South Africa

Country Info

CARE has operated in South Africa since 1993 and Lesotho since 1968; the two offices merged in 2001. Despite the range of differences between these two countries, South Africa and Lesotho share many of the same causes and manifestations of poverty and inequality. In both contexts, high rates of HIV and AIDS and a lack of access to basic health care and education perpetuate cycles of underdevelopment. Youth and women disproportionately share the burden of disease, and lack food, education and livelihoods.

CARE works with communities and local organizations within South Africa and Lesotho to implement programs in the areas of health care and HIV & AIDS, economic empowerment, democratic governance and food security.

Our Work in South Africa

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  


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

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Latest News from South Africa

CARE Mourns the Passing of Nelson Mandela

Our Vision

We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.


Empowering Girls in the 21st Century

In a continuously shifting 21 st century climate, with burgeoning youth demographics, changing geopolitical and local dynamics – how can we advance youth and children's rights to empowerment...

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CARE Mourns the Passing of Nelson Mandela

"One can rarely say with absolute confidence that an individual altered the course of human history. Yet without a doubt, Nelson Mandela changed his nation - and our entire world - for the better. He inspired millions to rise above intolerance, push back against injustice, and strive for dignity and equality for all humankind. His passing will certainly be mourned, but his life and legacy will be celebrated and emulated for generations to come."

- Helene D. Gayle, President & CEO, CARE USA


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South Africa and Lesotho Fact Sheet 2010

Donate to CARE This Holiday Season

CARE 2012 Annual Report Facts & Figures

Learning Tours

Child Marriage: Questions and Answers

Program Brief | CARE’s Commitment to Ending Gender-Based Violence

These Are Our Sisters

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.

It doesn't have to be this way. Women and men...

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Child Poverty