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Founded in 1945 to provide relief to survivors of World War II, CARE is one of the world's largest private international humanitarian organizations.


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What We Do

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice. We place special emphasis on investing in women and girls because our six decades of experience show that their empowerment benefits whole communities.

In fiscal year 2010, CARE worked in 87 countries around the world, supporting 905 poverty-fighting projects to reach more than 82 million people, over half of whom are women. Underpinning all our work is a commitment to using evidence-based policy advocacy to address underlying causes of poverty, such as poor governance, gender inequity, and economic and social exclusion.

Below is a list of some of the countries where we work:

Where We Work

Our Programs

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. Each one of our programs strives to fulfill our mission as an organization to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world.

Our Programs

Our History

CARE was founded in 1945, when 22 American organizations came together to rush lifesaving CARE Packages to survivors of World War II. Thousands of Americans, including President Harry S. Truman, contributed to the effort. On May 11, 1946, the first 20,000 packages reached the battered port of Le Havre, France. Some 100 million more CARE Packages reached people in need during the next two decades, first in Europe and later in Asia and other parts of the developing world.

Our History

Supporting CARE

Supporting CARE can satisfy your desire to make a difference and your expectation to see a return on your investment. Our record of efficiency meets the stringent guidelines of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.

Consider helping women ALL YEAR LONG with a recurring monthly donation through our Partners for Change program.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Goma Achary, © 2008 Brendan Bannon/CARE, © 2011 Juliett Otieno/CARE