Embassy in Lebanon, Frederique de Man, paid a visit to our community centre in Beirut where she praised Dorcas’ emergency response to the 4 August port blasts….

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Beirut residents traumatised and financially affected by the explosion

The consequences of the explosion in Beirut are immense. Adults and children carry the traumatic experience with them every day. Many people lost not only their homes as a result of the explosion but also…

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REPORT: COVID-19 and the Rights of Older People in Developing Countries

The COVID-19 pandemic and in fact all crises – acute or prolonged – remind us that human rights need to be central in all recovery and development efforts. The Sustainable Development Goals will only be…

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Rising prices and an increase in COVID-19 infections are causing a great need for food and hygiene kits in Beirut

Shortage of food is a major emerging problem in Lebanon. In the past year, prices for food have increased considerably due to the bad economic situation. In addition, many people lost their source of income…

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3 months after the Beirut explosion: there is still a lot of work to be done

In the past three months, Dutch humanitarian aid and development organisations CARE, Cordaid, Dorcas, Save the Children, Stichting Vluchteling and World Vision have collaborated to help Beirut recover from the damaging explosion in partnership with…

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Beirut Blasts: The Long Road to Recovery

Nearly three months on from the devastating explosions that shook the city, Beirut’s wounds remain far from healed. Life changed irreversibly for the people of Lebanon when two huge blasts ripped through the Capital’s port…

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The team and I rushed to take cover as people started screaming

Have you ever felt like you were constantly on guard, because a calamity could happen any moment? Have you been looking for places to take cover, everywhere you go, just in case of an explosion?…

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Beirut devastated by explosion

Dorcas employees in Lebanon unharmed A devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon’s capital city wreaked havoc on Tuesday night. At least 140 people were killed and 5,000 injured, while more than 300,000 people have become homeless….

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A message from our CEO Leo Visser about COVID-19

Watch the video here. Dear colleagues, partners, donors and indeed everyone who is connected to Dorcas, Right now, the world has turned upside down. Lives are in danger. We feel confused, scared and powerless. The…

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The COVID-19 crisis requires national ánd international solidarity

Appeal for international solidarity from 40 development, human rights and emergency organizations to the Dutch government Our lives have changed completely in a short time as the world is being overwhelmed by the effects of…

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Response to COVID-19

The current spread of the coronavirus effects the work of Dorcas, its partners, our beneficiaries and their communities. We are implementing the needed precautions to ensure the safety and security of our staff and volunteers and…

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UN Geneva Delegation visits Dorcas in northern Iraq

A special delegation from Geneva visited Dorcas’ work in Duhok in February.  Together with the Dorcas team the delegation visited our work in Chamisko, a camp for people that have fled war and violence within…

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South Sudan Joint Response: reaching more people while saving time and money

The impact of multiple crises in South Sudan, including armed conflict, disease outbreak and economic hardship, continues in 2020. Since the start of the internal conflict between the government and opposition forces in 2013, some…

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Nadia Murad continues to fight for justice for the Yazidis

Internationally, she became the face of the genocide of the Yazidis by the Islamic State (IS) – of the sexual violence and atrocities committed against the women and girls in her community. As a human…

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