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International Rescue Committee

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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

93 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I arrived to the United States, on a cold winter of December about 16 years ago from a small nation known as Myanmar. I spoke very little English and was very hard to fit in with teenagers around my age. Then, I was referred to the International rescue Committee, for they have a Youth Program, that really help refugee youths like me feel the sense of belonging.
I was in the program for throughout Middle School. I learned about the American "youth" culture. I made friends from different nationalities within the program. The Youth Program gave me the confidence which allowed me to believe that I could go to College and that I could help the world become a better place.
I graduated from Woodward Academy in 2009 and continued with my college career at Berry College. After graduating from Berry in 2013, I went into the Peace Corps. There, I served as a Community Economic Development Agent in a small West African nation called Burkina Faso for 2 years.
Now, I work for the International rescue Committee as the Career readiness Specialist for the youth program called Connect to Success. The program provides holistic support to refugee youth and young adult to help them meet their education and career goals. Through one on one coaching and group classes, program participants gain skills and connect with opportunities to achieve long term success.
This could not have ended up better for me. It truly is a pleasure to be working an organization that shaped me into who I am today and be able to give back to the refugee youths and share the steps which I have taken before their time.
If this is not a perfect full circle of what giving and investing in refugees does, then, I don't know what is.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I recently went on a field trip with IRC to Haiti. Despite the devastation caused by the earthquake, I was uplifted and inspired by the work that IRC has accomplished. Safe shelters, clean water, clean latrines, families reunited, and the tools and training to allow the Haitian people to help themselves and rebuild. It was a lesson in emergency assistance without creating dependency. IRC deserves the number one ranking in global NGOs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The IRC delivers year after year, helping those most in need and taking them from harm to home. Dollars donated go to the front lines, helping people directly. The IRC is an exceptionally well run organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The IRC maximizes donor dollars to bring help to those most in need throughout the world and also helps immigrants to the US re-settle - providing assistance throughout the transition from "harm to home". We feel that our contributions to the IRC provide superior returns on investment and empower people throughout the world through humanitarian efforts.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I would recommend the IRC to my friends as one of the best charities for humanity worldwide.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported the IRC for several years now and I've been very impressed with all aspects of our relationship. They do a great job of communicating how resources are spent, and I am a big fan of how they approach the difficult problems they tackle, e.g., involving local resources as much as possible to minimize the chance that they leave a void when they exit.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have supported the IRC for over 5 years. We feel that the IRC is an unbelievably well run organization. They do a wonderful job keeping donors up to date on the status of the various countries and communities they support.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported IRC for 15 years as a corporate and personal donor. I have visited their operations in nations in conflict and in the US harm to home program. My daughter and several friends have worked for IRC as employees and volunteers. By every measure, IRC is the best of the best - no frills, pragmatic, non-sectarian, non-political, efficient, thoughtful and courageous. By supporting IRC, I am helping people in desperate need and at the same time, projecting US values in the best way possible. The IRC will remain our principal charity recipient and will receive a bequest.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I started out as a volunteer in the IRC's Baltimore office. After such a great experience there, I became a donor to the organization, and have been donating for years. They get help to those who need it most, and I know my donation is being put to good work.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

We are greatful our family is able to contribute to such a wonderful organization . Thank you IRC for providing aid to so many, & for using our donations in the Most efficient way!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The aid the IRC provides targets the most tragic situations in the world. It is a natural place to start our giving to help those in need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked at the IRC as a fundraiser for five years and had the pleasure of seeing its invaluable programs up close as well as meet many of the wonderful donors who make its work around the world and across the US possible. During my time at the IRC, I quickly came to realize that it is one of the most passionate, effective, professional, intelligent, thoughtful, and efficient humanitarian aid organizations dedicated to saving and rebuilding lives devastated by conflict and natural disaster. Its staff on all levels is phenomenal and represent the best in the field, and its holistic approach ensures that families and communities have access to innovative and wide-ranging programs that are based on research, best practices, and decades of experience. Many of the IRC's donors have generously supported the organization for years--their unwavering commitment is a testament to IRC's remarkable accomplishments and the important role it continues to play in improving lives and communities around the world.

3 Nora9

Donor

Rating: 4

I worked at the IRC for over five years and joined their legacy society, Partners for Freedom, shortly after starting my job there.
I continue to stay well-informed of the extraordinary work that IRC does to empower women, children and communities to achieve their potential despite the huge challenges they have faced for most of their lives. IRC's work during emergencies is unparalleled and their efforts to reconstruct communities is holistic and sustainable. Moreover, IRC's programs are efficient and effective and their fundraising efforts are smart, visionary and very successful. I am proud to continue to belong to the IRC family!
Nora B.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have friends who do humanitarian work in Afghanistan and they give the IRC a glowing recommendation, based on the work they have seen them doing. The IRC is exceptionally effective, in part because they are on the ground in the trouble spot longer than many other organizations, and in part because they make such good use of local people and their expertise and social networks. They seem to be the experts on water and sanitation, two of the most urgent components of many crises. And the portion of your dollar that goes to the work itself is probably the highest I've seen.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The International Rescue Committee is by far the best charity i have ever donated to. The variety of programs and the quality of them are truly outstanding. They operate globally and use resources efficiently.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to IRC because I support its mission for rescuing lives around the world and because it uses 93% of its revenue for their rescue programs. That's a key statistic I consider when determining where to send my charity dollars. I trust IRC to use my donation wisely and to keep me informed how they use it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have gradually narrowed down the list of charities we support to those we are sure will have the most impact. Many charities are deserving but only a few are truly outstanding. These excel at their task and are very cost-conscious with their fundraising. Over the more than twenty years that we have supported the International Rescue Committee, we have only become more impressed with their dedication. The IRC is the top recipient of our charitable donations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The International Rescue Committee has a long history of helping those in greatest need at the most difficult times across the world. As a donor, I have the highest confidence that the vast majority of dollars I give will be used to render these critical services, rather than on fundraising or administrative expenses. Their integrity and transparency are outstanding.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with IRC for about a year. IRC is very effective in integrating refugees into US culture and does an excellent job finding jobs for these folks.

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Nancy73

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the IRC since the late 1970s, when the organization was Spanish Refugee Aid. The IRC has years of experience working directly with refugees and I know that my contributions have always been well used as well as much needed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very selective about which organizations I choose to support. IRC is in my top 5 without question. Their response to emergencies is immediate and effective. I trust them to use my donations in the most useful manner possible.