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.
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

For the Love of School

She holds her brother in her arms as they make their way to school. They pass through a bushy footpath and at times they are forced to change when heavy rains have blessed the area. Her name is Ivy Kaundama, nine years old and the first born in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Clement Kaunda a farming family. 

Ivy and her seven year old brother, Clement Junior, go to Chimatiro primary and they are both in grade one. Ivy, who is repeating grade one for the third time in a row, has not become discouraged. Despite her difficulty in moving on to grade two, Ivy continues to dream of a bright future.   Walking a distance of 4.5 kilometers, or almost 3 miles, Ivy never gives up even if it means arriving late to school and being sent back, she will still wake up with hope and give it another try the next morning. 

Although Ivy is not sure of what she wants to be in the future, her parents keep on sending her to school to join her best friend Elube and other children from the same area; old and young. The voice of Grace Motiwa, her favorite teacher, makes her school time great experience. When she hears Join My Village has provided the school with books and has built a house and a school block she keeps on hoping that the distance being walked every day, the rains and her age will not keep her from attaining an education. 

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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