Submitted by Ned Colt on February 12, 2012 - 4:06am
February 12, 2012
Having endured decades of conflict and frequent natural disasters, Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries on earth. The IRC focuses on emergency preparedness and response as well as longer term development. Currently working in seven of the country’s 34 provinces, the IRC’s staff is 98% Afghan.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is moving into Afghanistan’s northwest Badghis province, to provide essential humanitarian aid to families in dire need. Badghis, on the border with Turkmenistan, is in the grip of a severe drought, which has left much of the population without enough food. And the costs for what food there is are climbing. Prices for staples like wheat have increased by as much as 86% in the past year.
Grain is at the center of life for most farmers in Pakistan. The International Rescue Committee is working to help the poorest farmers, many of whom are still struggling to recover from the devastating floods of 2010, protect that essential crop. As the IRC’s Ned Colt reports from northern Pakistan, the hope is that the project can be expanded to include thousands more farm families. (Posted January 31, 2012)
The IRC's Shinko Tana presents a shovel and a snow blower -- gifts that represent a donation from the IRC and our partner AAR Japan -- to an official from the tsunami-devastated city of Kamaishi, Japan. Many of the coastal city's tsunami survivors are spending the winter on snowier high ground.