The American Refugee Committee is an international nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that has provided humanitarian assistance and training to millions of beneficiaries over the last 30 years. ARC works with refugee communities in 7 countries around the world, helping people regain control of their lives. The people ARC serves have lost everything to events completely beyond their control. ARC provides shelter, clean water and sanitation, health care, skills training, microcredit education, protection and whatever support we can to let people begin again.
ARC works with its partners and constituencies to provide opportunities and expertise to refugees, displaced people and host communities. We help people survive conflict and crisis and rebuild lives of dignity, health, security and self-sufficiency. ARC is committed to the delivery of programs that ensure measurable quality and lasting impact for the people we serve.
ARC takes financial responsibility very seriously. We aim to work as efficiently and effectively as possible to address the needs of refugees, displaced people, and those in need. In 2009, 89 cents of every dollar raised went directly to serve survivors of conflicts and natural disasters. ARC receives an A rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy and meets the Better Business Bureau’s careful standards for charity accountability.
Disaster and conflict have devastated many countries throughout the world, forcing innocent people to flee for safety - sometimes with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. At the American Refugee Committee, our mission is to be a source of hope for these men, women, and children.
ARC has programs in countries and regions around the world where people have fled for their lives.
ARC Disaster Relief:
Natural disasters force people to flee their homes and communities. It's at these times when people are at their most vulnerable. ARC has responded to many disasters, including: The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the 2005 South Asian Earthquake, and Hurricane Katrina (our only disaster relief response within the U.S.).
Special ARC Services:
ARC provides a number of services to displaced people. Some services stand out because they address previously neglected issues. Other services are unique for their innovation serving mobile communities.
1. Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response: The health consequences of GBV can be particularly serious. Survivors may suffer sexually transmitted infections, reproductive injuries, fistula, and a wide range of other physical injuries - even death. Psychological, emotional and social consequences can be equally severe. Survivors may experience post-traumatic stress, depression, fear, or anxiety. And they often face social stigma and rejection by husbands and families.
ARC assists survivors of GBV and works to prevent acts of gender-based violence in: Liberia, Northern Uganda, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sudan, and Thailand
2. Economic Opportunities: ARC’s Economic Opportunities programs provide people with the resources to help them get back on their feet. Through our micro-enterprise development (MED) programs, ARC provides small loans and grants to entrepreneurs - often all a person needs is a loan of $50 to start a business that will support their entire family. ARC also teaches entrepreneurs the skills and knowledge they’ll need to make their business survive and be successful.
The majority of ARC’s MED program clients are women.
ARC runs Economic Opportunities programs in: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Sudan and Thailand.
3. Reproductive Health Care: ARC views reproductive health care as a necessity and a right. We take a community-based and participatory approach to all of our health programs and utilize rights-based knowledge as a foundation for supporting the programs. Our approach ensures the high quality and sustainability of all our programs, especially reproductive health care.
ARC Provides RH Services In: Pakistan, Liberia, Sudan, Thailand, Darfur and Rwanda
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