Who we are - The IRC's impact at a glance
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and help people to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.
Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees and displaced people forced to flee from war or disaster.
In more than 40 countries and in 26 U.S. cities, our dedicated teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people. Here are highlights of our impact over the last year:
In 2018, the IRC and our international program partners:
- Provided 1.6 million children with schooling and education opportunities.
- Supported 15,645 existing businesses and 4,738 new businesses.
- 21,982 people participated in awareness-raising sessions on governance-related topics, such as individual rights, conflict mitigation and local government hotlines.
- Trained 23,852 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 27,827 village saving and loan association (VSLA) members. VSLA participants saved more than 1 million USD.
- Supported 16,177 schools, education centers, vocational training centers and safe healing and learning spaces.