CARE

Our mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Drawing strength from our global diversity, resources and experience, we promote innovative solutions and are advocates for global responsibility. We facilitate lasting change by: Strengthening capacity for self-help Providing economic opportunity Delivering relief in emergencies Influencing policy decisions at all levels Addressing discrimination in all its forms Guided by the aspirations of local communities, we pursue our mission with both excellence and compassion because the people whom we serve deserve nothing less.
May 15, 2015

UPDATE - May 15, 2015

Mingwa Lama - 2015 PRASHANTH VISHWANATHAN/CARE
Mingwa Lama - 2015 PRASHANTH VISHWANATHAN/CARE

Thank you for your commitment to CARE following the Nepal earthquake. What follows below is the latest on our response:

After a second big earthquake hit 47 miles northeast of Kathmandu on Tuesday, the situation is even worse than before in Nepal. In Sindhupalchowk, an area which was already badly affected by the first earthquake, the remaining structures still standing after the first earthquake have now also been destroyed. In total, more than 8,000 people have now died, thousands have been injured and about 700,000 houses have been either destroyed or damaged. According to UN OCHA, over 8 million people have been impacted by the earthquake, and over 3 million are in need of food assistance.

Food, clothing, bedding and household items lay buried under ruins of people’s houses. People urgently need clean water, emergency shelters, medical and psychosocial assistance. Extensive damage has been apparent in Kathmandu valley but the situation in remote areas is of particular concern. In some areas of Gorkha and Sindhupalchowk, over 80 percent of houses have been destroyed or severely damaged. Remote areas are particularly vulnerable and difficult to access. Even during non-disaster conditions travel is challenging, but now roads are completely inaccessible due to severe cracks and debris and landslides. Most of these areas are accessible by helicopter only. With thunderstorms occurring, helicopters are having difficulty flying with the cloud cover in the mountains. Aid workers are also walking for hours to try and reach some villages.

 

How is CARE responding?

  • Relief efforts started immediately after the earthquake hit Nepal. CARE has deployed emergency staff from around the world to join 150 CARE Nepal local staff to scale up the emergency response. CARE has already supported more than 13,000 people with emergency supplies such as clean water, food, shelter, reproductive health and hygiene kits.
  • CARE will focus on areas outside of Kathmandu, as some villages in these areas have been completely flattened and are only accessible by helicopter and relief workers are walking for hours to try and access people who are in desperate need of help. In Gorkha, a rural area near the epicenter of the earthquake, where over 80 percent of the homes have been damaged or destroyed, CARE distributes shelter and hygiene kits that include some items specific for women like diapers for the babies and sanitary napkins, as well as soap, toothbrushes and towels.
  • Women/girls are always the most vulnerable when disaster strike, facing gender-based violence, psychosocial difficulties, malnutrition, etc. CARE is particularly concerned about the 14,000 women who are expected to give birth in Nepal over the next month. An estimated 2,000 of them are at risk of experiencing complications that require emergency obstetric care. CARE is distributing reproductive health kits to villages in Gorkha that include safe birthing kits, essential medicines and supplies for birthing attendants to handle medical complications in delivery. In total, CARE has reached nearly 8.000 vulnerable people in Gorkha so far. 
  • In Sindhupalchowk CARE airlifted food to remote areas.
  • In the Lamjung district, CARE distributed food, hygiene kits and emergency shelter to over 1,200 people and reached more than 4,200 in Kathmandu Valley with food, sleeping mats and clean water. In Dhading, CARE could so far support more than 650 people with shelter.
  • Over the next month CARE plans to distribute weather resistant emergency shelter to 30,000 people in preparation for the monsoon rains.
  • To help meet the specific needs of pregnant women, new mothers and children, CARE is distributing water purification to provide clean water, particularly for pregnant women and children who are susceptible to water-borne illness such as diarrhea. CARE is also distributing family kits and hygiene kits that include blankets to keep children and infants warm, diapers for newborns, and basic hygiene kits that include soap and sanitary napkins and underwear for women.
  • We know from previous disasters that this will be a long-term response, to help the people of Nepal survive the initial disaster, but also to rebuild their homes, infrastructure and lives. As the response evolves, CARE transitions to providing more durable solutions, allowing families to build back safer homes and reduce their vulnerability to natural disasters. We will provide technical support, to help them make changes to the way they build, so their homes are more resilient when the next earthquake strikes. And where necessary, we will provide livelihood support or cash vouchers to help accelerate their own rebuilding process. 

 

CARE has worked in Nepal since 1978, in areas including food Security, HIV/AIDS, health, education, water and sanitation, and the empowerment of women and girls. CARE is very familiar with the regions affected by the earthquake and implements projects in the western and central region.

Jul 11, 2014

Typhoon Haiyan: 6 Month Report on the Philippines

Easing survivors’ double burden key to sustaining Haiyan recovery

May 6, 2014

Six months after super typhoon Haiyan slammed the central Philippines, humanitarian organization CARE is concerned that survivors continue to confront serious struggles, especially in the interrelated areas of shelter and livelihood.

“Some good strides have been made in the transition from an emergency to early recovery phase. Still, too many families in the worst-hit areas continue to live in makeshift shelters, while many of those who have started to rebuild or repair their damaged houses have yet to complete their homes”, says Lex Kassenberg, country director of CARE Philippines.

An estimated 2 million people are still without durable shelter and remain at risk, especially in light of the next typhoon season coming next month.

On Haiyan’s six month mark, CARE is ready to expand its shelter program by providing additional cash assistance to the most vulnerable of its earlier beneficiaries to allow them to complete their shelters by buying materials they still lack like lumber to finish their walling.

CARE has responded actively to the great shelter needs, initially providing emergency shelter materials such as tarpaulins and other non-food items during the first crucial months following the disaster.

In January 2014, CARE moved to distributing shelter repair kit materials to the most vulnerable households in remote areas in Leyte and Panay, reaching 12,255 households or 55,307 people. 

CARE’s shelter intervention has provided survivors with the support to start rebuilding their homes. Through the shelter repair kit composed of building materials such as corrugated sheets, specialized nails, hammer, aluminium screen and other items coupled with a cash assistance of USD 68, beneficiaries were able to construct their homes’ foundation and roofing consistent with building back safer techniques.

The last three months, however, saw affected households grapple with the double burden of rebuilding their homes mostly from scratch and restoring their livelihoods at the same time, inevitably dividing their focus and even draining their energy.

In order to ease the twin burdens of the survivors, CARE will gear up its efforts in the recently launched early livelihood recovery programs during the weeks and months ahead.

CARE is targeting 25,000 household beneficiaries across Leyte, Samar and Panay with cash transfers of USD 68. The cash grant will allow beneficiaries to restore their livelihoods destroyed by Haiyan, or venture into new income-generating activities.

“Simultaneously working on shelter and livelihood programs will help CARE strengthen and sustain the recovery process of our beneficiaries”, says Kassenberg.

From its food distribution during the emergency phase to its shelter and livelihood programs, CARE has so far reached more than 300,000 beneficiaries in almost 65,000 households across Leyte, Samar and Panay, surpassing its initial target of 200,000 beneficiaries.

CARE is committed to the Haiyan response in the months and years to come to help rebuild lives. 

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Apr 23, 2014

Results Thanks to Your Gift

We had the opportunity to work closely with girls of the Udaan school in Mewat and the impact that JMV made there in the past year was on evident display at the community seminar held in May. Though the community there is strongly patriarchal and conservative, they broke the social norms for a day to see their little girls, studying at Udaan, showcase their learnings on the school campus.

Another inspiring story that I came across was of Chanchal Srivastava, a KGBV student in Mehsi block of Bahraich. This class 7 student lost her father at a young age and her eldest sister took it upon herself to educate her 3 younger sisters. All four sisters not only continue their education but also take care of the family land in their village.

Just like Chanchal and her sisters, the girls of the Ekta adolescent groups too act as role models for others in the community. The group, whose members I met this summer, is made up of a unique mix of girls. Together these girls not only stopped child marriages in their own and other villages, they also ensured that girls remained in school and did not drop out. Almost all the girls, despite their tender age, had started contributing to their family’s welfare in some way or another, be it by serving as a singing star in a local village musical troupe or filling in for a priest at a wedding. 

As India was deeply shaken by  some high profile cases of violence against women this year, JMV played its own role in addressing issues of gender equity . While interacting with male JMV participants I came across Manoj and Raju. Both men, in their 30s, did not shy away from admitting publicly that they were actively involved in taking care of their children and helping their spouses as well as their parents. Talking to them made me realise that change is a personal choice and has nothing to do with rural or urban upbringing/lifestyle.

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