International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Pakistan

Students in discuss the day’s lesson with their teacher Pakistan Reading Program
Photo: Shahzad A. Fayyaz

The International Rescue Committee has worked in Pakistan since 1980, providing emergency relief, health care, education, job training and other essential services in communities affected by conflict and natural disaster. 

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How We Help

  • Through the Pakistan Reading Project, the IRC and 10 partner organizations are working to improve the quality of reading education in 38,000 schools and advance and develop the reading instruction skills of 94,000 teachers over the next five years.
  • In 2010, the IRC reacted within hours to the monsoon flooding that left more than a fifth of the country inundated and continues to help Pakistan recover and rebuild.
  • The IRC assisted flood survivors with emergency relief and ongoing services.
  • The IRC builds and repairs homes, schools and roads.
  • The IRC provides clean water and sanitation and encourages good hygiene.
  • The IRC supports rural and mobile health clinics.
  • The IRC offers job training, promotes job creation and distributes seeds and other necessities.
September 8, 2014 | Blog
For World Literacy Day, the IRC shares photos from the Pakistan Reading Project, which aims to get 2.5 million children reading at grade level for the first time.