International Rescue Committee

From Harm to Home.


The International Rescue Committee 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 organization offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee war or disaster. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The International Rescue Committee leads the way from harm to home.

With decades of experience in Horn of Africa, IRC experts launched a rapid, multi-faceted response to the drought crisis in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya—focusing on saving lives, protecting the most vulnerable and promoting economic recovery. In Kenya’s Dadaab Camp, IRC’s hospital cares for the most acutely malnourished, treating 500 patients a day, while protection teams work to safeguard women and girls. In Ethiopia’s camps, IRC water supply, hygiene and sanitation programs meet emergency needs for tens of thousands of Somali refugees and livestock distribution supports nearly 300,000 Ethiopians whose herds have been decimated. In central Somalia, the IRC helps 80,000 people with economic and water assistance and IRC clinics in Mogadishu treat increasing flows of uprooted people.

With support from “We Can Be Heroes”, the International Rescue Committee will continue its impactful emergency programs while helping displaced families recover lost livelihoods and build their capacity to withstand future droughts.