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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.

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

n 2010 Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake that cost more than 230 000 lives, leaving thousands homeless and injured, thus touching the lives of most people in Haiti. In the meantime, whilst strong global humanitarian efforts have helped to improve the situation, other circumstances like storms, rainfall and flooding have prohibited the recovery of infrastructure and many people are still suffering. The subsequent onset of the cholera disease has further amplified the difficulties.

1 Andy D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IRC has both disaster-centered and stateside programs for refugees, backed by sound financial management, and a long-term view that makes it unique among charitable agencies in international health.

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Roberta G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a nurse, humanitarian aid worker and writer and it has been my privilege to work with the IRC in their programs, both emergency and ongoing, around the world. For me, the IRC is the "real deal" delivering time and again, the purest form of humanitarian assistance imaginable. In the darkest corners of the world, it is invariably the IRC staff who will shine a light of hope by providing a myriad of necessary programs to allow refugees and displaced to survive chaos and destruction with their dignity, health and courage intact.
The IRC challenges all of us to be better, and by meeting that challenge, the world is a little more restored, a little more recovered each day.