Mission: To help refugees and displaced persons survive conflict and crisis and rebuild lives of dignity, health, security, and self-sufficiency.
About the Organization: Founded in 1979, ARC is a nonsectarian organization that provides direct humanitarian assistance and training to some 2.5 million people annually. The people ARC serves have lost everything to events completely beyond their control. To help them regain control of their lives, the organization provides shelter, clean water and sanitation, health care, skills training, microcredit education, protection, and other kinds of support to refugee communities in eleven countries.
Current Programs: ARC's work includes country-based programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Thailand, and Uganda, as well as disaster relief and issue-focused programs in gender-based violence and response, micro enterprise, and reproductive health.
Website: Visitors to the ARC website can learn more about the organization's mission and activities through video, audio, and photo essays; become part of ARC's rapid response team; volunteer or intern at the organization; and/or make a donation. The organization also provides a suggested reading list.
Funding: American Refugee Committee International is supported chiefly by the United States government and the United Nations, as well as through contributions from private individuals and entities.