Among the most persistent challenges facing Bangladesh is child malnutrition – a chronic condition that is passed on from generation to generation, as malnourished mothers tend to have malnourished children.
CARE started its operations in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) in 1949. Today, CARE Bangladesh amplifies the voices of the poor and the marginalized in ways that influence public opinion, development practices, and policy at all levels by drawing on grassroots experience and relationships with civil society, government, and the private sector.
We have made a long-term commitment to specific marginalized and vulnerable groups to achieve a lasting impact on the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice.
We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.
The Innovation through Sport: Promoting Leaders, Empowering Youth (ITSPLEY) project, administered through CARE’s Gender and Empowerment Unit, is a pioneering initiative that uses the "convening power of sports" to minimize the effects of poverty and social injustice on marginalized youth, especially girls, in four countries. This USAID-funded, three-year project began in Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya and Tanzania in January 2009 and will conclude in January 2012.
As we celebrate International Day of the Girl, we can’t help remind ourselves of our own childhood. We think back on moments filled with laughter and tears, hopes and dreams. We recall stories of playing teacher to our stuffed animals, sport star with our siblings, or doctor to our best friends. These are the stories that make us laugh, make us cry, and push us to champion dreamers.
We believe that the greatest remaining obstacles to girls’ education were not a lack of schools or teachers, but the low social status in which girls are held.
The right to education is fundamental to the attainment and exercise of all human rights. From global movements such as Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to community-level declarations regarding equitable and free education, real and positive change is opening up educational opportunities previously not available to many of today’s children and youth.
In 2008, CARE launched an ambitious Market Engagement Strategy that aims to empower 10 million women and girls to transition from poverty to prosperity by 2015 by improving their ability to access and benefit from markets and employment. This report represents a first assessment of how we are doing.
Currently, CARE is implementing over 74 economic development programs in 66 countries. CARE’s position as one of the world’s largest international non-governmental organizations allows its economic development programs to extend this reach to achieve lasting impacts in fighting poverty. Our focus on the underlying causes of poverty and long-term presence in many countries, allow us to mobilize partnerships and resources to address some of the most intractable challenges countries face, bringing in the specialized expertise that is needed.
CARE’s programs in Economic Development work to improve the economic security and income opportunities of the poor. Currently, CARE is implementing 74 economic development projects in 43 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. In addition, CARE maintains ties with independent microfinance institutions (MFI) that have grown out of CARE’s economic development programming.
For over a decade, CARE’s HIV & AIDS programming and policy advocacy has highlighted the centrality of women’s empowerment within a broad rights-based approach to confronting HIV & AIDS. Implementers and women themselves have highlighted gender, class, race and other structural drivers of power as important infl uencers in determining sexual practices of at-risk populations.