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.
Apr 23, 2014

The Difference Freedom Makes

Freedom or lack of decides the direction your life will take. Saifunisa and her elder sister Hadinusha are a proof of this. Both the sisters, along with their five brothers, live with their parents in Batehra village of Shravasti. Still in their teens, the girls’ lives are a study in extreme contrasts. I met them at the monthly meeting of the Ekta adolescent group—one of the groups in which JMV implements its Girls’ Leadership Program.
Saifunisa has been with JMV since it came to her village a year ago. She attends all the meetings and brings in other girls from her neighbourhood as well. Saifunisa, or Saifu as she is called by friends, is studying in class 10 at a nearby college and, in the last few months, has started teaching at a school that her father started.
Her confidence—a trademark of all of the young women who participate in JMV’s adolescent girls groups—was evident. Saifu greeted me with a handshake and introduced herself. 
“We have been having meetings at the village for over a year. I have seen the change in myself and the other girls. They are so much more confident now,” she tells me. 
Saifu wants to complete her graduation and work as a teacher. “Teaching at my father’s school is sort of a practice for me. It keeps me abreast with my course.”
I was stunned to find out that while her younger brothers were all studying, her elder sister never went to school. In fact she was married off at a young age.
Surprised, I wanted to know more about her sister but Saifunisa had to go back to school to teach.
Within five minutes of her leaving, another girl came to the meeting with her friend. She was peeping from behind the door and seemed unsure whether to enter or not.  The shy girl was Saifu’s sister Hadinusha, who had overheard Saifu tell her mother that someone had come to meet the girls. 
Hadinusha had gone through unimaginable trauma. A child bride, she became a teen mother when due to her young age and improper care, she lost her son a few months after he was born. The young mother was trying to come to terms with her loss, when her in-laws decided she was of no use to them and dumped her back at her parents’ home.
Hadinusha spends her day taking care of her parents and siblings. The only time she leaves home is to buy groceries. The school her father owns runs out of her home but she has never set foot in it. She doesn’t even know the letters of the alphabet.
Doesn’t she feel left out when she sees Saifunisa go to school to study and then teach other kids? 
“Education was not an option for me. How can I regret something I never knew? The only thing I miss is the fact that she can talk to city people like you more confidently and I can’t,” said Hadinusha.
“I knew about the JMV meetings and Saifu used to attend them but I felt ashamed coming here since the girls here are all studying and much younger than me. Today I convinced my friend to come along because I really wanted to see what goes on here,” she says.
“I didn’t know we could sing here and dance too. These girls have also performed a play as I found out today.” 
So will she now come to the meetings with Saifu? “Not really. I’ll never have the kind of freedom she has to move around. My father will never agree to it,” she said.
“How come Saifu has the freedom to come here and you don’t?” I asked her.
“Saifu is stronger I guess. She can fight for what she wants, I can’t,” she whispers. She stares at the ground when I ask her why.
When I ask her if I can take her photos, Hadinusha refuses. I show her Saifu’s photos and her reply is, “Oh she can get her photos clicked. If I do the same, I will never be allowed out of home again. I am married you know.” 
I didn’t want to force her so I let it be. 
One sister took her freedom and soared, the other remains caged by social pressure.
Feb 11, 2014

Uniforms Help Girls Clear Hurdles

Alinafe Kayuwe has been an outstanding student throughout the year in her performance at Santhe secondary school. Her school reports reached CARE’s JMV offices in Kasungu and have shown that she is always in top 5 students of her class!! Alinafe received school uniforms and a school bag from JMV that includes writing materials and also sanitary pads – basic yet critical supplies that help girls remain in school.

“I owe this to Join My Village because they have supported me with all the necessary materials thus taking away my stress and concentrate on my studies, explains the young woman. Alinafe further says that if others can make it to the university then she could too.

Thank you for supporting Alinafe - and girls like her - by providing them with simple supplies that will help them accomplish big dreams.  

Feb 11, 2014

Typhoon Haiyan: CARE's Progress in the Philippines

Immediately after the typhoon, CARE and our local partners responded with emergency relief to reach affected communities.

 Meanwhile, our supporters also responded. CARE   has raised over $20 million (USD) from private and institutional donors towards our emergency response and recovery efforts.

 Thanks to your generous support, CARE is now working with partners to deliver emergency relief in three areas of the Philippines: Leyte (20,000 households), Samar (10,000 households) and Panay (10,000 households).

 CARE's emergency response is focused on providing lifesaving food, shelter and Livelihood assistance, helping communities recover in the months and years to come. Overall, our relief operations are expected to reach 250,000 people.

 Since the storm first hit, CARE has reached more than 200,000 people. This includes:

185,000 people with food relief plus an additional 3,700 people with cash transfers to purchase food and CARE and our partners have delivered more than 1,115 metric tons of food.

36,000 people with emergency shelter supplies including tarpaulins, tools and kitchen sets.  Tarps distributed by CARE would cover the equivalent of 4,040 basketball courts - one of the most popular sports in the Philippines.

3,800 people with high quality shelter repair kits including  corrugated  metal  sheets, tools, specialized nails and other  items; an additional cash supplement for extra costs; and training on building back safer techniques

A long term approach

As Local markets open and food is more available in the communities, CARE will look to scale back our food distribution activities and shift our focus to livelihood support. The goal is to help people meet their own food needs and earn additional income in the months ahead.

The typhoon was devastating for Local Livelihoods.  Some 5.9 million workers in nine regions were affected, with their sources of income destroyed or disrupted. Of these, 2.6 million people have been identified as most vulnerable.

For example, the destruction of the coconut trees will have a serious impact on associated Livelihoods in the industry. More than 33 million of these trees were damaged or destroyed. It generally takes six to nine years for new coconut trees to become productive again.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Typhoon Haiyan also destroyed one third of the Philippines' rice growing areas- an important source of livelihoods and a staple food for the local community.

As many locals say, “It was Yolanda that took our harvest this year."

Working closely with our local partners, in the coming weeks CARE will begin assisting vulnerable families with financial support to restore such Livelihoods as vegetable farming, rice production, fishing and other income-generating activities. The goal of this programming will be to help families meet their basic needs, while earning additional income.

On behalf of the incredible, resilient people of the Philippines, thank you so much for your generous support of CARE’s relief efforts. 


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