IRD supports the whole-child approach to primary education, that is, “each child, in each school, in each community deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.” Our programs encourage families to enroll their children in school, promote gender equity, and strengthen community participation in school management. They support improved retention and learning by training teachers and staff, developing culturally appropriate curriculums, and providing the latest learning technologies. To ensure children are ready to learn when in school, we implement school feeding and take-home ration programs, provide clothing and hygiene kits, implement health screening and deworming campaigns, and build school gardens. Children also need safe and sanitary places to learn. To that end, IRD is building and renovating schools and related infrastructure and sanitation systems.

By supporting the full range of children’s educational needs, IRD and its partners are ensuring that children will grow up to be healthy, engaged, and productive members of society.


A School for One Village in Haiti

The Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs approached IRD following the devastating... more

Avian Flu Awareness and Prevention

The first instance of avian influenza (AI) in the Ukraine was detected around Sivas... more

Cambodia Food for Education

IRD is promoting primary education and reducing the incidence of hunger in 125 s... more

Capacity Building through Vocational Training

Efforts to rebuild Afghanistan have been hampered by the lack of qualified construc... more

Community Mobilization for Partnership in Schools

The Community Mobilization for Partnership in Schools (CMP) project is a five-year... more

Community Revitalization through Democratic Action

CRDA began as a community mobilization initiative and evolved to emphasize economic... more

Community Stabilization Program in Iraq

The Community Stabilization Program (CSP) helped stabilize and economically revital... more

Community-Based Support Program

The Community-Based Support Program (CBSP) builds the capacity of Iraqi refugees li... more

Construction Trades Training Center

Efforts to rebuild Afghanistan have been seriously hampered by the lack of qualifie... more

Cultivating Inclusive & Supportive Learning Environments in Jordan’s Schools

The Cultivating Inclusive & Supportive Learning Environments (CISLE) project aimed... more

Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Logistical Support Program

The Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Logistical Support Program (EQUALS) provide... more

Entrepreneurship for Refugees Program in Lebanon

Iraqis have fled conflict in their own country to live in many other nations in the... more

Food for Education in Liberia

IRD is addressing the problem of low attendance and achievement and poor nutritiona... more

Gulf Coast Community Services Center

The IRD Gulf Coast Community Service Center (GCCSC) has been rebuilding the lives o... more

Hambantota Educational Support Improvement Project

IRD worked in the Hambantota district of Sri Lanka in 2004–08 to distribute 12,000... more

Health Linkages and National Networks for Iraqi Refugees in Jordan

The Health Linkages and National Networks (HLNN) is enhancing protection of Iraqi r... more

Improving Infrastructure in the West Bank

IRD is improving the lives of Palestinians by repairing and constructing key roads,... more

Increasing Community and Private-Sector Involvement in Education

Sindh is Pakistan’s second largest province in population and economic output. Desp... more

Iraq Mothers and Daughters Empowerment Program

Many rural women in Iraq live in extreme poverty. Only 37 percent of rural women ca... more

Jordan School Construction & Rehabilitation Program

USAID launched a major school construction and rehabilitation program, the Jorda... more

Peace through Development

The Sahel region of West Africa is increasingly threatened by violent extremist gro... more

Preventing Loss of Sight in Laos

Laos had twice as many cases of childhood blindness as neighboring Thailand in 2... more

Providing At-Risk Youth with Employment & Educational Opportunity

Two major challenges on Mississippi Gulf Coast communities—challenges that were onl... more

Reducing Vulnerability to Drought, Cyclones & Climate Change in Mozambique

For over a decade, Inhambane province, Mozambique, has experienced severe cyclones... more

Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting in Zimbabwe

Access to safe water remains a challenge to most people in Zimbabwe and this expose... more

Safe Educational Opportunities Project

Khammouane province in central Laos had one of the lowest primary school complet... more

School Repair and Restoration in Armenia

In 2005 IRD Armenia began implementing 12 small construction projects at social ins... more


The word serasi means “harmony” in many of Indonesia’s languages. The USAID-funded... more

Strategic Provincial Roads in Southern and Eastern Afghanistan

The Strategic Provincial Roads Program in Southern and Eastern Afghanistan (SPR) co... more