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Our purpose and beliefs

What we believe (convictions)
We believe in God.
We believe that each human being is valuable and has been endowed with potential.
We have love and hope for everyone who lives in poverty, is excluded, or is caught in a crisis.

What we see (vision)
In this world, we observe poverty, exclusion and crisis, including the resulting lack of dignity. We do not give in to this. Instead, we desire justice, both for people and their communities, so that they flourish. This is how we follow Jesus Christ.

What we do (mission)
We strive for lasting change for those who live in poverty, are excluded, or are caught in a crisis.

Commitment to the people we support
Where there is poverty, exclusion or crisis, we empower people to flourish – with access to basic services, restored dignity and resilience, in strong communities, with an eye for the marginalised, without showing favouritism.

Commitment to stakeholders we work with
We proactively seek to partner with others to increase the long-term impact of our mutual efforts. We are a committed partner who delivers quality and shares expertise.

Commitment to those who support our work
We see everyone who contributes to our work – through prayer, time, money or other means – as a most valuable partner. We involve them in our work and its outcomes and impact through transparent reporting and sharing stories of change.

What we are good at (unique strengths)

Personal attention: We look people in the eye and help them gain confidence.
Decisive: We stand against injustice and we persevere.
Trustworthy: We do what we say, work deliberately and are good stewards with resources.
Local presence: We are present on site and work with local people who are able to contextualise for their specific context.

How we work (core values)

Christ like: We are a Christian organization and we work prayerfully.
Courageous: We value entrepreneurship and are ready to go off the beaten track.
Collaborative: We desire to partner with everyone who shares our mission.

We are Dorcas

We desire justice, both for people and their communities, so that they flourish. We strive for lasting change for those who live in poverty, are excluded, or are caught in a crisis. This is how we follow Jesus Christ.

We are Dorcas. We stand for justice and peace. We are inspired by the potential that lies within every human being. When we look at the world we see unique people everywhere, in all kinds of circumstances. Vulnerable, yet strong. We know that every man and woman has not had the same opportunities in life.

That is why we go where the going is tough. Striving for deliverance where lives are threatened. Creating opportunities where hope seems lost. Offering new visions of the future where there is only the ever-suffocating present. Lifting up those who have stumbled. Giving hope to the poorest of the poor. We see those who have not been seen.

Our work extends far beyond the borders of our base in the Netherlands. We are present wherever we are needed. Wherever there is need. Never fleetingly, always with an aim towards lasting change. As a powerful force to touch the lives that touch us. Our work is as simple and profound as a hand on a shoulder, as eye-to-eye contact.

We are Dorcas. A powerful and effective combination of staff and volunteers in the Netherlands and abroad. Employing our talents with passion, in a spirit of equality. From the volunteers in our shops to our bookkeepers and from our workers in Eastern Europe to those in Africa and the Middle East. Together we make Dorcas work.

Together is a key word for us. Our many colleagues and international, national, and local partners are vital to our work. The same goes for everyone who supports us. Dorcas simply would not exist without their prayers, donations and efforts. The work could not be done.

We connect people to those in need, offering help daily. Consequently, Dorcas is a fundamental part of something far greater. Something that strives to break the chain of poverty and inequality. The chain of chaos and injustice. As long as this chain exists, Dorcas will work to break it.

We are Dorcas. We believe in God. We believe in the people God has made.