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Our impact

  • Last year, we trained over 11,000 educators and supported 2,255 schools attended by 420,000 students, over half of them girls.

    Last year, we trained over 11,000 educators and supported 2,255 schools attended by 420,000 students, over half of them girls.
  • The IRC vaccinated over 500,000 children against measles and other childhood diseases in 2011..

    The IRC vaccinated over 500,000 children against measles and other childhood diseases in 2011..
  • We bring our direct experience in the field to the attention of policymakers in order to influence the policies of UK and Europe

    We bring our direct experience in the field to the attention of policymakers in order to influence the policies of UK and Europe
  • 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.
  • Last year alone, IRC-supported clinics and hospitals helped 152,000 women deliver healthy babies.

    Last year alone, IRC-supported clinics and hospitals helped 152,000 women deliver healthy babies.
  • 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

IRC-UK supports IRC programmes across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean where, in 2013 we:

  • Provided 13 million people with primary and reproductive health care
  • Gave 1.4 million people access to clean drinking water and sanitation
  • Vaccinated over 276,000 children against disease; IRC-supported clinics and hospitals helped 272,000 women deliver healthy babies
  • Provided schooling and educational opportunities to 725,000 girls and boys, and trained over 20,000 educators
  • Provided counseling or cared for over 12,000 vulnerable children and provided skills training or access to financial services to another 12,000 young people
  • Counselled and provided essential services to over 27,000 survivors of gender-based violence and educated and mobilized over 1,270,000 men, women and children to lead prevention efforts in their communities
  • Created 226 village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) that benefited some 14,000 members in 8 countries
  • Provided 172,000 farmers with agricultural or agribusiness training
  • Provided legal assistance to more than 20,000 people through IRC-supported legal centers
  • Through our Resettlement Support Center in Thailand, the IRC assisted over 16,500 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 8,700 newly arrived refugees and provided services to promote self-reliance and integration to over 38,000 refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking and other immigrants
  • In May 2012 ITV News won a prestigious One World Media Award for their news reports direct from the IRC's Hagadera hospital, showing our groundbreaking work saving lives during the East Africa famine.

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  Haiti's earthquake, the Pakistan floods, post-election violence in Ivory Coast, the famine and drought in East Africa, cris in Iraq 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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