ZOA (humanitarian organisation)

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TypeHumanitarian Aid
FocusEmergency relief and recovery
  • Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
Area served
14 countries
Key people
Chris Lukkien

ZOA is an international christian humanitarian aid organization based in the Netherlands that offers help to people affected by natural disasters or armed conflict. ZOA works together with communities to bring recovery so people can restore their livelihoods, for instance through income- and agricultural projects.


ZOA was founded in 1976 as Stichting Comité Hulpverlening Zuidoost-Azië (Committee Assistance Southeast Asia) in Groningen as the continuation of the Committee Hulpverlening Zuid-Vietnam (Committee Assitance South-Vietnam) that was formed in 1973.


In 2012 the name changed from ZOA-vluchtelingenzorg (ZOA-refugee care) to ZOA. ZOA offers emergency relief and assistance during repatriation and reconstruction, and doing so works closely together with the local population. ZOA has a christian foundation, but delivers aid regardless of religious or political backgrounds. ZOA helps refugees to earn their own livelihoods. Besides, ZOA offers emergency relief in countries such as Indonesia and Colombia. Some examples of the work of ZOA are education projects in Darfur, irrigation projects in Pakistan, construction of boreholes in Ethiopia, building houses in Indonesia, trauma workshops in Iraq, agricultural training in Liberia, and seeds distribution in Burundi. ZOA wants to help communities become self-reliant. To accomplish this, recovery programmes aimed at structural change, reduction of vulnerabilities, and social equality. ZOA is active in Afghanistan, Burundi, Congo-Kinshasa, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Iraq, Myanmar, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Uganda, and Yemen

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  • Jan Derix, Zolang ik leef, zal ik huilen, December 1980. Tegelen: Uitgeverij De Mercuur, ISBN 90-9000172-7 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.. With preface by Eva den Hartog, Major Salvation Army. About the fate of the Cambodian refugees in Thailand from 1978 to 1980 and the role of ZOA, among others, in the first reception in particular.


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