CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere) Overview
Direct beneficiaries per year: In fiscal year 2011, CARE worked in 84 countries around the world, supporting 1,015 poverty-fighting projects to reach almost 130 million people, over half of whom are women.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: CARE encourages all of our U.S.-based supporters to join our CARE Action Network, a group of CARE advocates working to educate our nation’s leaders about issues related to global poverty. Join thousands of other supporters around the country in speaking out on behalf of women, children and poor families around the world.
CARE does not generally recruit volunteers for fieldwork for several reasons. Whenever possible, CARE works with local people in order to expand skills and knowledge in a county, as well as to ensure sustainability. Often, local laws prohibit or severely restrict the use of foreign volunteers. Most of our programs require specific expertise and several years of experience in international development and relief. Using volunteers internationally can be very costly in regard to airfare, meals, and lodging.
If you aren’t a U.S. resident or are interested in working abroad, please check http://bit.ly/CAREcareers for current career and internship opportunities. Or, you can contact our offices in countries around the world directly at http://bit.ly/CAREcountries
Geographic areas served: CARE works with people in poor communities in the following regions:
■ Eastern Europe
■ Latin America and the Caribbean
■ Middle East
Programs: ■ Agriculture and natural resources
■ Economic development
■ Emergency relief
■ HIV and AIDS
■ Water, hygiene and sanitation
Our mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Drawing strength from our global diversity, resources and experience, we promote innovative solutions and are advocates for global responsibility. We facilitate lasting change by:
•Responding to natural disasters and emergencies, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of women, children and the elderly.
•Helping improve the health — and save the lives — of pregnant women, new mothers and their babies.
•Helping women access loans and start small businesses so they can provide for their families.
•Helping girls around the world go to school and working with communities to improve education for all children.
•Delivering health and nutrition services to millions of children and their family members.
In fiscal year 2011:
•CARE’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery programs reached nearly 12.5 million people, with special emphasis on the needs of those disproportionately affected by disasters: women, children and the elderly.
•CARE’s programs worked to reach nearly six million people with information and tools to promote gender equality and empower women to claim their rights. CARE’s women’s empowerment programs help women and men promote women’s rights, provide solidarity and support groups for women, work to prevent sexual and gender-based violence, and ensure services and support for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
•CARE worked to improve food security for 8 million people by providing nutritional support and promoting sustainable agriculture, and reached more than 26 million children and their family members with information and services to improve child health and nutrition.
•CARE worked to help more than 7 million people improve their household income through increased access to financial and non-financial services, participation in village savings and loan associations, market linkages and diversified livelihoods.
•CARE’s programs worked to provide more than 5 million people with improved access to school and better quality education.
•CARE worked to reach 41 million women, men and children with information and services to improve maternal health.
•Through health and social services, CARE worked to help more than 16 million people protect themselves from HIV, reduce stigma associated with the illness, and mitigate its negative economic impact.
•CARE worked to help more than 27 million people develop sustainable water management practices and helped communities improve hygiene and sanitation practices.