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.
CARE Angola works in the provinces of Luanda, Bie, Kuando Kubango, Cabinda, Benguela, Cunene, Huambo, and Huila. The resource-rich country has a strong potential to become independent from foreign aid, but it will be a challenge to ensure those resources benefit all Angolans.
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.
Gender-based violence is one of the most widespread – but least recognized – human rights abuses in the world. Globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. This violence is happening to our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters around the world.
This violence leaves survivors with long-term psychological and physical trauma; tears away at the social fabric of communities; and is used with terrifying effect in conflict settings, with women as the main target.
The importance of expanding access to financial services for the world’s poorest people is increasingly recognized.