CARE started operations in Angola in 1989, focusing on emergency humanitarian assistance including food, health, water, sanitation, and one urban development program. In 2002, when the 30-year civil war ended, CARE’s programs shifted to the areas of rights, good governance and decentralization in both urban and rural areas.
On June 29th, 2012, after almost 23 years of operations, CARE Angola closed its doors. Since 1989, CARE has implemented projects in emergency relief, rehabilitation and development in 10 provinces. In the initial years of operations, CARE focused on providing food to save lives, creating jobs through food-for-work activities, and improving access to water, sanitation and health services. After the war, CARE implemented a program to resettle more than 1.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). Since 2005, CARE has focused most of its efforts on supporting the government to reduce poverty and social exclusion. These programs had a specific focus on early childhood development, water and sanitation, agricultural development, and women’s economic empowerment. CARE’s approach has been adopted by local entities and, hopefully, will continue to flourish once CARE leaves.
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Everyone in our neighborhood, which is known as Kididi, calls me "Aunt Maria". I am 46 years old and in twenty years of being in my new home, the neighborhood has grown significantly but not much has changed. We continue to live in poverty, we are still excluded from government plans, we do not have basic services and many of our children cannot continue school after the fourth grade.
CARE gave me hope for a better future for myself and my children; today I am able to give my family what they deserve and I know I can achieve anything.