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Causes: International, International Development, International Migration & Refugee Issues, International Relief

Mission: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Programs: Irc is operational in 18 countries throughout africa providing relief, rehabilitation and post conflict support to communities in the midst of, or recently recovering from, conflict, violence, and natural disasters. Throughout west africa, in nigeria, ivory coast, liberia, and sierra leone, irc works in close cooperation with government and local communities to provide postconflict assistance that rebuilds communities and institutions devastated by decades of civil war. Irc was recently one of the foremost organizations in the ebola crisis response. In burundi, rwanda, uganda, tanzania, and zimbabwe, irc works with refugees, returnees, and host communities to ensure that critical support reaches those most in need. Irc programs in south sudan,car and dr congo help communities recover from conflict, chronic poverty, and government instability. Irc provides relief and post conflict development in kenya,somalia and ethiopia. Irc programming in mali,niger and chad provides lifesaving assistance during drought emergencies as well as periods of political instability and armed conflict.

irc also worked in the middle east, northern caucasus, and haiti in fy 2014. Irc is present in yemen to provide support for those whose lives and families have been disrupted by the ongoing political tumult and ensuing violence in the country, particularly with respect to sanitation and child nutrition. In the northern caucasus irc assists women and girls by partnering with local organizations that raise awareness of gender-based violence and provide care for survivors. In the middle east, irc is calling attention to the plight of those uprooted by turmoil in syria and doing our part to support thousands of syrian refugees in iraq, jordan, lebanon and turkey. Additionally irc implements programs in iraq for internally displaced individuals. Irc provides medical aid, helps women and girls who have been victims of violence, and ensures that refugees have access to their legal rights. In haiti, the irc is focused on providing education and support to children and youth, as well as attending to programs of water and sanitation.

in fy 2014, irc worked in afghanistan, pakistan, myanmar, thailand, malaysia, and philippines. In afghanistan, irc focuses on providing returning refugees and internally displaced afghans with shelter, water and sanitation, and restoring the nations health, infrastructure and economy. In myanmar, irc provides humanitarian assistance focusing on health, water and sanitation, livelihoods and social development. Irc aids over 140,000 refugees in camps along the thai myanmar border, providing drinking water and food as well other basic services. Support for displaced individuals and families in irc centers throughout thailand and malaysia. In pakistan, irc is rebuilding homes, schools, roads and other infrastructure, in addition to providing educational programming through the pakistan reading project. In philippines, irc works through partnership with local organizations to provide economic and reconstruction assistance to people affecting by recent devastating typhoons.

Community Stories

69 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

The IRC has a long history and great track record of providing life-saving support to refugees and disaster victims around the world -- food, shelter, medical care, counseling, relocation assistance.

It is less well known than many better-funded charities because little of its budget goes to costly advertising campaigns. Instead, most of what they raise goes directly to programs. This only makes me support them more. Well worth your donation dollars.

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Donor

Rating: 5

IRC is *the go-to place for donations; they get the work done and use the funds well... my sister, who works for International health, highly recommends them; they are reliable and efficient, for the right reasons.

My thanks to IRC for your great work!

Lia Lynn Rosen

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Sherry T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am very selective about the organizations I support, and IRC is among a few that I trust the most. They are very professional and have a good track record of getting money where it's most needed.

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Andrejs O.

Donor

Rating: 5

It's such a boon to know an agency that is truly on the up-and-up in its service to people in need and in the way it handles resources. In the flood of junk-mail hustles, the familiar logo of IRC stands out as a place I can put my oar in where it will do some good.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the unique experience of seeing the IRC at work in the field when I visited a Rwandan refugee camp near the borders of Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania back in late 1994. At the time, it was probably the largest refugee camp in the world. I had already been a donor prior to that; but after that visit I was an absolutely convinced donor for the rest of my life. I was very much impressed with the dedication and expertise of the IRC staff there. IRC works in so many areas of the world where others would not dare to go, and it also does a great job of resettling refugees in the U.S. When disasters strike, IRC is often one of the first to spring into action because they are so often already there with years of on the ground experience. They use a very high percentage of each of my donations for program and services, and I like that. I am an experienced donor, and I know an effective charity when I see it. IRC is an extremely effective charity.

Donor

Rating: 5

IRC is one of the charities that I give to consistently, year in and year out. I've lived and worked with a number of refugees here in the United States, so I know from their stories just how important IRC is. I also appreciate that IRC keeps expenses low so more money can go to direct services.

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Donna234567

Donor

Rating: 5

I worked professionally with the IRC and was inspired to become a donor. Their work not only saves lives, but changes them for the better.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I hear from others in the nonprofit international relief world that contributing to IRC is the best way to insure that your money goes to help people in need. Also, I have recently learned, from an IRC staff member, what IRC is doing in my own state to combat human trafficking. I am very pleased with what I know about how they operate and with the communications they send to contributors.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It resonates with me that the IRC was founded in 1933 at the suggestion of Albert Einstein, and their first work was to help those oppressed by Hitler. Their work is inspiring, the difficulties faced by those who need their aid heartbreaking.
My hope is that more people will be moved to give to the IRC, because so many in the world need their assistance.

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Mrtaylandlady1900

Donor

Rating: 5

I have contributed to the IRC for seven years after receiving a mailing from the organization. I read the material and was impressed that the administrative costs were kept low and their field work was impressive.

This year I received a personal phone call from a woman who was a refuge from the middle east and was able to settle in the US thanks to the IRC. A very nice personal touch.

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