El Niño and CARE’s Response

El Niño will have a severe impact on access to water and food security in several countries. Learn how CARE is responding.

Water or Food?

Imagine being pregnant but having to choose between eating enough food and drinking enough water. Women affected by the drought have to make that difficult choice.

Helping the Hardest Hit

When disaster strikes, it is those with the least support who are some of the most affected.

Country Info

Cambodia’s worst drought in decades, brought on by El Niño, has left many of the most vulnerable without access to water. CARE and People in Need have been prioritizing those hardest hit—the old, the young, pregnant mothers, those with disabilities and those without access to any other support. 

CARE worked in Cambodia between 1973 and 1975, distributing food, providing medical assistance and improving education. From 1975 onwards CARE worked to support the millions of Cambodian refugees who fled the Khmer Rouge and were living in camps along the Thai-Cambodian border.

In 1990, we returned to Cambodia, working with the United Nations to help 370,000 Cambodian refugees return to their homes. Over the years, CARE has shifted its focus in Cambodia from short-term, vital relief operations, to long-term projects in health, education and rural development.


The work we do in Cambodia

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.


There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.