Weather Underground teams up with IRC
Weather Underground has joined forces with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help provide life-saving care to millions fleeing the devastating drought and famine in East Africa. As a member of the Weather Underground community, you have a rare opportunity to help raise $20,000 that will go directly to helping refugees survive this crisis. Weather Underground will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $10,000 for a total donation of $20,000. And there's more! Donate online by December 31st and special friends of the IRC will match your gift dollar for dollar up to $1.68 million. Your donation will unlock matching funds that support the IRC's work with refugees worldwide.
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.
The drought in East Africa is the worst in 60 years, with more than 13 million people in urgent need of food and assistance. The International Rescue Committee – which has worked in East Africa since the 1990s and has been responding to the current drought for over a year – has mobilized a multi-faceted aid effort across the region.
The International Rescue Committee delivers essential aid to over 100,000 refugees who have fled to Ethiopia from neighboring countries like Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea and more than 500,000 Ethiopians affected by drought. The IRC responds to emergency needs with clean water, sanitation and health care and also encourages long-term development.
The IRC has been working in Kenya since 1992, providing essentials like clean water, health care and shelter to tens of thousands of refugees escaping conflict and natural disaster in Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia and other neighboring countries. We also assist Kenyan communities that host refugees, as well as those affected by the post-election violence in late 2007. To foster long-term development, the IRC supports education, job training and conflict resolution so communities remain safe for women and children and become economically independent.
The International Rescue Committee first began assisting Somalis in the early 1980s following the Somalia-Ethiopian conflict. Forced to halt programs due to a resurgence of violence, the IRC restarted relief efforts in 2007, working with local authorities to provide health care, clean water, sanitation and other critical services. We also foster development through the creation of jobs and community participation. Now as Somalia and its neighbors face a catastrophic drought, the IRC is responding to Somalis' urgent needs.
The deadliest weather disaster of 2011 is a quiet one that has gotten few headlines--the East African drought in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. On July 20, the United Nations officially declared famine in two regions of southern Somalia--the first time a famine has been declared by the U.N. in nearly thirty years. Almost 30,000 children under the age of five were believed to have died of malnutrition in Somalia this summer, and the total death toll of this great drought is doubtless much higher.
Weather Underground has joined forces with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to fight the drought and famine in East Africa. You have opened your heart to aid relief after past disasters, and can help us once again by helping raise to $20,000 for the IRC. Weather Underground will match the first $10,000 donated by the community in our drive to save thousands of people in East Africa from starvation. Help us reach our goal and save lives. Please read!
In 2010, 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:
- We gave over 4.4 million people access to clean drinking water and sanitation.
- We trained over 6,000 educators and supported 2,300 schools attended by 373,000 children, over half of them girls. We provided and supported skills training for over 11,500 young people while nearly 12,000 children participated in IRC sponsored child-friendly spaces and children's clubs.
- The American Institute of Philanthropy gives the IRC an A+.
- Forbes gives the IRC high ratings for program efficiency and fundraising efficiency.
- The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance notes the IRC meets all 20 of its standards.
- Charity Navigator awards us four stars, its highest rating.