International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Our Impact

A woman fills a water jug from a tap stand built by the IRC in Somalia
Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive, recover and rebuild their lives.
We restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home. 

Impact at a glance

In 2013 the International Rescue Committee, working with our local partner organizations, restored hope and opportunity for millions of conflict-affected people around the world. Here is a look at some of our recent achievements.

In 2013, the IRC and our partner organizations: 

  • Provided 13 million people with primary and reproductive health care
  • Gave 1.4 million people access to clean drinking water and sanitation
  • Vaccinated over 276,000 children against disease; IRC-supported clinics and hospitals helped 272,000 women deliver healthy babies
  • Provided schooling and educational opportunities to 725,000 girls and boys, and trained over 20,000 educators
  • Provided counseling or cared for over 12,000 vulnerable children and provided skills training or access to financial services to another 12,000 young people
  • Counseled and provided essential services to over 27,000 survivors of gender-based violence and educated and mobilized over 1,270,000 men, women and children to lead prevention efforts in their communities
  • Created 226 village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) that benefited some 14,000 members in 8 countries
  • Provided 172,000 farmers with agricultural or agribusiness training
  • Provided legal assistance to more than 20,000 people through IRC-supported legal centers
  • Through our Resettlement Support Center in Thailand, the IRC assisted over 16,500 refugees who departed from camps and cities in East Asia to enter United States and build new lives with help from the IRC and sister resettlement agencies
  • In the United States, the IRC helped resettle some 8,700 newly arrived refugees and provided services to promote self-reliance and integration to over 38,000 refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking and other immigrants

Our ratings

  • The American Institute of Philanthropy gives the IRC an A+. 
  • Forbes gives the IRC high ratings for program efficiency and fundraising efficiency. 
  • The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance notes the IRC meets all 20 of its standards. 
  • Charity Navigator awards us four stars, its highest rating.

Our efficiency

Of every $1 the IRC spends, more than 90¢ goes to programs and services that directly benefit refugees and communities affected by war or disaster.

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