CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. They place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of their community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of disease, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. They also deliver emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and help people rebuild their lives.
In the fiscal year 2013, CARE worked in 87 countries around the world, supporting 927 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects to reach more than 97 million people.
The impact they achieved was made possible through the generous efforts of hundreds of thousands of private and institutional donors, partners, corporations and private foundations.
CARE's programmes in the developing world address a broad range of topics including emergency response, food security, water and sanitation, economic development, climate change, agriculture, education, and health. CARE also advocates at the local, national, and international levels for policy change and the rights of poor people. Within each of these areas, CARE focuses particularly on empowering and meeting the needs of women and girls and on promoting gender equality.
CARE International is a confederation of thirteen CARE National Members and one Affiliate Member, each of which is registered as an autonomous non-profit non-governmental organization in the country. The 14 CARE National Members are:
CARE Peru (Affiliate Member)
CARE Thai Foundation
CARE International UK
CARE International Japan
CARE programming falls into the following broad themes:
Gender and Women's Empowerment
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)