DCA’s anniversary is a story of 100 years of hope.
DCA was born out of war and an urgent need for humanitarian action in Europe in the aftermath of World War I, where desperation swept through the continent.
Today, in a time where humanitarian action and the fight for human rights is needed more than ever, DCA is still driven by decisive action in strong cooperation with partners across sectors and continents.
Our story in short
The story of DCA begins in 1922
In a war-torn Europe, where many looked to churches for aid. The need was therefore urgent when clergy meet in August of 1922 in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, to organize a combined effort.
Today, and with support from churches, volunteers, and institutional and private partners, DCA provides humanitarian relief aid, clears mines in many the world’s hotspots and creates lasting change through innovative, long-term development initiatives.
In 2020, DanChurchAid helped 61,000 Syrians with shelter and basic necessities. Furthermore 215,000 Syrians received trauma treatment and psychosocial support.
Massive challenges call for further action
Today the world faces massive challenges. A record-high number of people are forcibly displaced from protracted conflicts.
The global Covid-19 pandemic has pushed more than 150 million people back into extreme poverty. And ever evolving climate change increases the number of people in critical need of protection.
Alongside people who live in poverty, hunger, oppression, discrimination, war, or disaster, DCA and partners raise hope through action, we save lives, build resilient communities, and fight extreme inequality.
We will, in years to come, continue the fight for democracyDCA’s General Secretary Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen
YOU ASK ME WHAT HOPE IS
‘YOU ASK ME WHAT HOPE IS’ won the song competition marking DanChurchAid’s 100 year anniversary in 2022.
Listen to the instrumental version here