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Our Impact

A woman smiles while holding a young girl in her arms. They stand in an alleyway between two bright teal homes.
CARE / Jorja Currington

In 2019, CARE worked in 100 countries around the world and reached 68.7 million people directly through more than 1,000 projects and initiatives.

70.8 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes. The human consequences of these crises are devastating. Families struggle to find shelter, to get enough to eat, and to find safe places to rebuild their lives. One in five women in crisis has experienced sexual assault.

On average, humanitarian crises are more complex than at any time in the last 15 years, and last nearly three years longer than they used to. Conflict, migration, and climate change are the key trends driving these crises — with 8 of the worst food crises in the world linked to conflict and climate change. And so far, we have only raised 54% of the money we would need to help all of the people in crisis.

These trends to longer, more complicated crises have a huge impact on our ability to support the people in need.

We need to think about funding over the long term, and not just to fill immediate gaps. We need to think about ways to prepare people and communities to cope with shocks and respond to emergencies themselves. We need to strengthen local institutions that can respond to people on the ground. And we need to find ways to address trends like climate change and conflict that make the situation worse.

Disaster Response

Cyclone Idai (Mozambique)

Victoria nearly lost her life when Cyclone Idai devastated Mozambique. She survived by tying herself to a tree, where she waited for rescue for two days without food or water. Now she’s trying to rebuild the home and life the storm washed away. CARE has been on the ground since Idai hit, providing food, clean water, and shelter to cyclone survivors.

Read Victoria's story

Food & Nutrition

Maman Lumière (Niger)

CARE’s Maman Lumière (“Mother of Light”) program in the Sahel region of West Africa prevents malnutrition in children in the early stages of development, before permanent damage is done. Through the program, CARE trains healthy mothers to become community mentors and teaches cooking classes to introduce nutritious ingredients into an otherwise low-nutrient diet.

Learn more about our Food & Nutrition work

Health

Manju (India)

With no access to ambulance service, and the winter roads nearly impassable, Manju gave birth to her third child on the side of the road in India. Manju knew that she never wanted any other woman to go through the trauma that she experienced. CARE—alongside our partners—has been working to improve maternal, newborn, and child health in Bihar. As a program ambassador, Manju became an accredited social health activist and now works to connect disadvantaged communities to Bihar’s revitalized health system.

Read Manju's story

Education & Work

Mikre (Ethiopia)

At age 12, Mikre was married against her will to a man twice her age. After three days, she ran away, refusing to come home until her mother allowed her to go back to school. Her mother relented. Mikre joined a CARE program that teaches students about saving money, the importance of education, and the dangers of early marriage. Thankfully, Mikre was able to stop her younger sister’s arranged marriage, and today Mikre is the head of her household, running multiple businesses and studying to become a doctor.

Read Mikre's story