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The IRC's impact at a glance

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Our work: 

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. 

Our impact: 

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

In 2017, the IRC and our international program partners: 

  • Helped nearly 23 million people access primary health care
  • Provided cash and asset transfers to 179,491 households of refugees and vulnerable people
  • Reached an estimated 2 million people affected by the hunger crises in East Africa, Nigeria and Yemen
  • Provided 1.14 million children with schooling and other education opportunities
  • Helped to create or support 16,179 businesses—73% of which are female-owned.
  • Provided support through safe spaces to 135,598 children and 116,580 women and girls.

In the United States in 2017, the IRC: 

  • Helped 10,665 refugees and special immigrant visa recipients resettle in American communities
  • Helped to create 134 refugee-owned small businesses.
  • Was supported by more than 5,200 volunteers working with our network of offices around the country.

Learn more about the IRC's impact in our 2017 Annual Report. 

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