CARE has been working in India for more than 60 years, focusing on ending poverty and social injustice. We do this through well-planned and comprehensive programs in health, education, livelihoods and disaster preparedness and response. Our overall goal is the empowerment of women and girls from poor and marginalized communities leading to improvement in their lives and livelihoods. By collaborating with community groups, government departments, and professional bodies, CARE India ensures that the most vulnerable can effect and sustain equitable change.
CARE works with the poorest of the poor in more than 100 districts, in a total of 11 states across India. In 2008, CARE became nationally registered in India, which allows CARE an even greater opportunity to work with national partners and ensure that the poor benefit from India’s new wealth. In 2013, CARE India transitioned from an affliate to a full member of CARE International, a global confederation of member organizations – Austria, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany-Luxemburg, India, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States – working together to end poverty.
For more information or to contact us, please visit the CARE India website.
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Family Planning: Keeping Child and Mother Healthy
With support from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE's Family Health Initiative promotes the health of mothers and children in Bihar, the poorest state in India.
Sangita's Second Chance to Go to School
Up until two months ago, 13-year-old Sangita Devi had never set foot in a school.
This ‘Disposable’ Girl Became The Most Educated Person in Her Village.
Seen as disposable in their own homes, the destiny of girls in poor rural villages like Schti in northern India is to marry early and move out to live with another family, continuing the cycle of girls’ illiteracy — and poverty — for the next generation.
“My brothers had gone to school, but I thought I’d never experience it,” Pinki recalls. “It was out of the question.”
They expected her to stay home until she got married. She chose school instead.
As the oldest daughter of a poor family in a rural Indian farming community, Laxmi, age 12, was destined to do housework, watch after her four younger siblings and marry at age 14.
But she knew she was worth more than that.
Thanks to the Join My Village maternal health program in India, women like Seema are learning about prenatal care and safe births in their local villages. This program from Join My Village – a Merck, General Mills and CARE partnership – is aimed at building stronger communities through healthier pregnancies.
Seema doesn’t know the exact year of her birth – she’s in her mid-twenties – or the number of years she has been married.
When I left for Lalwi village, in Bahraich, to meet the girls of Ekta adolescent group, little did I know that I was about to discover a gold mine of inspirational stories. The group is one of the many that are part of Join My Village’s Girls’ Leadership Program.
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