CARE International is a global confederation of 14 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.
Founded in America in 1945 after World War II, CARE was first known as the “Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe.” CARE first sent food aid and basic supplies in the form of CARE Packages to war-torn Europe – where millions were in danger of starvation and these goods were either heavily rationed or impossible to find. Some 100 million CARE packages reached people in need during the next two decades, first in Europe and later in Asia and other parts of the developing world. Britain received its last CARE packages in 1955. By then, CARE was working in 18 countries across the globe. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the economies of the former wartime nations developed and improved and the focus of CARE's work shifted from Europe to the problems of the developing world.
Initially CARE continued to focus on food aid, but in the 1960s we expanded our remit - pioneering primary health care programs. In the 1970s, we responded to massive famines in Africa with both emergency relief and long-term agro-forestry projects, integrating environmentally-sound tree- and land-management practices with farming programs.
CARE International UK was founded in 1985 as part of CARE International.
Today, with our name now standing for “Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere,” our 13,000-strong staff worldwide - most of whom are citizens of the countries where we work - help strengthen communities through programmes that create lasting solutions to root causes of poverty.
For more information or to contact us, please visit the CARE International UK website.
CARE is pleased to be participating in the Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London from June 10-13. The summit brings together leaders from around the world to commit to ending sexual violence in conflict. The summit comes at a key moment in international efforts to end sexual violence in conflict, including commitments made under UNSCR 1325, 1820 and their successor resolutions, and the UN Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.
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.