CARE staff warns the outbreak will have a lasting negative impact on vulnerable communities
CARE is one of the world's largest private international humanitarian organizations, committed to helping families in poor communities improve their lives and achieve lasting victories over poverty. The organization was founded in 1945, when 22 American organizations came together to rush lifesaving CARE Packages® to survivors of World War II. CARE quickly became a trusted vehicle for the compassion and generosity of millions. Originally located in New York City, we moved our headquarters to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1993. We are located at 151 Ellis Street, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-2440 USA.
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CARE: Celebrating 20 Years in Atlanta
In October 1993, the global poverty-fighting organization CARE moved its headquarters to Atlanta. Twenty years later, we held a celebration marking the special anniversary.
We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.
Where are you originally from?
I am from Buffalo, New York.
What is your professional background?
I am a physician trained in pediatrics and public health. Before coming to CARE, I worked at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) for many years and then the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
How long have you worked with CARE and what is your current job title?
I’ve been at CARE since 2006. I am the President and CEO.
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.
Helene Gayle, 58, is the president and CEO of CARE USA, an international humanitarian organization. She also has worked for the Centers for Disease Control and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and she served as chair of the Obama administration’s Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Forbes Magazine recently named her the 68th-most-powerful woman in the world.