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The IRC's impact at a glance

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people affected by humanitarian crises—including the climate crisis—to survive, recover and rebuild their lives. Founded at the call of Albert Einstein in 1933, the IRC is now at work in over 40 crisis-affected countries as well as communities throughout Europe and the Americas.  We deliver lasting impact by providing health care, helping children learn, and empowering individuals and communities to become self-reliant, always seeking to address the inequalities facing women and girls.

Here are highlights of our impact over a year:

In 2020, the IRC and our program partners provided: 

  • 31 million people with access to health services
  • 410,000 children under 5 with nutrition treatment
  • 2.6 million people with clean water
  • 1.1 million people with cash relief
  • 819,500 children with schooling and education opportunities
  • 1.2 million people with gender-based violence awareness 
  • 13,413 small businesses with business development support
  • 5,237 people become U.S. citizens

... among other assistance provided around the world last year.

Download the IRC's 2020 Annual Report.

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