Our story began more than 65 years ago, when we began our emergency relief work by delivering “CARE Packages” to the people of Europe following WWII. 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.
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 programs. In the 1970s, 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. In 2004, CARE was one of the primary emergency responders in an unprecedented natural disaster, the South Asian tsunami.
CARE has grown into one of the world’s largest private humanitarian and development organization, 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 solutions to the root causes of poverty.
CARE’s work focuses on global issues that include:
- Maternal and child health
- Economic Development
- Food Security
- Emergency Relief
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.