International Rescue Committee

13-year-old Nada takes part in several afterschool activities run by the International Rescue Committee in northern Syria where she struggled to cope with trauma after being forced to flee her home.

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 healthcare, 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 May 2016 the Asfari Foundation, together with the Said Foundation and the Hands Up Foundation launched a Hands Up for Syria Appeal for Syrian refugee education. All donations were matched by the Asfari and Said Foundations, raising a total of £8,259,682 to be donated to Save the Children, IRC, and the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for their projects on refugee education. The first phase of the donations to IRC (2016-17) will go towards its delivery of educational activities in Lebanon and northern Syria. In Lebanon, 500 Syrian refugee children aged 6-16 will benefit from educational support, helping them gain the necessary literacy, numeracy, second language and socio-emotional skills to enter the next academic year in formal education. In northern Syria, five schools in urban areas will be supported, benefiting 3,000 children aged 6-17.  Caregivers will also attend parenting skills training, helping teach positive parenting techniques and improving psychological well-being of children and young people affected by psychological distress.