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An International Aid Organization

What is CARE?

CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere) is an international aid organization made up of 14 members (Austria, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany-Luxemburg, India, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States) that work together to end poverty.

History CARE was founded by several American organisations that came together to send packages to survivors of World War II. The first packages were sent to the Normandy region of France in May of 1946.

Regine Binet, who lived in France, received a CARE package in 1946.

The contents of some of the original CARE packages.

With over 70 years of experience, CARE has worked on over 890 projects in 95 countries. In just 2015, CARE helped over 65 million people.

What issues does CARE work on in Africa? CARE works on many issues in Africa. Some of their main projects address these issues: -

Poverty Child marriage Empowering women Disaster relief Healthcare

Often these issues can be related to each other, so it is important to address them all. Locations of projects CARE is currently working on in Africa

CARE focuses on making their efforts long-lasting so that communities will be helped even after CARE is done in the area.

Issue: Poverty The cycle of poverty is quite a large problem. There are many factors that can contribute to poverty; including lack of education, drought, and war. The cycle is vicious; when families are in poverty their children often cannot go to school because they have to work. Without an education the children will not be able to get better jobs to earn enough money, and when they have kids, their children will be in poverty as well. Some steps that CARE is taking to break the cycle are ensuring that communities have a sustainable and adequate food source, like a farm, and that children have the opportunity to go to school. Women and children are more at risk for poverty because many communities are still male dominated, where women often can’t work or are much more limited, so CARE is trying to fight this by empowering women to become entrepreneurs with their own business.

Issue: Child Marriage Poor families often marry their daughters young to limit the number of mouths to feed. Usually the bride’s family has to pay a higher dowry as the bride is older, so they marry younger. Also, in some communities it is a cultural tradition to marry young. Twenty four out of the the top twenty six countries in which girls are more likely to marry than enroll in secondary education are in Africa. In Niger, 76% of girls are married before the age of 18, and only 10% of girls are enrolled in secondary school. CARE is educating communities and helping women and girls form groups to fight for their rights. CARE also has support groups to help child brides by educating them on many aspects of their new lives.

Tino was forced to marry her dead sister’s husband when she was only 9 years old.

Empowering Women Females are often not valued as much as males in many countries in Africa. Women and girls are at higher risk for poverty, violence, child marriage, and lack of education. CARE is working to change this by working with women in many countries to empower them within their community and society. Some way that CARE does this is by giving women the tools they need to make their own business, include them in community planning, and make sure they get the education they deserve.

Disaster Relief When responding to a disaster, CARE focuses on four humanitarian core sectors: enough food, shelter, clean water, and adequate hygiene supplies. Instead of just giving out supplies, CARE includes community members in their emergency response. They work together to give out the items that people need while promoting awareness on hygiene practices and encouraging the community to work together to rebuild. Currently, CARE is working in southern Africa to aid people who are affected by the drought. The ongoing lack of water affects many aspects of people's’ lives: they need water to drink, bathe, clean, grow food, and earn an income. Without water, there are thousands of people in need of assistance.

Issue: Health Care Health care is important to increase one’s standard of living. Many children die before their fifth birthday due to preventable sanitation related disease. Some of the ways that CARE is working to improve the health of communities in Africa are creating a clean water source, training community members in some aspect of health care, and educating people on the subject. Recently, CARE launched the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies initiative. This is helping improve babies’ health by improving their mother’s health.

Roadblocks to success A problem that CARE has is that there are far too many areas that need assistance to cover them all. CARE works on many projects throughout the world but it is too difficult to work on fixing all the problems at once. CARE’s success has relied on the compassion of people to work hard, volunteer, and donate since it was founded. If they don’t have the help of people to keep CARE running, they will have to scale back their efforts.

How can we help? The simplest way that anyone can help is by donating. There are many different ways that you can contribute money to CARE. This is how CARE Canada promises donations will be spent. You can purchase gifts from CARE’s website (such as food, livestock, supplies, and much more) that CARE will send to people in need, you can give monthly monetary donations, or a one-time donation. If you would like to be more involved, CARE’s website also has a way to set up your own fundraiser. If you are interested in donating, please visit CARE’s website, or Another way for women to get involved is by joining one of the Councils for CARE Canada. These are groups of women who work together to raise awareness and support for the projects that CARE runs. Each council takes on a specific CARE projects that they learn about and raise funds for. Currently, the Vancouver council is working with the Malawi portions of the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies project.

Walk in Her Shoes

Another way to help is by participating in events, like Walk in Her Shoes. This event is a fundraiser challenge to walk 10,000 steps. Ten thousand represents the average number of steps that women and girls in developing countries have to take each day just to access basic essentials, like food and water, for their families. This takes a big portion of their day and leaves little time for them to get an education or earn an income. The Walk in Her Shoes event raises money to make access to basic necessities easier so that girls can get the education that they need to break the cycle of poverty. This year’s event in Vancouver is happening on March 5, 2017 at the Creekside Community Centre. The event is for anyone who would like to participate to help women and girls in developing countries. If you would like to learn more or participate in Walk in Her Shoes, please visit:

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CARE: An International Aid Organization