India

India Hit by Massive Cyclone Phailin

CARE is focusing on urgent relief and recovery efforts.

Country Info

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.

 

Our Work in India

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.

Microfinance

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.

HIV & AIDS

Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

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.

Agriculture

By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

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.

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“Babita! You are going to be a mother soon!” As these words echoed in me I felt a sense of fear. It was difficult for a 20-year-old to imagine what being a mother was like.

I had only been married for five months, and already in my fourth month of pregnancy. My mother-in law assured me that I would always be valued only if it turned out to be a boy child. I shuddered at the thought if I had a girl.

Sunkari Parvathi lives in Swarna Bharathi Nagar, a large slum on the outskirts of Guntur town in India. She became a widow in 2002 when her husband died due to AIDS. Then, she found out she too was living with the disease – but was grateful when Srilakshmi, Nagaraju and Narasmhan, who study in the seventh, sixth and fourth grade, tested negative.

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Manjura and Mansura sisters -- 7 and 8 years old, respectively -- who live in the Shastri Park slum of Delhi, India. The slum is located near the railway line and their cottage is right alongside a train track where many children have died or been injured. Their vulnerabilities are further exacerbated by the lack of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, unavailability of electricity and poor educational facilities in the area.

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It was Saturday, the weekly payday for the tea workers, when they are usually at home. But not Ramya.

At age 32, Ramya  is a young widow. Her husband died last year due to alcoholism and she is left with five children and an aging mother-in-law to look after. All he left behind were two and-a half acres of land, out of which they had to now lease out half an acre of land to pay for her husband’s funeral and another acre to meet the expenses for her brother-in-law’s wedding. They were now left with just one acre of land.

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CARE shares the anger and grief of our sisters and brothers in India over the recent and widely-reported brutal gang rape and death of a 23-year-old woman in the capital city of Delhi.

Gender-Based Violence Fact Sheet

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses in the world. As many as one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some other way - most often by someone she knows, including by her husband or another male family member. Genderbased violence leaves its victims 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.

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