The International Rescue Committee (IRC) as a disaster relief organization: Haiti Earthquake, 2010 (2011 Report)

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Where we looked

All of the below was examined in December 2010.

How much did the organization raise and how much did it spend?

Date Amount Donated
Jan 29, 2010 $4.1 million1
Feb 3, 2010 $4.5 million2
Feb 12, 2010 $4.9 million3
May 10, 2010 $6.6 million4
July 9, 2010 $6.8 million5
Nov 30, 2010 $13.1 million6
  • IRC spent $1.8 million as of July 9, 2010. 7
  • IRC spent $5.1 million as of November 30, 2010.8

How specific is the organization about how it spent its funds?

We have not found a breakdown of IRC's expenses in Haiti.

IRC does report highlights of its activities in Haiti.9

Non-disaster relief activities

  • IRC lists its broad program areas with program descriptions, as well as countries in which it works.10 Clicking on the links provided for programs reveals a few details of programs, but overall IRC provides only very general descriptions of what it does on the linked pages.
  • IRC lists some highlights of its work in 2009 in the "impact" section of its website. 11
  • Its Annual Report provides further highlights of its programs, including some numbers of people helped, numbers of supplies distributed, etc in some of its programs. 12
  • We have not found a comprehensive breakdown of activities, or attribution of funds to activities, at a more detailed level.


  • 1Chronicle of Philanthropy, “A Roundup of Haiti Fund Raising as of January 29”
  • 2Chronicle of Philanthropy, “American Charities Raise $709-Million for Haiti Relief, Chronicle Tally Finds”
  • 3

    "The International Rescue Committee had raised $4.9-million as of February 12." Chronicle of Philanthropy, “American Charities Raise $774-Million for Haiti Relief, Chronicle Tally Finds.”

  • 4Chronicle of Philanthropy, “$1.1-Billion Donated for Haiti Relief: Updated Tally (May 11)”
  • 5Chronicle of Philanthropy, “How Charities Are Helping Haiti: How Much They Raised and Spent”
  • 6Chronicle of Philanthropy, "Haiti Earthquake Fund raising, One Year Later."
  • 7

    Chronicle of Philanthropy, “How Charities Are Helping Haiti: How Much They Raised and Spent.”

  • 8Chronicle of Philanthropy, "Haiti Earthquake Fund raising, One Year Later."
  • 9

    "Program Highlights

    • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: ... Our community hygiene-promotion volunteers are educating residents—130,000 so far—on good health and disease-prevention practices such as handwashing and hygienic food preparation. Following the cholera outbreak, the IRC built and installed 30 kiosks in camps and communities to distribute oral rehydration salts weekly to Haitians suffering cholera symptoms. A surveillance team, meanwhile, is seeking out people who may be suffering symptoms but are afraid to ask for help.
    • Public Health: ... The IRC ran health clinics in Carrefour and Delmas, two hard-hit areas of Port-au-Prince. The clinic's staff has conducted 24,000 consultations, administered over 8,500 vaccinations and vitamin A doses, performed over 700 malaria tests, monitored over 3,400 children for malnutrition, and delivered prenatal care to over 750 women. The Carrefour clinic has also served as a cholera treatment unit. Nurses from the clinic and a special IRC cholera response team have carried out education and prevention activities in 30 camps.
    • Children and Youth: ... We have reunited 146 separated children with family members or other caregivers. The IRC was the first aid agency in Haiti to train case workers to identify and register missing children.
    • Women and Girls: ... The IRC has increased access to medical treatment and psychosocial services and provides safe spaces for women and girls who have experienced sexual or physical violence. The IRC distributed solar lights in dangerous areas to enhance safety and security and constructed private bathing stations to ensure privacy.
    • Economic Recovery and Development: More than 2,000 Haitians have been put to work rebuilding infrastructure in Port-au-Prince and Leogane through an IRC cash-for-work program."

    IRC, "How IRC Helps Haiti."

  • 10

    IRC, “The IRC's Work.”

  • 11 "In 2009, the IRC restored hope and opportunity for millions of conflict-affected people around the world. Here's a look at some of our recent achievements:
    • Our doctors, nurses and community health workers served over 12 million people with primary and reproductive health care. We vaccinated 390,000children for measles and other childhood diseases and our IRC-supported clinics and hospitals helped 145,000 women deliver healthy babies.
    • We trained some 9,000 educators and supported schools attended by 440,000 children, over half of them girls. We reunited over 1,400 separated children with their families and supported skills training for over13,000 young people.
    • We counseled and cared for nearly 11,000 survivors of sexual violence and educated and trained nearly570,000 men, women and children in ways to prevent sexual violence.
    • In the United States, we helped resettle 12,000 newly arrived refugees and provided services to over 37,000refugees, asylees and victims of human trafficking."

    IRC, "Our Impact."

  • 12 For example: “Sitting under a tree in the schoolyard, Alia fahim, the IRC's education coordinator in Pakistan, discusses lessons with a group of teachers. They are among 100 new educators being trained to teach 6,000 students at five IRC-run schools in Jalozai. “It is important to remember that body language affects how children learn,” Alia tells the teachers. “Speak slowly and use gestures to illustrate what you are saying.” IRC, “2009 Annual Report.”