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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Syrian Dorcas volunteer in UN exhibition

Celebrated on 19 August each year, World Humanitarian Day is set to honour relief workers around the world. In Beirut, Lebanon, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has organised a…

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Psychosocial Support: just as important as Food and Safety

‘Psychosocial relief aid in the world’s trouble spots should be paid more attention to’, says Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in an interview on Dutch television. ‘Psychosocial support during crises is…

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The extra mile for a second chance

18-year-old Navoi is a beautiful girl from Tanzania, with an enormous amount of life experience. Dorcas first crossed paths with her some ten years ago. Thanks to her sponsor from the Netherlands, she was able…

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Salvation in War

Fleeing Syria’s brutal civil war, over one million people have sought safety in Lebanon – where refugees now represent a quarter of the population. Dorcas is working to empower women and girls – who seek…

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