Annual report 2011
In 2011, Dorcas again reached out to many people in various countries, despite the recession and its expected effects on the organizational income. A total of 180,000 people were reached through the WASH program, 13,000 people living with HIV/AIDS received care and another 400,000 received access to health care, 5,000 people were enabled to obtain a sustainable income, 80,000 most vulnerable individuals benefited from our social care and 3,200 children and 4,535 elderly people have been sponsored. This can be read in the annual report 2011 that is now available in English.
The projects impact the lives of many people directly. Take for instance Berta, who lives in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Inhaminga, Mozambique. She found support at a Dorcas' health project after her family abandoned her when she was tested HIV positive. She took the advice regarding treatment adherence and healthy diet seriously and both her children are born HIV negative. Now she acts as a role model and peer educator, and stimulates others to go for VCT and disclose their status.
Relief and rehabilitation
Relief aid especially targeted the drought stricken Horn of Africa in 2011. Dorcas provided water and food to over 8,500 families in collaboration with other NGOs. Also relief aid was provided in situations with limited media attention, such as to internally displaced people and refugees in Afghanistan who had to spend the winter in refugee camps and victims of local floods in South Africa.
Dorcas values sustainability of improvements in the living conditions of the people and the communities. Therefore, Dorcas continuous to stimulate involvement of local governments and strives to look for opportunities to partner with others. Furthermore, partner capacity building remains an important pillar of our strategy, because we belief that building the capacity of partners is the only way to achieve sustainable improvement in the targeted communities.
Despite the economic crisis, the funds raised in 2011 increased slightly to 19.6 million euro. Dorcas has been determined not to let the poor pay the price for the financial crisis. Many volunteers have contributed to this result, such as the volunteers working in shops, schools that collect money and volunteer drivers who bring aid goods to Eastern Europe. ‘It is overwhelming to have all these people do this work with the goal in mind that connects us all: helping our fellow human beings', say the Dorcas directors.
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|Thursday, 9 August 2012