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Project Description

Supporting Immigrant Communities

International Rescue Committee 

Established in 1955

Mission Statement: The mission of the IRC is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future.

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Impacts & Achievements:

Some of the highlights

CEO Salary: 0.04% of expenses

  • Operates in 40+ countries as well as 28 US cities

  • In 2016, IRC helped 24 million people gain access to clean drinking water or sanitation, gained 3.8 million people access to clean drinking water or sanitation,

  • In 2016 provided schooling and educational opportunities to 1.5 million children

  • In 2016 provided cash and asset transfers to more than 227,000 individuals

  • In 2016 settled 13,400 newly arrived refugees in the United States.

  • In 2017 trained 21,273 people on child protection, gender-based violence, protection principles and service delivery.

Featured Programs:

How the IRC is making a difference

Economic Well Being

The IRC provides direct assistance for people as they try to feed their families and find a safe place to live, and we work to improve livelihoods opportunities for long-term economic wellbeing. They help meet this goal by providing business-skills training for in-demand jobs and strengthening connections in local labor markets so that prospective employers can more easily find employees with the skills they need. They also encourage new entrepreneurs and helping local businesses to grow through mentorship, financial management training, technical support and access to grants and loans.


The International Rescue Committee helps those who are experiencing or recovering from conflict and disaster reduce their risk of falling ill and receive treatment when they do get sick. This includes developing transformative strategies for treating malnourished children, particularly in the most remote areas. The IRC promotes women’s health by supporting skilled health workers who keep women and babies safe during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as increasing access to family planning for women in crisis zones, including long-acting methods.


The International Rescue Committee provides children, youth and adults with educational opportunities that help keep them safe and learning the skills they need to survive and thrive. The goal is to ensure that youth and adults have high levels of livelihood, literacy, numeracy and social-emotional skills. The IRC provides learning opportunities that teach employment-related and trade-specific technical skills, such as budgeting, accounting and marketing. Along with this, they provide younger children with access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education.


The International Rescue Committee helps those who are recovering from conflict and disaster seek protection from harm, build safer communities, and understand their human rights. They do this by Developing knowledge and skills of employers and employees to maintain a safe physical workplace as well as Ensuring children are not physically, sexually, or psychologically abused, or neglected or exploited, within their homes.

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