Tom Schick, IRC board member and executive vice president for Corporate Affairs and Communications for the American Express Company, recalls an unexpected encounter with a taxi driver that made a profound impression on him. Find out how the gratitude of a recently resettled refugee provided Tom with his most memorable IRC experience.
Insufficient food, substandard education and cramped living quarters were some of the obstacles faced by the Timsina family, Bhutanese refugees who had been living in a refugee camp in Nepal. When the opportunity arose to be resettled in the US, the family moved halfway around the world to begin their new life. In this week's IRC Voices, the Timsinas explain how English lessons, employment counseling and other services provided by the IRC are helping them make dramatic progress in their journey from harm to home. The IRC is our guide enabling us to succeed in our life endeavors.
Discipline in deploying our resources and an unwavering commitment to helping people whose lives have been uprooted by crisis are just two of the hallmarks of George Rupp’s journey as president of the IRC. In this week’s IRC Voices, George notes that he’s “never worked with a more committed, energetic, able group of individuals,” and calls the sense of shared purpose “exhilarating.”
An estimated 140,000 Burmese refugees live in camps in Thailand near its border with Myanmar, or Burma. The IRC, at work in Thailand since 1976, is aiding nearly 70,000 of them. In this segment of IRC Voices, Helen Samuels, a young Burmese refugee, shares with us pieces of her journey from harm to home. Helen says that the IRC has given her the opportunity of a new and better life.
Uprooted by war and persecution, a refugee's journey can span years and borders on the road to safety. With skill, passion and daring, the IRC has helped refugees rebuild their lives for over 75 years.
Humanitarian crises simultaneously show us the worst of mankind, as well as the best, says IRC Overseer Laurent Alpert. In this segment of IRC Voices, Laurent describes how he's been moved time and again by the courage, dignity and desire for freedom displayed by refugees all over the world.
Summertime is a critical time for the International Rescue Committee to make sure young refugees -- many of them newly arrived in the US -- feel welcome, safe, and ready for the upcoming school year. In this segment of IRC Voices, James Lenton, IRC youth program director in New York, explains why he's so inspired by the energy and courage these young people display as they embark on a monumental transition.