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Our impact

  • The IRC provided schooling and educational opportunities to over 1 million girls and boys, and trained over 23,000 educators

    The IRC provided schooling and educational opportunities to over 1 million girls and boys, and trained over 23,000 educators
  • The IRC vaccinated over 364,000 children under the age of one against disease

    The IRC vaccinated over 364,000 children under the age of one against disease
  • Provided job-related skills training to 18,417 people

    Provided job-related skills training to 18,417 people
  • Of every £1 the IRC spends, more than 90p goes to programmes that directly benefit refugees and their communities.

    Of every £1 the IRC spends, more than 90p goes to programmes that directly benefit refugees and their communities.
  • Provided 16.1 million people with primary and reproductive health care

    Provided 16.1 million people with primary and reproductive health care
  • In addition to our longer-term programme work, the IRC has continued to respond to emergencies.

    In addition to our longer-term programme work, the IRC has continued to respond to emergencies.

International Rescue Committee UK was founded in 1997 as the European headquarters of the IRC global network. We raise funds for our overseas programmes, provide programme management and technical support, and carry out policy and advocacy work in the UK and Europe on issues affecting people caught up in conflict and disaster.

Our global impact

In 2014 the International Rescue Committee and our local partner organisations restored hope and opportunity for millions of people uprooted by war, conflict and natural disasters. Here's a look at some of our recent achievements:

In 2014, the IRC and our partners:

  • Helped 17.6 million people whose lives and livelihoods were shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future
  • Provided 16.1 million people with primary and reproductive health care
  • Gave 3.3 million people access to clean drinking water and sanitation
  • Vaccinated over 364,000 children under the age of one against disease
  • Helped 331,448 women deliver healthy babies in IRC-supported clinics and hospitals
  • Treated 104,096 children under the age of five for acute malnutrition
  • Provided schooling and educational opportunities to over 1 million girls and boys, and trained over 23,000 educators
  • Provided counseling or cared for over 32,499 vulnerable children and provided skills training or access to financial services to another 10,917 young people
  • Counselled and provided essential services to over 10,809 survivors of gender-based violence and educated and mobilised over 1,255,877 men, women and children to lead prevention efforts in their communities
  • Created 1,531 village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) that benefited some 35,752 members in 8 countries
  • Provided 18,338 farmers with agricultural or agribusiness training
  • Provided job-related skills training (entrepreneurship, business and financial literacy, vocational training) to 18,417 people
  • Provided legal assistance to 22,000 people through IRC-supported legal centres
  • Through our Resettlement Support Centre in Thailand, the IRC assisted over 14,488 refugees who departed from camps and cities in East Asia to enter United States and build new lives with help from the IRC and sister resettlement agencies
  • In the United States, the IRC helped resettle some 10,922 newly arrived refugees other immigrants

Video: the IRC's impact in 2014

Responding to emergencies

In addition to our longer-term programme work, the IRC has continued to respond to emergencies. In recent years this has included crises in Iraq, Syria, South Sudan and the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa. 

Read more about our work in emergencies.

Advocating for change in Europe

However good our programmes are, in many cases they cannot address the underlying issues affecting the people we work with. To do this, advocacy work is essential to bring about changes in the policies and practices of local, national and international institutions. IRC-UK raises awareness and understanding of the countries in which we work. We bring our direct experience in the field to the attention of policymakers in order to influence the policies of UK and European institutions.

Read more about our advocacy work.

Our efficiency

Of every £1 the IRC spends, more than 90p goes to programmes and services that directly benefit refugees and communities affected by war or disaster. Find out more about how we spend our money.

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