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History


CARE stands for "Cooperative Assistance and Relief Everyewhere. CARE is one of the world's largest private international humanitarian organizations. It is 100% committed to helping families in poor communities to improve their lives. It was founded in 1945 to provide relief for survivors of World War II.

CARE's mission and goals has changed drastically since the founding in 1945, when 22 American organizations came together to rush lifesaving CARE Packages to the survivors of World War II. Thousands of americans contributed to this project. On May 11, 1946, the first 20,000 packages were sent out to those in need, Over the years, their work has expanded as they have taken on some of the worlds biggest problems like the recent Haiti project. In the 1950's they expanded. CARE takes on more on more projects each year. Today their staff consists of more than 12,000.
The Afghanistan challenge,history has shown that women working in such poorly paid, labour-intensive jobs will raise children who are destined for the same fate. Uneducated children who grow up contributing to their family's income by begging in the streets become part of a poverty cycle that is difficult to break.
The Vocational Training for Afghan Women Project will address these problems by helping widows and their families acquire the skills they need to enter trades that offer better incomes and by providing financial tools, such as micro-finance and savings and loans groups.
The first CARE packages where:
  • one pound of beef in broth
  • one pound of steak and kidneys
  • 8 ounces of liver loaf
  • 8 ounces of corned beef
  • 12 ounces of luncheon loaf (like Spam®)
  • 8 ounces of bacon
  • 2 pounds of margarine
  • one pound of lard
  • one pound of fruit preserves
  • one pound of honey
  • one pound of raisins
  • one pound of chocolate
  • 2 pounds of sugar
  • 8 ounces of egg powder
  • 2 pounds of whole-milk powder
  • 2 pounds of coffee
Over the years, CARE's work has expanded as it addresses the world's most threatening problems. In the 1950s, CARE expanded into emerging nations; in the 1960s, it pioneered primary health care programmes. In the 1970s, CARE responded to massive famines in Africa with both emergency relief and long-term agroculture-forestry projects, integrating environmentally sound land-management practices with farming programmes. In 2004, CARE was one of the primary emergency responders in an unprecedented natural disaster, the South Asian tsunami. Today, CARE works in almost 70 countries, focusing on global issues like HIV and AIDS, economic strengthening, women’s empowerment, adaptation to climate change, development and relief.

Goals

The organization CARE has a goal to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities. They draw strength from global diversity, resources and experience, they promote solutions and take responsiibility to make change. They make change by:
  • Strengthening capacity for self-help
  • Providing economic opportunity
  • Delivering relief in emergencies
  • Influencing policy decisions at all levels
  • Addressing discrimination in all its forms
Guided by the aspirations of local communities, they reach their goals with both excellence and compassion because the people whom they help deserve nothing less. The employees and volunteers of CARE are 100% dedicated to ending poverty and discrimination so that people may live with dignity and security.CARE is also one of the first to respond in emergencies as natural disasters or civil conflict, providing food, water and shelter and making communites sustainable.


Where in the World


The CARE organization offices are located in Quebec.They work in approximately 65 countries world wide.CARE works with communities in need to help people build better lives . CARE projects help and improve all the issues amongst troubled communities.

CARE around the world:
- Latin America and Carribean
- West Africa
- Middle East and Europe
- Asia
- East and Central Africa
- Southern Africa
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Succes Stories

The CARE organization has helped many people including Nguyet. They help people with diseases such as aids etc..., as well as victims of poverty, starvation, discrimination, natural disaster, and climate change. CARE has 5 projects on the go right now but are always willing to take on new projects in hopes to make the world a better place. Out of CARE work comes inspiring stories of perservearance, determination, and success.

Success Story #1-

Nguyet’s face is weathered and darkened by the sun, but it shines alight with confidence and determinationToday, she sits proudly in the Morning Sunlight centre, a self-help group she established to help support people living with HIV and AIDS in Ho Chi Minh City.
The story of her work is as powerful as the story of her life. An ordinary and modest woman, Nguyet has made every effort to lead a better and more positive life, and has given a helping hand to many people in the same situation.
Nguyet grew up in a family with nine brothers and sisters in a poor village in the northern province of Ha Nam Ninh. In 1984, her family moved to the southern province of Dong Nai in search of better livelihood. Their life then was so difficult that she dropped out of school when she was in Grade seven to help her parents earn money, and she migrated to Ho Chi Minh City and found a job as a leather shoe worker when she was just 16 years old.
It was then that she met her husband. They were married in January 2001 and two years later, their first daughter was born.
Falling to pieces
Their life was so happy and peaceful until 2005, when tragedy struck. Nyguyet and her husband found out they were both HIV-positive. Nguyet could not understand how such a deadly virus could get into her body. Her husband confessed that several times he had sex with sex workers without using condoms. They were both very shocked. She cried a lot and wanted to die. Their parents, with whom they were living, made them move out of the house. Nguyet had to use the little savings they had to buy basic furniture to live in separate houses.
At that time, her relatives and neighbours had almost no understanding of the disease. The stigma and discrimination against the disease was frightful, as HIV/AIDS was considered a disease linked to social evils. If someone was infected with HIV, that meant his or her life was over.
After crying until her tears dried out, Nguyet tried to keep calm. She confided in her story to the priest so that they could share in the regular ceremonies with the hope that community people would be aware and take preventive measures for themselves after having listened to her heart-breaking story.
A year later she met Ms. Lan Huong, head of the Friendship Group. Nguyet received information, empathy, and encouragement from her and the group members. She brought home information on HIV/AIDs for their parents and shared what she had learned about the disease. Now their parents understood the disease and were no longer afraid of HIV transmission.
Turning life around
Several months after joining the Friendship Group and attending CARE’s training courses and counseling, she left her job at the textile factory and began working as a home-based care volunteer for the Friendship Group. Upon joining the home-based care volunteers’ team she met many other people in the same situation. She realized that people living with HIV still lack information about HIV/AIDS and the rights of people living with the disease. Therefore, in June 2006 she established the Morning Sunlight Group.
Morning sunlight is the sunlight from the early sunrise, when the beginning of a new day is filled with immense hope. Just like the group name, the hope in herself has spread to all group members, helping them gain back their trust in life and leading to a more positive and meaningful life.
A sunny future
With Nguyet’s great hope, her commitment, the support given from self help groups and empowering projects like CARE’s, the morning sunlight in herself and the morning sunlight in many other communities will be shining forever, contributing to a better life for Vietnamese living with HIV.

Success Story #2-
At the fragile moment in time when a life enters the world, when a child leaves the warm, protective cocoon of her mother's womb, one gesture can change everything. It can transform what could have been a happy occasion into the saddest of all.
Wadneicia may never know how lucky she was to open her eyes on January 20 in Saint Pierre Square, on the ground, lying on old packing boxes. It was 9:00 am when Joane Kerez, 20 years old, gave birth to her first child under a cloth tarpaulin with only her mother assisting her. All around, people went about their business. Curious onlookers crowded around the small space just two metres square in size, making it hard for the young pregnant woman to breathe.
"There were people all around watching me. I would have rather been somewhere else, in a cleaner place without all those people looking at my body," she says, embarrassed at the lack of modesty. At least 6000 people "live" in this crowded square where every square inch of land is occupied by earthquake victims. Children play amidst the garbage and wash themselves in street ditches; women cook in pestilential stench since everyone urinates right in the camp due to the lack of toilet facilities. Joane's mother cut the umbilical cord with a non-sterile razor blade. The only water available was a tank that CARE had installed the day before. Five thousand litres of water was supplied to help meet the victims' needs.
"Thankfully CARE had installed the tank, otherwise I would have to have used water that comes out of the pipe at the end of the road."
No soap, no clean towel, no disinfectant, no doctor, not even minimal medical equipment in case of complications. No western woman could imagine even for an instant giving birth in conditions like these! And yet Joane's childbirth story is not extraordinary. Since January 13, hundreds of other Haitian women have given birth among garbage cans in the streets of Port-au-Prince.
Everyone complains of the lack of space and the suffocating heat that burns the little ones' skin when the sun is at its zenith. So they wrap up the babies in cloth and towels to protect them. The children are certainly too hot, and we know that when there is no water, dehydration is a real threat. Thankfully, our teams have distributed water purification tablets.
In a situation this difficult, pregnant women and infants are even more vulnerable. In seeing these women, life seems more fragile than ever, hanging by a thread that could break any second. Sometimes just the infinitely small things make it easier for mothers and children. That is why we will continue to distribute these basic goods and help strengthen the thread of life during the women's childbirth and the children's first steps.

Some of the projects CARE has taken responsibility for are:

Humanitarian Crisis: CARE's response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza began within hours of the first Israeli bombings on Dec. 27, 2008. They are providing emergency humanitarian aid, lifesaving medical supplies, food, blankets, heaters and shelter materials to hospitals, families and feeding centers.

African Hunger- Food shortages are affecting millions of people in 25 countries. According to UNICEF, 1 million children and pregnant women in South America are malnoursihed. CARE is here to help.

Tsunami Relief- CARE helped restore access to clean water. CARE is ensuring that disaster-stricken communities can look forward to a healthier future. CARE helped meet the survival needs for over 50 000 people.

Niger- CARE is distributing 13,677 tons of food to stop hunger.

Reducing Climate Change- Global climate change threatens farming, natural resources and human health. The CARE organizatoin is trying to reduce the impact of devastating climate changes on poor communities and people who suffer most from the damage to natural resources and agriculture.

CARE has several other campaigns such as AIDS, Power of Women, Food Crisis, Education, Reproductive Health, and much more. You can visit there website below to donate now. So that CARE can continue to do what it does and help people in need all over the world. They need our support!

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Project of Focus

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One of the project focuses is the Afghanistan Challenge is a partnership between CARE Canada, MEDA, Rotary International, WUSC and the Government of Canada. Together, these groups are challenging Canadians who want to personally help to get involved in efforts to rebuild Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Challenge partners with Canadian NGOs who are working to get more projects in Afghanistan that help to improve the lives of Afghans.The project’s goal is to help households headed by women enjoy a higher standard of living and improve community acceptance of women in the workplace. Ultimately, if more women acquire better literacy skills and sustainable jobs, the whole country will benefit economically.This project helps many women in their countries out. They try to improve there lives so that they can get a job in their life and so they can try and feel sucessful.Under the Taliban, widows in Afghanistan were forbidden from going to school or working outside of their home. As a result, as many as 97% have no education or marketable skills and are either unemployed or lack sustainable jobs. The projects people are commiting to are worth it because they are helping thousands of people out to try and get them an education to get them a job in the futrue.

Project Product


CARE tackles underlying causes of poverty so that people can become self-sufficient. Recognizing that women and children suffer disproportionately from poverty, CARE places special emphasis on working with women to create permanent social change. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

Fun Facts

- C.A.R.E offers trips for people to go on. They get high school students in a big group to go down to Guatemala, Peru and Ghana. They go to these place to try and helpout with the poverty that is going on in these place. It is a great experiance for students and other volunteers to go on.

- CARES donations are split up 90% of the money goes to program activites and 10 % goes to support services and fundraising.

- CARES program by activity: 78% community development and 22% emergency and rehabiliation.

- All donations are tax deductible.

- CARE was labeled a 4 star charity

- WFF (World Wild life Fund) and CARE have joined together to help fight climate change



Sources

http://www.care.org/about/index.asp
http://www.care.org/getinvolved/advocacy/agenda/aids/index.asp
http://www.care.org/getinvolved/advocacy/climatechange/index.asp