Our story began in 1945, when CARE first came together to support populations in Europe devastated by the Second World War.
On May 11, 1946, the first 20,000 CARE Packages reached the battered port of Le Havre, France. Some 100 million more CARE Packages would be delivered to people in need during the next two decades, first in Europe and later in Asia and other parts of the developing world.
Over the years, CARE's work has grown to address a changing world.
In the 1950s, CARE expanded into emerging nations; in the 1960s, it pioneered primary health care programs. In the 1970s and 1980s, CARE responded to massive famines in Africa with emergency relief and long-term agro-forestry projects, integrating environmentally sound land-management practices with farming programs.
The following decades saw CARE face the fallout from unprecedented natural disasters and conflict causing widespread displacement, while delivering sustainable development programming.
CARE has grown into one of the world’s largest non-governmental humanitarian and development organizations, reaching millions of people in over 80 countries around the world.
CARE helps strengthen communities through an array of programs that work to create lasting change to the root causes of poverty.
CARE’s work focuses on global issues that include:
- Emergency preparedness and response
- Healthy food and nutrition
- Maternal and child health
- Economic development
CARE’s vision is of a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live in dignity and security.
Based on our 70 years of experience, CARE’s 2020 Program Strategy is our guiding approach for how we want to achieve lasting change in the world. By 2020, CARE and our partners will support 150 million people from the most vulnerable and excluded communities to overcome poverty and social injustice. Learn more.
CARE Canada is an operational member of the CARE International network. CARE Canada is responsible for coordinating the overall efforts of the CARE International network in Chad, Cuba, Indonesia, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as managing projects in numerous other countries around the world.