ZOA helps over a million people in crisis areas in 2018

ZOA has published its Annual Report over 2018.  The conflict in Yemen was in the spotlight and the earthquakes on Lombok and Sulawesi also received a lot of media coverage in 2018. Other conflicts also perpetuated and many people were in desperate need for help in countries like Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and DR Congo. Director Chris Lukkien is grateful that ZOA was able to reach out to over a million victims of conflicts and disasters.

Increasing needs worldwide

One of ZOAs strategic decisions was to increase its emergency relief capacity in 2018. As a result, ZOA was able to respond to crises not only in Indonesia, but also in Nigeria and Ethiopia. Furthermore, the organization expanded its programs in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Yemen. Yemen is one of the crisis areas where ZOA employees did life-saving work in 2018. In this war-torn country, more than 150,000 people were helped in the fight against hunger and cholera.

The world is at war. An unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world were forced to flee their homes – nearly double the number at the start of this millennium. As an organisation, we want reach out to the most vulnerable amongst them.

ZOA goes beyond offering emergency assistance and stays with people during the recovery phase. In this context, a highlight of the year was ZOAs formal registration in Syria. Lukkien: ”Formal registration enables us to address the needs in Syria. We can open an office in Damascus, which will enable us to reach out to more people and connect with new institutional donors. As a result, we can assist the people of Syria on their journey towards a restored country.”

Over 93 percent spent on objectives

ZOA is grateful for a dedicated group of supporters who again donated generously for people who have been affected by wars or natural disasters. The income from the Dutch supporters and via institutional donors amounted to 50 million in 2018. This is an increase of 9 percent compared to 2017. Of the expenditures, 93.4 percent was spent directly on the objectives.

Click here to read the Annual Report 2018.