International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Haiti

AN IRC case worker with a young boy she is working to reunite with his family.
Photo: Melissa Winkler/IRC

When the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, the International Rescue Committee immediately dispatched our emergency team to help. As the country slowly recovers and rebuilds, the IRC continues to work in camps and neighborhoods that lack basic services, assisting Haitians who are struggling to get by. 

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How We Help

  • The IRC provided emergency assistance to thousands of homeless earthquake survivors who endured Tropical Storm Sandy in deluged camps.
  • The IRC is continuing to work to reunite children who were separated from their families after the 2010 earthquake with relatives.
  • The IRC is working with local authorities to foster good governance and a respect for human rights. We are also empowering communities to speak out about their needs and participate in finding solutions to their own problems.
  • The IRC is providing urgently needed hygiene and sanitation services in 58 camps in the capital city, Port-au-Prince.
  • The IRC is working to prevent sexual violence against women and to protect and support survivors.
  • We are mentoring adolescent girls, keeping them safe from sexual exploitation and offering new opportunities through such programs as financial literacy and skills training.
October 15, 2014 | Blog
October 15 is Global Handwashing Day. Kids at an IRC "child-friendly space" in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, demonstrate how to wash your hands thoroughly in six steps -- with a catchy song.