At work in over forty countries and twenty-six US cities, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. When an emergency arises, the IRC arrives on the scene within seventy-two hours with urgently needed supplies and expertise that protect people caught in the midst of chaos. The organization commits to stay as long as it is needed, helping survivors to heal, recover, and rebuild their communities to be stronger, more stable, and more democratic. In the United States, the IRC has helped hundreds of thousands of refugees thrive in the country that gave them sanctuary and a new beginning. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning, and economic support, with special programs designed for women and children.
A 2015 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported the IRC's programs in Mali and Ethiopia.
A 2005 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network's former sister foundation, the Lee & Gund Foundation, supported the IRC's relief efforts in Sudan following the end of the Second Sudanese Civil War. The IRC provided emergency assistance, medical care, and water and sanitation services, as well as other forms of assistance, including protection for vulnerable women and girls.