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The most popular CARE News stories of 2023

Woman in traditional dress sitting on a motorcycle

Lo Thi Phong wears a six-inch bun, the mark of a married woman in her community. She wears a special helmet so she can ride her motorbike safely. Photo: Laura Noel/CARE

Lo Thi Phong wears a six-inch bun, the mark of a married woman in her community. She wears a special helmet so she can ride her motorbike safely. Photo: Laura Noel/CARE

Stories save lives.

Stories are a basic human need.

People use them to form social connections, take agency over their lives, and to make meaning out of trauma.

Stories are motivation. People are 20 times more likely to remember facts if they’re part of a story, and they’re more likely to act if they think their actions will affect a story’s outcome.

By featuring stories from communities in crises around the world, CARE News & Stories has worked since 2019 to bring humanity to the forefront of the conversation. We’ve worked to motivate listeners, viewers, and readers to help take part in CARE’s mission to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice.

This year, more people read CARE News stories than ever before.

Over three hundred thousand people came to CARE News to find stories about humanitarian crisis response, climate resiliency, gender equity, frontline health care workers, and innovative thought leaders from around the world.

And these readers – you and others like you — took action.

You pushed for the passage of the 2023 Farm Bill, helped get direct aid to people living on less than $4 a day, and helped CARE get needed medical supplies to those in crisis.

Thank you.

Following are the stories from 2023 you liked the most. They were created by CARE’s worldwide network of writers, photographers, and filmmakers, and they helped reflect a slice of our global work.

To our readers and supporters, however you found CARE News & stories – through this website, CARE’s social channels, global media outlets, or through other supporters’ feeds and chats – thank you for helping us move a little closer to a future of hope, inclusion, and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security.

With your help, we’ll bring you even more stories – and help save even more lives – in 2024.

The motorcycle, the high bun, and the best cup of coffee in Vietnam

From left, Lo Thi Nuoi, Cam Thi Hien, and Lo Thi Hop, members of the Ara Tay Coffee Cooperative, prepare to ride their motorcycles to make deliveries around Son La, Vietnam, in May 2023. Photo: Laura Noel/CARE

In Vietnam, an ethnic Thai community demonstrates gender empowerment with a unique cultural twist. As the members of the Ara Tay Coffee Cooperative make deliveries via motorcycle, they wear helmets uniquely designed to accommodate the “high bun” hairstyle that marks a married woman.

Turkey and Syria: “The situation before the earthquake was dire, catastrophic – and now it is even more so”

Rescue workers in bright yellow coats work on a pile of rubble, man draped in blanket facing camera
Emergency team members search for people under rubble of a destroyed building in Hatay province on Tuesday, Feb. 8, following the prior day's deadly earthquake in southeastern Turkey. Photo: Grayscale Media

In the immediate aftermath of deadly earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, two CARE staff members assess the impact, while noting the issues that existed even prior to the disaster.

Hurricane Idalia: cash assistance and emergency relief for Florida communities hit by disaster

First responder stands in the middle of a flooded road, back to camera.
A first-responder in Hernando County, Florida. Photo: Feeding Tampa Bay

With wind speeds of 125 miles per hour and a storm surge of nearly ten feet, Hurricane Idalia made landfall on the Gulf Coast of Florida on Aug. 30 as a Category 3 storm. In response, CARE worked with Feeding Tampa Bay to provide up to $1,000 in cash assistance to affected families, so they could purchase items needed to weather the crisis.

Morocco earthquake: CARE’s latest updates & how to help

Partially collapsed building in sunshine.
Image of the aftermath of the Morocco earthquake. Photo: CARE France

Near midnight local time on Sept. 8, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit the Al-Haouz region of Morocco, ultimately causing nearly 3,000 deaths. CARE, which was already present in the region, immediately responded by getting emergency water, food, and medical support to survivors.

10 humanitarian crises that didn’t make headlines in 2022

Woman in purple head covering and shawl, carrying a child on her back, looks back toward the camera with a grey landscape in the background
In the rural areas of Niger, villages like Kagadam are close-knit communities where families and neighbors depend on each other to survive in the harsh dry Sahel region. Photo: Josh Estey/CARE

Over the past year, the newest iPhone received 50 times the amount of media attention than the millions of people in need of life-saving humanitarian aid in Angola, repeating a common pattern. This is why, since 2014, CARE has released an annual report on the most underreported humanitarian stories of the year.

Six months after being buried alive: “Many say that the earthquake is over, but it is not over”

Elcin, 38, was trapped in the rubble for 81 hours after the earthquake. Photo: Sarah Easter/CARE

Six months after earthquakes hit Türkiye and Syria, humanitarian needs were still enormous, and the situation for many people remained catastrophic.

Despite enormous challenges, some girls in Afghanistan are still finding ways to learn

Woman in head covering and veil stands next to a whiteboard in a classroom.
Amina (name changed) and other girls in Afghanistan wish to study beyond grade six. Photo: Nasratullah Haqpal/CARE

Access to education has always been a major challenge for all children in Afghanistan, but for girls – forbidden from formal schooling beyond grade six – it has been especially hard. Now, community-based education is bringing change for girls in Afghanistan who have never had formal education.

Five things you need to know about the 2023 Farm Bill

Smiling woman outdoors, holding a tool in front of a stack of harvested crops
In Zimbabwe, CARE and its partners work to help communities adapt to improve agricultural outcomes, even in the face of shocks and stresses. Photo: Pauline Hurungudo/CARE

The piece of legislation commonly referred to as the “Farm Bill” affects not only American agriculture but also global food security, trade, and development. For those who want to help fight global hunger and eliminate poverty worldwide, it’s crucial to understand a few key aspects of the bill.

The latest from Gaza: “something out of a horror film”

A Palestinian child displaced by the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip stands in a tent camp in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza. Photo: Grayscale Media/CARE

The blackout came on Friday, Oct 27, when landlines, cellular, and internet services were cut across Gaza, shortly after the Israeli military announced extended ground operations and airstrikes. For people in Gaza and the West Bank, the next 36 hours were harrowing.

The singing banker of Thanh Hoa

Nguyen Hai Duong, General Director of Thanh Hoa Microfinance Institution in Vietnam, has been a supporter of the Women's Economic Justice program. Photographed in his office in May 2023. Photo: Laura Noel/CARE

Nguyen Hai Duong is a unique financier, capable of seeing possibilities where others may see only numbers. Perhaps that’s why his interests are also eclectic: fermented food, strong coffee, and singing.

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