Area: 91,699 square miles (~2.4% of the US)
Population: 21.8 million
Length of Dorcas’ work: since 1989
Sectors of work:
– Sustainable livelihoods
– Child development
– Social care (including Elder care)
Dorcas began their involvement in Romania when people from Netherlands started visiting Romanians who were imprisoned for their Christian beliefs during the Ceausescu regime. They brought various goods to donate to the people and started making local connections. After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, Dorcas sent the first relief aid donations to Romania and started agricultural projects in addition to various projects related to social care for Romanian families and orphans. Although Romania is a part of the European Union, it is still necessary to support local partner organizations who are dedicated to improving the living conditions of the poor and marginalized people.
About twenty percent of Romanians live below the poverty line. This especially affects the people who are dependent on the government’s support, like children and youth in state institutions, the elderly, minority people groups (such as the Roma), and people in remote areas. It is thought that approximately 1 in 5 Romanian children are subject to child labor.
Dorcas is currently focused on stimulating the agriculture as well as reducing youth unemployment in Romania. In addition, Dorcas is dedicated to supporting projects geared towards the poor, including Roma children and elderly. These projects are located in the very poor regions in the northeastern and northwestern parts of the country.