International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Tanzania

Children at an IRC-supported Child Friendly Space in Nyarugusu refugee camp.
Photo: IRC

Tanzania has been surrounded by conflict in neighboring Burundi, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, prompting a long history of hosting displaced persons. Welcoming refugees has strained Tanzania’s already limited resources, and the International Rescue Committee has helped support them with emergency aid and ongoing services as they wait to return home or resettle. Beyond the camps the IRC has expanded its support to local communities as well. 

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How We Help

  • The IRC identifies vulnerable refugee children and makes sure they have access to healthcare, a supportive environment and a safe place to play.
  • We educate refugee youth about reproductive health and HIV/AIDS and provide empowering social and recreational activities and life-skills training, with particular focus on young girls.
  • The IRC works with members and leaders of the refugee community to prevent violence against women, raise awareness about women’s and girl’s rights, and respond to survivors’ needs.
  • We support asylum seekers, refugees preparing to be resettled and refugees returning to Tanzania with healthcare, shelter, food and water and protection services at a transit center in Kigoma.
  • The IRC supports people with disabilities by encouraging community members to take part in their protection and care, and by providing rehabilitation services and mobility devices.
  • Beyond the camp setting the IRC works with local government officials and community leaders to ensure that children are protected from abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation by raising awareness of children’s needs, increasing access to education and supporting opportunities for youth employment.


November 23, 2015 | Blog
Reports of escalating political instability inside Burundi are prompting fears of a new exodus of refugees into neighboring countries. Refugee camps in western Tanzania are already stretched near the breaking point, the IRC and five other humanitarian aid agenices warn.