IRD's programs in the Americas began responding to the devastation of the U.S. Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, and is one of the few agencies that is still there, still helping to rebuild.
Active Presence Since: 2008
Colombia has served as an international leader in the challenge of bringing democracy, economic growth, and social stability to its people, while fighting the scourge of drug production and export, and terrorism in its midst. Colombia has suffered under the burden of armed conflict for several decades. It has produced significant numbers victims in the regions most afflicted by conflict, including displacement and gender based violence.
Active Presence Since: 2009
IRD helped provide shelter, sanitation, and hygiene assistance, as well as medicine, clothes, and shoes, to Leogane, Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010.
IRD established a presence in Haiti on January 18, in order to provide emergency assistance in response to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas on January 12. The field team included experts in rapid response and assessment, refugee camp management, infrastructure, and health, who focused their initial efforts on providing basic humanitarian aid, such as water, food, sanitation, medicines, and shelter materials.
IRD has shipped and distributed medical supplies, antibiotics, anti-diarrhea medicines, oral rehydration salts, water purifiers, respirator masks, solar-powered lights, and additional humanitarian aid. To date, IRD has received more than $16 million worth of in-kind relief commodities.
In March 2010, IRD received nearly $6.5 million in support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). These funds are helping to provide shelter, sanitation, and hygiene assistance, as well as medicine, clothes, and shoes, to 28,000 individuals in Leogane, Haiti. More than 1200 temporary shelters have been constructed, in addition to the tarps distributed immediately following the earthquake.
Active Presence Since: 2005
IRD US approaches its domestic relief and development challenges with careful, systematic assessments and collaboration with local partners and community members to design short- and long-term interventions that yield sustainable development results. Since 2005, IRD US has implemented community development programs that target the most vulnerable populations along the Gulf Coast and has made an economic impact of over $100 million.