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Reasons to give to the International Rescue Committee

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Photo: Etinosa Yvonne/IRC

At a time when more than 82 million people are uprooted by crisis worldwide, here are 10 reasons to give to the International Rescue Committee (IRC):

  1. For nearly 90 years we have been helping people affected by humanitarian crises to survive, recover and rebuild their lives.
  2. We were founded at the call of Albert Einstein. Ingenuity, fortitude and optimism remain at the heart of who we are and how we work.
  3. We are the largest refugee resettlement agency in the United States.
  4. We are rapidly responding to the triple threat refugees are facing right now—ongoing conflict, the spread of COVID-19 and climate change.
  5. We help people in some of the toughest places on Earth, including Yemen, Syria and Somalia.
  6. We have developed and are implementing a revolutionary new approach to treating malnutrition in children.
  7. In 2020 alone, we provided 31 million people with access to health care, 2.6 million people with clean water and more than 800,000 children with an education.
  8. Our response to COVID-19 is grounded in decades of experience responding to complex health emergencies and disease outbreaks. We are helping to contain the spread, protect communities and care for people affected by the virus.
  9. We work in more than 40 countries, including Afghanistan. In 2020, we helped more than 1 million people in Afghanistan with services, including education and safe spaces for girls. We are determined to stay and deliver life-changing support as long as we are needed.
  10. We adapt to the challenges in front of us with courage and resilience and we never, ever give up on refugees and displaced families.

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