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Rescuing children's futures

The IRC & Sesame Street

Over half of the 65 million people displaced by conflict and crisis around the world today are children. Together, the International Rescue Committee and Sesame Street are working to bring education to a generation at risk and help heal the scars of war.

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About our partnership

We’re working together to give millions of children in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and northern Iraq the support they need to learn, grow and thrive. We will combine Sesame Street’s history of proven educational content with the IRC’s decades of expertise in conflict zones to help these young refugees and their families cope with crisis and build a brighter future. Learn more


100&Change Finalist

We are honored that the MacArthur Foundation has selected this program as one of four finalists in its 100&Change grant competition, which will award a one-time $100 million grant to "make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem of our time."

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Giving refugee children a path forward

The humanitarian system was created to respond to short-term problems and focus on meeting basic needs, yet fails to address the fundamental needs all children require in order to grow to be smart, happy, healthy adults. This is a time when the number of young refugees worldwide is unprecedented – and the humanitarian system is failing them. 100&Change would be the transformational investment that changes the way we respond to future refugee crises around the world – giving children a path forward.

David MilibandPresident and CEO, International Rescue Committee