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South Sudan July 2016Update from South Sudan

On 9 July, the people of South Sudan were supposed to be celebrating their fifth year of independence; instead, violence was erupting in the cities of Juba and Wau. Hundreds were killed, the airports were closed and citizens either went into hiding or fled to neighbouring countries. The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon said, “Yet […]

SDG blogThe Sustainable Development Goals will “leave no one behind”

In 2015, the UN General Assembly created the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are 17 goals in total and they range from ending extreme poverty to providing a quality education for every child. While the 17 goals may seem vague at first glance, they each contain multiple, smaller goals, that if achieved, will assist in […]

StepUp farmer takes part in M&EHow We Monitor and Evaluate StepUp

In international development, monitoring change and progress is essential for success. One way this can be done is through Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). M&E is a process in which leaders or members of a project can monitor exercises and practices that have taken place, and evaluate how they are aiding in developing the cause. It’s […]

Steven SmithSteve Smith – It’s great to join IRT

I am absolutely delighted to have taken up the role of Chief Executive with IRT. The minute I saw the incredible projects that the organisation is involved in, and could see the impact that these are having on the ground, I knew that I wanted to be part of it. I have joined a team […]

Steve at the Great North RunRun the Great North Run in support of refugees

  Great North Run, the world’s greatest half marathon The Great North Run can’t be beaten. It attracts world class athletes like Mo Farah and Haile Gebrselassie, is televised by the BBC, and has over 57,000 other runners from around the world taking part. What’s more, the atmosphere is absolutely electric with thousands of people cheering you on […]

Syrian mother cradles your babyEmergency Appeal for Syrian refugees in Jordan

We are asking for your support on behalf of the Sisters in Jordan. With your donations, they will be able to continue helping Syrian refugees by providing free medical care. ‘The Sisters in Jordan’, as we warmly refer to them, are two Orders of Catholic nuns – the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation and the […]

Katie outside the Italian Hospital in Amman Jordan4 things I learned from visiting Jordan

I’ve recently returned from visiting Jordan where IRT help support two hospitals (known as the Italian Hospitals) to provide free medical care to Syrian refugees. It was IRT’s first visit since the Syrian conflict broke out, five years ago, and my first ever time travelling in the Middle East – I want to share with […]

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 […]