Profile: International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Overview

  • The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives.
  • Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.

Current Operations

Flood Relief Operations

(As of 8 September, 2010)

  • Started distribution of hygiene supplies in the Punjab. Over 45,000 people have received water purification tablets, oral rehydration salts and other items designed to help stop the spread of water-borne disease. In the coming weeks, another 28,000 people will receive supplies in Swat and Dera Ismail Khan districts in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
  • Brought in fresh water by truck to 12,000 people in eight villages in KP’s Charsadda and Nowshera districts. Have also started the construction of latrines in abandoned schools and other places where people are seeking shelter in the same area.
  • 600 people employed by the IRC in the upper Swat area ofKP  have cleared and repaired a total of 8 km of trail devastated by the floods. Around 200,000 people – previously cut off from the outside world after flood waters submerged all roads in the area – will again be able to travel freely. Similar projects are underway in 10 villages in Charsadda and Nowshera districts, employing some 800 workers.

(As of 16 August 2010)

  • Assisting with providing clean water
  • Cleaning contaminated wells
  • Repairing broken water systems

Contact Information

International Rescue Committee
122 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10168 USA
Ph: (212) 551-3000
Donate: 877-REFUGEE

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