The International Rescue Committee 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 in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home. IRC rescues lives by healing the sick and preventing disease, relocating refugees, rebuilding communities, empowering women and girls, and reuniting families. It also consistently advocates for change by bringing public attention to neglected humanitarian emergencies, and speaking out on behalf of the oppressed and those displaced by violence or persecution.
Key Achievements in 2010:
IRC gave over 4.4 million people access to clean drinking water and sanitation.
IRC doctors, nurses and community health workers served nearly 14.5 million people with primary and reproductive health care, vaccinated 210,000 children for measles and other childhood diseases, and helped 152,000 women deliver healthy babies.
IRC trained over 6,000 educators and supported 2,300 schools attended by 373,000 children, over half of them girls. The organization also provided and supported skills training for over 11,500 young people while nearly 12,000 children participated in IRC sponsored child-friendly spaces and children’s clubs.
Counseled and cared for nearly 12,000 survivors of sexual violence and educated and mobilized over 2.5 million men, women and children to lead prevention efforts in their communities.
Assisted over 17,200 refugees who departed from camps and cities in East Asia to enter the United States and build new lives
In the United States, IRC helped resettle some 9,600 newly arrived refugees and provided services to over 24,500 refugees, asylees, and victims of human trafficking.
The American Institute of Philanthropy give the IRC an A+ rating.
Charity Navigator awarded IRC four stars, its highest rating.