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.
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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.