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Our Impact

The number of people in need has increased sharply during 2015 as a result of natural disasters and conflicts. Globally, over sixty million people have been displaced (source: UNHCR Global Trends Report 2015). The magnitude of crises in places such as Syria, Ukraine, Nepal and South Sudan requires humanitarian organisations to be active in many different areas at the same time. This frequently puts pressure on available financial resources.

During 2015, Dorcas invested substantial effort in raising funds for disaster response and capacity building in the field and in our main office. The nature of the crises requires that relief is brought swiftly to the displaced. For this reason, we developed a clear protocol for rapid interventions, performed more cash transfer programmes (this, rather than distributing purchased food or non-food items, will allow people to buy things according to their needs) and launched a pilot project using digital assessment methods (a tablet app allowing Dorcas workers to enter information, save the location and make pictures while the interview with an affected individual is ongoing. This allows data to be stored in a central database for analysis purposes, accomplishing time savings and faster emergency response based on the specific needs of the individuals). In addition, we expanded our cooperation to include other organisations. Furthermore, we focused on programmes aimed at removing the causes of conflicts and natural disasters. Dorcas Aid International reached over 720,000 people in 2015:

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Lebanon
Lebanon accommodates an estimated 1.5 million Syrian and Iraqi refugees, making up 25% of Lebanon’s total population. This makes Lebanon the country taking in the highest number of refugees per capita in the world, outdoing the entire European Union. Significantly, many Lebanese are living below the poverty line themselves. In 2015, we supported Syrian refugees, Iraqi refugees and Lebanese citizens living in poverty.

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Syria
The conflict in Syria has evolved into the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. 13.5 million people are in need, with 8.7 million people lacking the resources to feed themselves on a daily basis. During 2015, Dorcas helped to build two mobile hospitals in 2015. The mobile hospitals are specialised in care around birth and the care for female victims of sexual violence. The programs inside Syria are managed from the Dorcas Lebanon office. In addition, we provided the following support:

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