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.
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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Jan 23, 2007

Tsunami Two Year Report

The tsunami battered the southeast coast of India, killing some 10,000 people and ravaging the lives of 2.5 million survivors. CARE, which has worked in India since 1950, is helping some 100,000 people in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands rebuild their lives. We are reaching the most socially and economically marginalized communities (including households headed by women and the lower caste groups) and ensuring their participation in the rehabilitation process. In fact, CARE was cited in a major impact study of nongovernmental organizations commissioned by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, in his capacity as UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, for our efforts to examine the processes of social exclusion and discrimination in the tsunami recovery process in India. CARE was the first international organization to initiate this “social equity audit.”

Our efforts are meeting a variety of needs, including shelter, income opportunities, clean water and trauma counseling. We have improved access to clean water and sanitation conditions for some 20,000 families by repairing or constructing latrines and showers, desalinating wells, installing pumps and new water systems, and forming community committees to manage these improvements. We built more than 500 transitional shelters and are mid-way through construction of 2,000 permanent disaster-resistant homes. CARE is ensuring that the new communities are equipped with electricity, drainage systems, roads, parks, health clinics, schools and community centers. CARE also carried out an extensive training program that equipped 3,000 people – including teachers, village health workers and other community members – with the skills to provide counseling to traumatized survivors. To help people get back to work, CARE provided skills training and supplies (such as boats, seeds, agricultural tools, sewing machines, etc.) benefiting some 23,000 people (44 percent women). CARE is also establishing a livelihood advancement center to offer trainings in boat repair, mechanics, seafood production and masonry.

Other initiatives include partnering with financial institutions to provide insurance to 5,500 coastal families. In terms of environmental restoration, CARE is promoting forest replanting, desalination of land and wells, and the development of an eco-friendly vehicle to be used by youth to earn an income in place of traditional rickshaws. CARE is partnering with the government on a disaster risk reduction program, which entails organizing disaster drills, stocking emergency rescue and floating kits, training for community members on disaster response, and developing contingency and mitigation plans.

As one of the few international agencies working in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, CARE is leading discussions there around village-level disaster management planning and exploring alternative solutions such as disaster-proof communications systems and using angawadi centers and schools as evacuation centers. To help restore education services, CARE provided 1,000 benches and desks and constructed platforms where classes and play activities are being conducted for 15,000 children. Given that the livelihoods of more than one-third of the population living on these islands were affected by the tsunami – primarily fishermen – CARE is forming fishing cooperatives, replacing boats and training 1,500 unemployed youth in trades such as plumbing, tailoring and carpentry.

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


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Jan 23, 2007

Tsunami Two Year Report

The tsunami devastated eastern and southern coasts of Sri Lanka, killing at least 30,000 people and displacing more than half a million people. At least 100,000 homes were either partially or completely destroyed. Working in Sri Lanka since 1956, CARE’s tsunami recovery efforts are focused on the districts of Ampara, Batticaloa, Galle, Jaffna, Hambantota, Mullaitivu and Trincomalee, where we are helping some 160,000 people put their lives back together.

With the involvement of affected and neighboring communities, we built more than 1,700 high-quality transitional shelters that included water and sanitation facilities for some 7,700 people; some of those shelters were ready to be lived in one month after the tsunami. We distributed food and essential relief items to 32,000 families in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. Our efforts to provide clean water and proper latrines for 24,000 families have helped prevent disease and keep people healthy. With our continued support in the form of trainings, tools and equipment, and cash-for-work programs, some 11,000 families – including farmers, fishermen and small traders – have started to earn an income again.

Of the 1,330 houses CARE plans to rebuild, 361 have been completed and 665 are on hold due to ongoing conflict9 affecting Jaffna, Batticoloa, Trincolmalee and Killinochi/Mullaitivu, where all but lifesaving activities have been suspended due to security risks. While continuing to support the financial recovery of tsunami-affected families, CARE is also promoting their emotional recovery. More than 5,000 students, 4,500 parents and 200 teachers have benefited from CARE’s psychosocial program in schools.

To promote long-lasting change, CARE and other organizations have advocated for land and other legal rights for women, and set up a women’s coalition for disaster management and women’s action groups that empower women living in temporary camps to prevent and report violence. CARE also continues to advocate for a peaceful resolution to the current conflict, which is displacing and severely disrupting the lives of thousands of civilians.

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


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