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 2, 2007

One year report on CARE’s Response to the Java Earthquake

The earthquake that hit Indonesia’s Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces on May 26, 2006 lasted only a few minutes, but the resulting damage is still visible more than one year later. In total, an estimated 2.7 million people were affected, including 6,000 who were killed and 37,000 who were injured. Furthermore, more than 150,000 homes were completely destroyed and 260,000 were damaged. This damage, combined with the widespread loss of business assets, placed the earthquake among the most costly natural disasters in the developing world in the last 10 years. The extent of destruction was influenced by the area’s extremely high population density (there are approximately 4.5 million people living in the six most-affected districts).

Within 48 hours, CARE was on the ground assessing the needs of poor people living in the hard-hit rural villages surrounding the major city of Yogyakarta. As in all of our programming, we focused on reaching the worst-affected and least-served members of the population, which in this case included families in the Klaten district. Our relief activities centered on meeting residents’ most pressing needs, such as access to clean water, food, basic supplies and health care. Once the emergency phase of the disaster was over, CARE began helping families achieve important steps towards long-term recovery, such as rebuilding homes and improving family health.

In total, CARE’s emergency response mobilized nearly $3.2 million from generous public and private donors around the world, including donors like you, who gave to CARE’s Java Earthquake Response Fund. With this support, we not only launched a rapid and strategic emergency response, but have also continued to help affected families build back their lives over the past year. This report describes CARE’s emergency and rehabilitation work in Klaten district from May 2006 through May 2007.


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May 15, 2007

Situation Report for Bolivia

As of March 5, 2007, CARE plans to 1. Provide tools and temporary income (cash for work) to affected familias in the Potosí Dept. 5,000 beneficiaries

2. Provide boat, outboard motor and fuel to transport supplies and help with assessment activites in the Beni Dept. 50,000 beneficiaries

-Health issues such as outbreaks of infectious disease including: malaria, leptosporosis, dengue, and yellow fever could very quickly reach epidemic proportions. -While the government is making every effort to respond to the emergency with a coordinated response, coordination at a national level remains weak and requires support although is improving; -Additional international assistance is needed to meet the rising needs of families and individuals affected and should be channeled through NGOs as well as the UN to ensure effective response. -The prognosis for extended rains continue for at least another month in Santa Cruz and several weeks in the rest of the country -Additional food supplies are required, as well as, shelter and long term recovery mechanisms. -Assessment in the isolated department of Beni has not been completed and is hampered by rainfall and lack of access plus limited presence of NGOs although the Civil Defense and the Red Cross are placing the majority of their attention in this area. -The long term effects have not been identified adequately but certainly speak to risk mitigation measures, capacity building requirements for emergency prevention and response and coordination. -Central highland areas such as Chuquisaca (classified as fourth in extent of damage to date) and Potosi (fifth) are not receiving attention and support at this time in adequate levels and due to their increased vulnerability as a result of higher levels of poverty than either Beni or Sta. Cruz populations will be most likely to suffer longer term and graver implications. CARE is well placed to address these issues IF there is additional funding. -Pando will most likely be affected in the next week or so, and CARE should be prepared to respond with water and sanitation support, perhaps tents, as well as shelter support efforts.

Jan 23, 2007

Tsunami Two Year Report

The coastline of Indonesia was closest to the epicenter of the earthquake that triggered the 2004 tsunami. Of the approximately 230,000 people killed, more than half were in Indonesia. Working in Indonesia since 1967, CARE has helped more than 350,000 people gain access to clean water, distributed more than 1 million bottles of water purifying solution, distributed 700,000 food rations and provided essential nutrition and other health services to thousands of women and children.

CARE continues to work to restore livelihoods and rebuild quality homes. In a survey of 35 organizations working in Aceh5, CARE’s houses were recognized as being “above and beyond” the building code in terms of construction quality, and our reconstruction work and community planning activities have been cited as the best in Aceh in terms of accountability to our project participants. CARE has employed 2,000 construction workers in our shelter program and more than 96 percent of our total target of 1,835 permanent houses is now underway (either under construction or completed) Other livelihood activities include the establishment and training of 255 community groups to set up small businesses such as food stalls, coffee shops, furniture manufacturing and repair, motorcycle service, welding, salt farming, tailoring, barber shops and electronics.

In partnership with the Department of Agriculture, CARE is training thousands of farmers and providing highquality seed and advice on market access. CARE is also helping local communities to rehabilitate mangroves destroyed by the tsunami, thus restoring critical habitat for juvenile fish – the basis for fishing livelihoods. We have trained hundreds of health workers on maternal and child health. Each month, more than a thousand women are equipped with information about breastfeeding and nutrition, and approximately 2,500 are screened for malnutrition and provided with supplements. We have rebuilt four community health centers and continue to improve health clinics in 25 villages. Activities to help women and children heal emotionally include sewing trainings, handicrafts, dancing and arts.

Please read the complete report below for more information on CARE's tsunami response in Indonesia and other affected countries.


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