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Syria Joint Response

Twelve million people in Syria are in dire need of humanitarian aid. The country is suffering one of the darkest periods in history. With 7.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 4 million refugees, it is the worst humanitarian disaster in the world. Millions of Syrians need help.


Eleven development and relief organisations from the Netherlands, including Dorcas, have joined forces  in the Syria Joint Response programme to help the victims of the conflict in Syria. More than 300,000 people will be reached by this programme.  A combined project proposal of nearly EUR 12 million was recently approved by Lilian Ploumen, the Dutch minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The programme focuses on providing shelter, food, water, health, hygiene and, particularly for women and children, psycho-social support. The programme extends to the neighbouring countries Jordan and Lebanon that are also severely impacted by the situation as they have become host to more than1.8 million Syrian refugees.

Dorcas received EUR 1,222,976 for the implementation of a relief programme that will run from 1 May 2015 to 29 February 2016. 25,200 people in Idlib, Aleppo and Al-Hasakah will receive food parcels for a period of three months and 5,000 people will received medical treatment in a mobile hospital in Idlib. ‘These funds will enable us to set up new relief projects for Syrian refugees. For this we are grateful,’ said Dorcas  Disaster Management team-leader Ruben Mulder.


Under the Syria Joint Response Dorcas was able to provide 34.714 individuals with food support and a mobile hospital was established in Idlib region.