International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Ethiopia

A child holds his crops, part of IRC agriculture, economic recovery programs
Photo: Kevin McNulty/IRC

The International Rescue Committee delivers essential aid to over 100,000 refugees who have fled to Ethiopia from neighboring countries like Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea and more than 500,000 Ethiopians affected by drought. The IRC responds to emergency needs with clean water, sanitation and health care and also encourages long-term development.

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  • The IRC constructs classrooms, trains teachers and makes sure that everyone has access to safe, high-quality education.
  • The IRC promotes good health by building and maintaining clean water sources and sanitation facilities, and by training community health workers and raising awareness of health challenges and solutions.
  • The IRC assists farmers and promotes new livelihood opportunities for youth.
  • The IRC encourages local communities to participate in their recovery and development projects.
March 22, 2014 | Blog
Ever since water came within reach of several thousand people in Waji, a village in eastern Ethiopia, their lives have changed for the better. The women, in particular, are excited about the difference it is making.