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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.

Review from #MyGivingStory


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.

Review from CharityNavigator

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.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

This salary is obscene. $380,818 George E. Rupp President, CEO

Review from CharityNavigator

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

We think that International Rescue Committee is doing a wonderful job in helping people. Without the help of non - profits many people around the world would not receive any help.