Many of the health services delivered to poor rural families come from community health volunteers or extension agents.
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.
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.
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.
We believe that the greatest obstacle to girls’ education is the low social status in which girls are held.
The right to education is fundamental to the attainment and exercise of all human rights. From global movements such as Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to community-level declarations regarding equitable and free education, real and positive change is opening up educational opportunities previously not available to many of today’s children and youth.
The world’s future will be largely shaped by today’s girls and tomorrow’s women. A growing body of evidence indicates that girls’ well-being is critical to progress on a range of developmental outcomes: an educated girl is more likely to delay marriage and childbirth, enjoy greater income and productivity and raise fewer, healthier and better-educated children.1 Indeed, investments in girls’ education may go further than any other spending in global development.
In 2008, CARE launched an ambitious Market Engagement Strategy that aims to empower 10 million women and girls to transition from poverty to prosperity by 2015 by improving their ability to access and benefit from markets and employment. This report represents a first assessment of how we are doing.
CARE’s programs in Economic Development work to improve the economic security and income opportunities of the poor. Currently, CARE is implementing 74 economic development projects in 43 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. In addition, CARE maintains ties with independent microfinance institutions (MFI) that have grown out of CARE’s economic development programming.
CARE’s HIV & AIDS programming and policy advocacy has highlighted the centrality of women’s empowerment.
We know that empowering women is fundamental to ending poverty and protecting human rights and dignity. But as program implementers and advocates, we want to better understand how increasing women’s empowerment influences women’s vulnerabilities to HIV so that we can strengthen this work and scale it up. With this in mind, CARE set out on a global journey to explore this relationship between women’s empowerment and vulnerability to HIV through a multi-country, comparative research study in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
CARE recognizes the need for analysis into ways in which our HIV prevention programs affect women’s vulnerability to HIV.