American Refugee Committee
In the late 1970s conflicts between Vietnam, the Khmer Rouge, and Thailand raged across South Asia. In 1979, Chicago businessman Neal Ball founded an organization to provide relief for the millions of people displaced by the conflict. The American Refugee Committee, or ARC, recruited volunteer medical teams and sent them to refugee camps along the Thai-Cambodian border. After ARC met with success in this initial test, they expanded their focus to provide relief for refugees around the world. Today, they help thousands of people in ten countries worldwide.