International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) was founded in 1933 at the suggestion of Albert Einstein. It helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health care, shelter, education and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programmes designed for women and children. The IRC has been helping vulnerable Syrians inside Syria through local partners since early 2012, and has assisted some four million people within Syria and in neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey.

In 2012 and 2013 the Foundation made several grants to support IRC’s medical help to Syrian refugees in Jordan and internally displaced Syrians inside Syria. The grants helped IRC run primary health centres in Ramtha and Mafraq, providing some 1,850 Syrian refugees with access to curative and preventative health services. The Foundation also organised and funded a fundraising concert by the London Chamber Orchestra for IRC at Cadogan Hall, helping to raise over £300,000 for IRC’s humanitarian work with Syrian refugees and inside Syria. In 2014 the Foundation donated £150,000 in match funding to the IRC’s Financial Times Seasonal Appeal, and in late 2016 the Foundation donated £100,000 in match funding to the IRC’s online Aleppo appeal, which is helping Syrian families arriving in Idlib from East Aleppo with cash assistance for their most urgent needs, including food, fuel and essential items such as mattresses, blankets, soaps and towels.