International Rescue Committee (IRC)

How the IRC put your donations to work in Haiti in 2010

IRC case worker puts her arm around a boy who was separated from family by Haiti earthquake
Many thousands of children lost their parents in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and thousands more lost contact with their living relatives in the chaos that followed. The IRC is continuing to reunite children and families who were separated by the disaster.  
(Photo: Melissa Winkler/IRC)

When a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) arrived within days to assess the damage and provide emergency relief. Since then, we have remained on the ground to provide services and foster long-term development and recovery.
The IRC immediately supplied medicine, clean water, plastic sheeting for temporary shelter and other essential goods. As the response continued, we concentrated on protecting the most vulnerable, such as children separated from their families and women living in camps, and on responding to crises like the cholera outbreak that occurred in the fall. To help Haiti rebuild after the earthquake, the IRC provided job training and created cash-for-work programs and continues to provide community-based health care and sanitation services. 

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the IRC has worked with local partners to reach nearly 100,000 people in Haiti. We pride ourselves on the efficient use of donations, as indicated in the following chart:
SectorDollars Spent*Percent of Total
Children and Youth:  
Education, Protection,  Job Training, 
Family Tracing and Reunification
Primary Health Care, Water and Sanitation2,946,016 27%
Camp Management, Replacing Personal  Documents and Identification1,501,212 14%
Economic Recovery and Employment93,849 1%
Women’s Protection and Empowerment920,695 9%
Emergency Response2,201,872 20%
Field Operation and Support1,701,184 16%
Total    10,775,728 100%
*Dollars spent in Haiti after the earthquake as of Dec. 31, 2010. See 2011 spending.