International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Niger

Students at an IRC-supported school in Niger
Photo: David Manan/IRC

Niger is regularly hit by disasters including drought, flooding, cholera and locust swarms, and over half the population suffers from food shortages.  The country is also affected by strife in its neighboring countries, and conflicts in Libya, Mali and Nigeria have sent an influx of refugees into Niger seeking safe haven.  The International Rescue Committee has worked in Niger since April 2013 and provides humanitarian aid by supporting programs in health, education, and economic development, among others.

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How We Help

  • The IRC is providing emergency assistance to refugees and returning expats from Niger who have fled ongoing fighting in northern Nigeria.


  • The IRC ensures children’s access to education by providing furniture to schools, organizing back-to-school awareness campaigns and training teachers on the best ways to support children affected by violence. 


  • The IRC supports health workers and nurses in clinics by providing essential emergency reproductive health equipment and medicine to communities and transporting patients and medical supplies to the hospital. 


  • The IRC screens and treats severely malnourished children, operates a cash transfer program helping families with malnourished children meet their needs, and offers counseling and trainings on nutrition to families.


  • The IRC manages Tazalit camp in Tahoua region, which includes overseeing all shelter, education, sanitation, economic and health-related services in the camp.


  • The IRC has carried out two quick emergency responses in Niger, including support for a cholera outbreak in the Tillaberi region and a vaccination campaign against measles for refugees in the Tahoua region.
October 14, 2014 | Blog
Six months after the abduction of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants raised the global rallying cry "bring back our girls," most of those kidnapped remain missing. Learn how the IRC is helping Nigerians fleeing violence.