The IRC in Somalia
The International Rescue Committee first began assisting Somalis in the early 1980s following the Somalia-Ethiopian conflict. Forced to halt programs due to a resurgence of violence, the IRC restarted relief efforts in 2007, working with local authorities to foster development through the creation of jobs and community participation. Now as Somalia and its neighbors struggle to recover from the effects of a catastrophic drought, the IRC is responding to Somalis’ urgent needs.
How We Help
- The IRC provides emergency relief to those affected by drought and conflict.
- The IRC builds and restores clean water sources and promotes good practices that prevent the spread of disease.
- The IRC provides primary health care services to underserved people in central Somalia and trains health workers.
- The IRC supports the growth of livelihoods by providing job training, direct cash assistance and food vouchers to farmers, shepherds and small business owners.
- The IRC promotes good governance through working in partnership with communities as they identify, plan and manage their own development projects.
- The IRC fosters long-term development by promoting and protecting human rights, particularly for vulnerable groups like children and women at risk of violence.
The devastating East Africa drought of 2011 left more than 13 million people in urgent need of food and assistance. The IRC mobilized a multi-faceted aid effort across Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.