Welcome to Steven Smith IRT’s new Chief Executive

The trustees of IRT are delighted to announce that they have appointed Steven Smith MBE as the charity’s new Chief Executive. Steve has a military background and has worked all over the world, frequently in conflict and disaster zones where he has coordinated responses to massive movements of refugees, including the Vietnamese Boat People and […]

IRT says farewell to Adrian Hatch

The trustees and staff of IRT said farewell last week to Adrian Hatch, who was Chief Executive of the charity for nearly ten years. Adrian has moved on to take up a new position but he leaves a substantial legacy, having presided over a period of growth where IRT was able to give more financial […]

Families flee fighting in South SudanCrisis Appeal for South Sudan

It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you of the situation in South Sudan. A few months ago fighting broke out in the town of Yambio, resulting in dozens of civilians being killed and thousands being forced to flee their homes. This insistent is part of a wider trend of violence which […]

2016Our 6 New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

The New Year is a good time to look back over the last year and forward to the next, to think about what you’ve done well and what you could do better. So spurred on by the New Year, IRT have decided to set out six of our own New Year’s resolutions (it’s 2016 but […]

Two nurses working togetherThe Winter Chill for Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Winter is closing in across the Middle East. As the snow descends coating the landscape in a brilliant white frosty blanket, over 600,000 refugees in Jordan face an uncertain future this winter. With resources and services already overstretched, and as more refugees flee into Jordan to escape the relentless conflict and insecurity in the region, […]

Families flee fighting in South SudanIRT pledges support to help those fleeing violence in South Sudan

I have just spoken on the phone with Fr Joe Githinji who is based in Source Yubo South Sudan. He had some very sad news to tell me – violence has erupted in the town of Source Yubo. With the sound of gunfire in the background Fr Joe spoke of how fighting has broken out […]

Katie visiting a StepUP family with OCA staffMy visit to StepUp in Lira Uganda

I’ve just got back from a two week trip to Uganda to see how StepUp farmers are progressing and to work with StepUp partner OCA in updating our capabilities to share information about StepUp directly from Uganda. It was a great trip, I was amazed with how far the StepUp farmers and their families have […]

Student Fundraising DayStudent Fundraising Day in Chiswick

Last weekend (27th September) I met up with a great group of 10 Hounslow students as part of NCS – The Challenge programme for 2015. As a charity we place a high value of providing people the opportunities to learn new skills and take part in new experiences. Normally we’re offering this type of opportunity […]

Syrian refugee childrenHelp Syrian Refugee Families

The Syrian crisis has been going on since March 2011. It has last longer than the First World War and cause more families to become refugees than since the Second World War. This is the crisis of our time. And while we daily see shocking pictures of refugees desperate to arrive into Europe the vast […]

Water blogStepUp helps the Ajiraku village get clean water

I’d like to report back on the successes and celebrations I’ve seen in the Ajiraku village in the northern Arua district of Uganda. The Ajiraku village is one of the communities who have started the StepUp programme this year. Last month (July), I was able to visit them and see some of their achievements. The […]