Devastation and a flood of refugees, as a result of conflict and terror, have made the presence of ZOA in the Middle East more necessary than ever before. ZOA publishes its annual report for 2017, showing that there were more funds available to projects in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen, among others. Our colleagues in the field are operating in very challenging and dangerous areas, however in 2017 no serious security incidents have taken place. This is something we are very grateful for.
In 2017 ZOA could provide more aid, due to a growth in revenue. This growth came from our own constituency as well as institutional donors (Governments, EU and UN). Total revenues increased by more than twelve percent compared to 2016, to 56.6 million euros. An increasing proportion of the amount entrusted to us is spent on actual aid in the program countries. Overhead costs decreased from 7.7% percent in 2016 to 6.8% in 2017. Because of this we were able to provide more relief, hope and recovery to millions of victims of armed conflicts and natural disasters.
Start and expansion of programs
In 2017, directly after the liberation from IS, ZOA was able to start relief work in the Iraqi city of Mosul. We also started providing aid to six hundred thousand Afghans returning from Pakistan. In Nigeria ZOA started an emergency relief program for victims of Boko Haram, we saved many people from dying as a result of famine and cholera. Emergency relief in Yemen was also life-saving, we expanded the emergency relief program when the country -besides being in civil war- was plagued by famine and cholera.
In 2017 the number of donors increased slightly to about 36,000. In addition, the amount per donor has increased. Both the income for specific emergency relief programs – such as the famine in Yemen and East Africa – as well as the income for the regular programs have increased in 2017, this reflects the commitment and loyalty of our donors. We would like to make a special mention of the considerable growth in revenue through schools and churches. We have a lot to be thankful for!