Our work:

Founded at the call of Albert Einstein in 1933, the International Rescue Committee delivers lasting impact for people whose lives have been shattered by conflict and disaster. In the toughest and most remote places on earth, our programmes meet people’s multi-faceted needs through a rigorous, performance-based approach to all that we do.

In over 40 countries, our teams react quickly and stay for as long as they are needed. We listen to and respond to people’s needs, from clean water, shelter, and health care to education and earning an income. We ensure people not only survive, but also recover and rebuild their livelihoods, leading lives defined by the hope and dignity we all deserve.

In 2018, the IRC and our international partners:

  • Provided 1.6 million children with schooling and education opportunities.
  • Supported 15,600 existing businesses and 4,700 new businesses.
  • Reached 21,900 people through awareness-raising sessions on governance-related topics, such as individual rights, conflict mitigation and local government hotlines.
  • Trained 23,800 people on child protection, gender-based violence and protection principles, and service delivery.
  • Reached 1.2 million people through our efforts to raise awareness about human rights, protection and gender-based violence.
  • Supported 16,100 schools, education centers, vocational training centers and safe healing and learning spaces.

Learn more about the IRC’s impact in our 2018 Annual Report.