Churches facing increasing number of requests for financial asisstance
Dutch Protestant churches have seen the number of requests for financial assistance more than double in just two years. The data feature in the report Armoede in Nederland 2010 Poverty in the Netherlands in 2010 published by Kerk in Actie Church in Action on Wednesday.
Fifteen religious denominations took part in the poverty research, which included a total of more than 4,000 church social welfare groups, parish charity institutions and other church organisations. Other social institutions, such as food banks and emergency funds were also interviewed.
The Protestantse Kerk in Nederland Protestant Church in the Netherlands has seen the number of requests for financial assistance more than double from 7,300 in 2007 to nearly 16.000 in 2009.
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