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 essentials like clean water, health care and shelter to tens of thousands of refugees escaping conflict and natural disaster in Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia and other neighboring countries. We also assist Kenyan communities that host refugees, as well as those affected by the post-election violence in late 2007. To foster long-term development, the IRC supports education, job training and conflict resolution so communities remain safe for women and children and become economically independent

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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.



April 3, 2015 | Blog
Reuben Nyaora was part of an IRC ambulance team that rushed from the Dadaab refugee camp to Garissa University College on April 2 when they heard that gunmen had attacked the campus, 50 miles away. Read Nyaora's gripping account from the scene.