International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Kenya

IRC staff speaks with refugees in Dadaab, Kenya; IRC brings health care, shelter
Photo: Sven Torfinn/SV
The IRC has been working in Kenya since 1992, providing health care, women’s protection, governance and rights, and nutrition services to hundreds of thousands of refugees and the Kenyan communities that host them. To foster long-term development, the IRC works with the Kenyan government, supporting system strengthening in health, nutrition and conflict resolution so communities remain safe for women and children.

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Inside our work in Kenya

  • IRC staff in Kenya treats a child for malnutrition, dehydration during drought
  • The IRC gives nutrition, immunizations to women and their babies in Kenya
  • A man teaches about HIV/AIDS in Kenya, provides testing and antiretroviral drugs
  • A child pumps clean water in Kenya; the IRC prevents disease, dehydration
  • Women sit together, part of IRC's help with medicine, legal advice, protection
  • The IRC in Kenya protects children through education, security and advocacy
  • A woman urban refugee that the IRC supports with education, safety, jobs
  • Students sit in an adult education class; the IRC helps them learn to find work
  • A woman in her sewing shop; the IRC helps people find work, start businesses

Kenya is home to hundreds of thousands of refugees, and the IRC supports them and native Kenyans with clean water, health care and protection during emergencies, and with job training and education on legal rights and protections.

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How We Help



    • The IRC aids refugees escaping drought and violence in neighboring countries by providing emergency health care and supplies.


    • The IRC promotes community health projects that improve nutrition, sanitation and access to medicine and educates people about HIV/AIDS and other diseases.


    • The IRC fosters conflict resolution to make communities safe for women and children, and we support survivors of sexual violence and exploitation.


    • The IRC provides primary education for children and specialized classes and job training for youth and adults.


  • The IRC advocates for the rights of refugees in urban areas like Nairobi.



July 24, 2015 | Press Release
US President Barack Obama should highlight the importance of protecting and assisting refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) during his trip to Kenya and Ethiopia from July 24 to 28, 2015, and pledge US support for the countries bearing the brunt of the global refugee crisis.