International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Rwanda

Children hold food, part of IRC programs of health care, education, protection
Photo: The IRC

The International Rescue Committee began relief operations in Rwanda immediately following the 1994 genocide, providing emergency supplies and restoring infrastructure. Today, we continue to support Rwandans by providing accessible health care, and by encouraging development and good governance. 

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How We Help

  • The IRC keeps children safe and healthy by ensuring access to community-based health care.
  • We support the work of 25 health centers in their efforts to lower child mortality rates and stop the spread of disease and implement new health programs at the local and national levels.
  • The IRC empowers women and their families to gain economic independence by offering village saving and loan programs.
  • We distribute seeds to local farmers with the aim to eliminate childhood malnutrition.
  • The IRC promotes peace and security by increasing access to justice, raising awareness of human rights, and strengthening legal support for victims of violence, especially women.
  • The IRC works to reestablish trust in government among vulnerable groups like women and children, and we increase their awareness of national laws and assist local mediation groups that aid in their protection.
April 10, 2014 | Blog
Emmanuel d’Harcourt, the IRC's senior health director, reflects on how the war-torn country of Rwanda was failed by those who promised to save it.