Looking to the Future
In 2011, a catastrophic drought struck the Horn of Africa, affecting Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. CARE continues its work there, helping communities become increasingly resilient for the future.
Responding to Crisis
Liz McLaughlin, Executive Director of CARE's Foundation Unit, traveled to the Horn of Africa in 2011 to see CARE's response to this massive emergency. She captured her journey on camera.
Fighting Poverty & Drought with Honeybees
Nuriya, an Ethiopian mother of six children, has been able to make ends meet on her own since her husband passed away 11 years ago. By farming bees, a trade usually engaged by men, Nuriya is able to provide for her family.
CARE started working in Ethiopia in 1984 in response to severe drought and famine that devastated the population and claimed the lives of nearly one million people. Since then, the organization’s activities have expanded to address the root causes of poverty and vulnerability.
As part of CARE Ethiopia’s development of a focused and long-term program approach to poverty, the office targets three groups of people:
- pastoralist girls
- chronically food-insecure rural women
- poor young girls living in cities and on the outskirts of urban areas
Hunger in the Horn of Africa
While conditions have improved since a catastrophic drought struck this region in 2011, acute malnutrition rates remain high and millions still teeter on the brink of food insecurity.
Melka Stands Up To Early Marriage
"I want girls to know there are people out there like me who will fight against early marriage." — Melka from Libo Kemkem, Ethiopia on standing up against forced marriage.
CARE currently works in 11 countries in East and Central Africa (ECA), implementing long-term programs to fight poverty, respond to humanitarian emergencies, and advocate for policy change to improve the lives of the poorest populations.
Not every marriage lasts forever, but early marriage has lifelong consequences for girls. By forcing a child into premature adulthood, early marriage thwarts her chances at education, endangers her health and cuts short her personal growth and development.