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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.

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CARE USA is rated as a Four Star Charity by Charity Navigator. CARE USA exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its Cause.

In 66 countries, CARE projects advance education, improve health, increase economic opportunity, and meet emergency needs during and after disasters. 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.

By working side by side with communities to create lasting solutions that respect local culture and knowledge, CARE will make substantial, measurable contributions to the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people living on less than $1 a day by 2015.

CARE's Response to Crisis in Haiti

  • More than 150 emergency relief staff are on the ground delivering aid and helping survivors. Having an experienced emergency team has allowed us to start providing immediate lifesaving assistance while planning for longer-term recovery.
  • CARE has provided food, water purification packets, mattresses, blankets, clean delivery kits, newborn kits, and hygiene kits, and access to water to nearly 55,000 people.
  • Sanitation and clean water is a major priority and we have started the excavation of 60 latrines. Already, a growing caseload of diarrhea has been reported in the past few days, so more help is desperately needed.
  • There are 37,000 pregnant women in the disaster zone who are in urgent need of food, safe water and access to health care. 10,000 are due to give birth in the next 30 days. CARE is working hard to support their needs with clean delivery kits, mattresses and more.
  • We are in the process of acquiring and bringing in more supplies, such as jerry cans, tents, temporary warehouse structures, generators and high-protein meals from places like Dubai, Karachi and Nairobi.
  • The CARE team in Haiti has begun planning for immediate recovery activities that could include activities such as rebuilding homes and implementing a cash-for-work program for people to help clear debris. We also are planning a $40 million long-term, five year effort to support Haitians as their rebuild their lives and their communities.

CARE has extensive experience responding to disasters of this magnitude. Many of CARE's staff in Haiti include emergency personnel who were part of the response to the devastating Hurricane Hanna in 2008. CARE began working in Haiti in 1954 to provide relief assistance after Hurricane Hazel.

Help CARE continue to provide aid to survivors of this deadly disaster with your generous donation today.


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