International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Uganda

IRC staff distributes medicine to children in Uganda, part of health care
Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

The International Rescue Committee has been working in Uganda since 1998, when conflict killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than 1.6 million. Following a peace agreement in 2006, Ugandans are returning home and looking to rebuild their lives. The IRC is there to protect women and children from violence and exploitation by fostering a safe environment and encouraging education, and is supporting farmers and small businesses, and helping communities promote peace and long-term development.

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  • The IRC empowers women by providing them with resources and services to assure their safety, health and financial independence.
  • The IRC aids farmers and small-business owners to become more efficient and effective.
  • The IRC fosters peace in communities and between rival clans through conflict-resolution groups that encourage everyone to participate.
  • The IRC enrolls children in safe schools with well-trained teachers.
  • The IRC provides medical equipment, trains health care workers and educates communities to improve healthcare and sanitation.