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Every day, IRC humanitarian workers are rescuing lives. Here, they offer a glimpse of their experiences, the challenges they face and the courageous people they meet by sharing videos, photos and stories.

Posted by Shinko Tana on May 12, 2011
I am visiting the Asunaro Home, a low, white building perched on a small mountain above Rikuzentakata -- one of the worst-hit cities in Japan’s devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Established seven years ago, the facility offers people with autism and other mental disabilities opportunities to build vocational skills and earn an income. more »
Posted by Shinko Tana on May 10, 2011
Driving along the Japanese coast, you immediately see the scope of the destruction that followed the earthquake and the tsunami. It's far greater than pictures can convey. Amazingly, some houses are still standing, but as you get closer you can see that only their exterior walls are left -- the rooms inside were completely washed away. more »
Posted by The IRC on May 9, 2011
Today, ITVS launched Women and Girls Lead, a public media initiative that uses independent films to focus, educate and connect audiences in support of women and girls' leadership and development around the world. We're excited to be a non-profit partner on this project. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on May 8, 2011
Happy Mother's Day! Over the past week we've been sharing some of our favorite stories about mothers. Today -- Lay Htoo and her newborn at the Tham Hin refugee camp, near the Thailand-Myanmar border. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on May 7, 2011
In honor of Mother's Day — Sunday, May 8 — we're spotlighting some of our favorite stories about mothers: With support from an IRC economic empowerment program, Annie Grant runs a market stall in a Monrovia suburb. "I make enough money now to send my children to school," she says. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on May 6, 2011
In honor of Mother's Day — Sunday, May 8 — we're spotlighting mothers' stories: Ruti Riziki arrived in Mungote camp in November 2009 after fleeing fighting between government troops and rebels in her village. The International Rescue Committee has been aiding Congolese families like Ruti’s since 1996. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on May 6, 2011
In honor of Mother's Day we're spotlighting some of our favorite stories about mothers. In the Ivory Coast, Prisca Mondo worried that without a birth certificate her baby daughter would not have a legal identity. With the IRC's help she was able to register two-month-old Daria, securing her access to education and health services. more »
Posted by The IRC on May 5, 2011
On a recent trip to Iraq, the IRC’s Kate Phillips-Barrasso was struck by how little had changed in the last few years for those forced to flee for their lives. She argues that the political will must be found to prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable Iraqis before U.S. forces depart. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on May 5, 2011
In honor of Mother's Day we're spotlighting some of our favorite posts about mothers. Almost 20 years after they were banished from their home in Bhutan, Uma Timsina and her husband Chet Nath left a refugee camp in Nepal—and everything familiar—to rebuild their lives with their young son in New York. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on May 4, 2011
Sister Francoise Muhanzi and her assistant Zawadi Mukaba, showing off some of the newest arrivals in Kabare General Hospital's maternity ward. One in 13 women in Congo dies in pregnancy or childbirth. The IRC is improving reproductive health care by training medical staff like Sister Francoise and Zawadi. more »

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