CARE Crisis Response Campaign - Fighting COVID-19 - CARE

CARE Crisis Response Campaign

Support the largest global response in CARE’s history.

A group of women wearing brightly colored clothing and white face masks sort through supplies.

The same spirit that created CARE 75 years ago—people helping one another in a crisis—drives our work today. As a leading global humanitarian organization, CARE serves as a vital link between American generosity and millions of vulnerable families globally.

One year after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, your support has made the largest emergency response effort in CARE’s history possible, helping us to reach more than 30 million individuals across 69 countries to save and protect lives, build resilient communities, and innovate for the future.

 

Our Global Crisis Response by the Numbers

Clean water supplies

for 4.1 million people

Hygiene kits

containing crucial supplies like soap, hand sanitizer, masks, and sanitary napkins for 3.4 million people.

Nutritious food

for 3.3 million people who face the threat of hunger due to loss of income.

Cash or voucher assistance

enabling 774,000 people to choose what they need most and support local businesses.

Gender-based violence prevention and response

reached 2.8x million people.

Community outreach

engaging 16.7 million people in dialogue to offer COVID-19 prevention education, answer questions, and dispel rumors.

Country Highlights

69 countries. 30 million people reached directly.

A map of the world showing 69 countries where CARE is responding to COVID, largely concentrated in Africa and Southeast Asia.

 

UNITED STATES: Putting our expertise to work at home

In this moment of unparalleled need, CARE once again is tapping into the spirit of innovation that helped create the original CARE Package® 75 years ago. We have launched a new CARE Package to address urgent needs at home, marking our first foray into U.S. programming.

Across five cities, we have delivered more than 4 million meals to at-risk people in food-insecure areas and put more than $680,000 directly in the pockets of low-income workers.

MOZAMBIQUE: Combatting the hunger crisis by supporting women farmers

With a global hunger crisis looming, CARE accelerated efforts to scale up programs that have the potential to end hunger—like She Feeds the World, which gives women farmers access to the resources, skills, and confidence they need to increase production of nutritious food to sell or to feed their children.

In Mozambique, this work resulted in families being able to grow more food, respond better to crises, and save more money. Families increased the diversity of their diets and were 60% more likely to have adequate diets.

NIGER: Savings groups are leading communities through COVID-19

With 10 million members globally, we’re seeing CARE-sponsored Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) continuing to serve their primary purpose of providing unbanked women with savings and loans—and also leading their broader communities in fighting COVID-19.

In Niger and other countries across Africa, we fast-tracked a process to enable VSLA members to meet remotely via WhatsApp and SMS to ensure continued access to financial services and support. Savings groups hosted COVID-19 prevention sessions for their communities, and pooled their social funds to purchase food and hygiene supplies.

BANGLADESH: Promising social enterprise saves lives

In two rural districts in Bangladesh, where families have little access to quality health care services, CARE developed a public-private partnership to identify, train, and support a network of 410 skilled health entrepreneurs (SHEs). SHEs fill a critical need by providing frontline maternal, newborn, and child health services; family planning options; and essential health goods in remote communities.

At the outset of COVID-19, most government-provided services around maternal and child health stopped due to lockdown restrictions.

INDIA: Overcoming education barriers worsened by COVID-19

UNICEF warns that 24 million children are projected to drop out of school permanently due to COVID-19. To help those who drop out transition back into formal education more quickly, CARE is expanding our innovative Strengthening Opportunities for Adolescent Resilience (SOAR) accelerated learning program for out-of-school adolescents to gain relevant skills. SOAR provides the opportunity for never-enrolled or school dropouts (girls ages 11-14) to complete a fifth-grade education in just 11 months.

In India, SOAR has been approved by the government as a national model, with 95% of SOAR graduates approved to attend formal school.

UNITED STATES: Putting our expertise to work at home

In this moment of unparalleled need, CARE once again is tapping into the spirit of innovation that helped create the original CARE Package® 75 years ago. We have launched a new CARE Package to address urgent needs at home, marking our first foray into U.S. programming.

Across five cities, we have delivered more than 4 million meals to at-risk people in food-insecure areas and put more than $680,000 directly in the pockets of low-income workers.

MOZAMBIQUE: Combatting the hunger crisis by supporting women farmers

With a global hunger crisis looming, CARE accelerated efforts to scale up programs that have the potential to end hunger—like She Feeds the World, which gives women farmers access to the resources, skills, and confidence they need to increase production of nutritious food to sell or to feed their children.

In Mozambique, this work resulted in families being able to grow more food, respond better to crises, and save more money. Families increased the diversity of their diets and were 60% more likely to have adequate diets.

NIGER: Savings groups are leading communities through COVID-19

With 10 million members globally, we’re seeing CARE-sponsored Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) continuing to serve their primary purpose of providing unbanked women with savings and loans—and also leading their broader communities in fighting COVID-19.

In Niger and other countries across Africa, we fast-tracked a process to enable VSLA members to meet remotely via WhatsApp and SMS to ensure continued access to financial services and support. Savings groups hosted COVID-19 prevention sessions for their communities, and pooled their social funds to purchase food and hygiene supplies.

BANGLADESH: Promising social enterprise saves lives

In two rural districts in Bangladesh, where families have little access to quality health care services, CARE developed a public-private partnership to identify, train, and support a network of 410 skilled health entrepreneurs (SHEs). SHEs fill a critical need by providing frontline maternal, newborn, and child health services; family planning options; and essential health goods in remote communities.

At the outset of COVID-19, most government-provided services around maternal and child health stopped due to lockdown restrictions.

INDIA: Overcoming education barriers worsened by COVID-19

UNICEF warns that 24 million children are projected to drop out of school permanently due to COVID-19. To help those who drop out transition back into formal education more quickly, CARE is expanding our innovative Strengthening Opportunities for Adolescent Resilience (SOAR) accelerated learning program for out-of-school adolescents to gain relevant skills. SOAR provides the opportunity for never-enrolled or school dropouts (girls ages 11-14) to complete a fifth-grade education in just 11 months.

In India, SOAR has been approved by the government as a national model, with 95% of SOAR graduates approved to attend formal school.

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Join us on the Path Forward

Ensuring Fast and Fair Vaccine Delivery Worldwide

It will be a historic undertaking to make sure COVID-19 vaccines reach the most vulnerable populations—frontline health workers, women and girls, refugees, and migrants. CARE is rising to the challenge: our goal is to directly reach 60 million of the most marginalized to ensure fast and fair vaccine access. This includes ensuring that more than 275,000 health care providers and frontline workers, nearly 70% of whom are women and often overlooked, are vaccinated. We will reach an additional 40 million through our education campaign to overcome vaccine hesitation—combating mistrust and misinformation in communities where stigma exists.

We have begun working with our country offices to realize the vision behind CARE’s Vaccine Initiative—looking at everything from upgrading digital support for health workers and health systems to providing training on infection prevention and control, as well as advocating to influence policy at all levels to achieve equitable vaccine availability and distribution for all.

A young man wearing a blue facemask and gloves and an orange CARE t-shirt carries a cardboard box of supplies. A man wearing a blue facemask and holding a walking stick stands by.

Expanding Our U.S. Crisis Response

In the face of growing poverty and inequality in the U.S., CARE will continue to expand our work, bringing the best of what we’ve learned around the world to fight poverty and injustice at home. Over the next three years, our goal is to sustainably reduce poverty with proven programming—starting with CARE Package Relief and Community Savings & Loan Associations, which we will expand to key cities to foster more savings and reduce dependence on harmful payday loans. Our vision is to create a U.S.-based micro-savings model that can be scaled and replicated by other organizations in any targeted community where the need is great. As in all of CARE’s work, we will apply a strong social justice lens and focus on historically marginalized groups with an emphasis on Black, indigenous, and other women of color who are one financial shock away from slipping into deep poverty.

We Cannot Do This Without You

The global COVID-19 pandemic represents an all-hands-on-deck moment for humanity. CARE is determined to ensure that the world’s most vulnerable people are not forgotten in prevention, vaccination, and economic recovery efforts. We cannot do this without you—please join CARE now in fighting alongside women and girls to build back a stronger, more equitable future for all.