International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Afghanistan

An Afghan girl reads to her class in front of a blackboard
Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

Afghanistan’s challenges are enormous. Its people have endured three decades of wide-scale conflict, and at the same time have suffered from frequent natural calamities such as droughts, floods and earthquakes. From emergency response to education and development, the International Rescue Committee is helping to make a difference.

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  • The IRC began working with Afghan refugees in Pakistan in 1980, and started implementing programs inside Afghanistan in 1988.
  • The IRC works in partnership with more than 4,000 communities across Afghanistan as they identify, plan and manage their own development projects. Registered with the Afghan government, we reach over four million people through the National Solidarity Program.
  • The IRC has helped 63,000 children access primary education, including high-risk children in Kabul’s informal settlements and far-flung communities in Helmand Province.
  • The IRC focuses on providing returning refugees and internally displaced Afghans with shelter, water and sanitation, and restoring the nation’s health, infrastructure and economy. 
  • The IRC has provided 60,000 returning refugees with shelter, water, sanitation, and vocational training. The IRC is also helping families start kicthen gardens and farms by providing high-yield wheat seeds, fertilizer and poultry.