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.
Gender-based violence is one of the most widespread – but least recognized – human rights abuses in the world. Globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. This violence is happening to our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters around the world.
This violence leaves survivors with long-term psychological and physical trauma; tears away at the social fabric of communities; and is used with terrifying effect in conflict settings, with women as the main target.
“Sarita, Sarita, you are going to be OK!”
I hear faint voices and think that, perhaps, I am not going to be OK after all. I can feel someone dabbing at the end of my yellow sari and continuously caressing my brown curly hair, but the repetitive movements soon feel numb. With darkness gathering around me, I think back on what I’ve endured over the past couple of hours – days, months and years.
That was my ordeal as I tried to deliver my first child. But there’s a lot that came before that difficult evening – and, thanks to CARE, many good things have come to me since then.
In early 2010, with an infant in her arms, another on the way, and a heavy load of daily household chores, Meeta quickly grew weak and ill with exhaustion. But Ramkishore, her husband, did not help her with the chores.
I recently met a teenager from India's Dalit ("untouchable") community who had been gang-raped by a group of upper-caste men. She told me that instead of providing support after the attack last September, relatives were humiliating her. "I'm finding it hard to cope with the stigma," she said. "I worry that I will not be accepted by society."
Feb 2012 Girls Leadership Program Brief
The Power to Lead Alliance (PTLA) aimed to create, strengthen, and scale-up diverse leadership opportunities for girls in six countries [Egypt, Honduras, India, Malawi, Tanzania, and Yemen] through extra-curricular activities, social networks, and civic action.
“We might not know much about the world, but we understand our rights,” says Anasuyamma, president of a 12-member women’s group in the small Indian village of Dharmajipet located two hours from the city of Hyderabad. “One match can be easily broken but put them together and they become stronger. There is power in numbers and that’s the philosophy of our group.”