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 19, 2010

Haiti Update: Jan. 18th

All four of CARE's missing staff have been located!

In Haiti, the government has encouraged migration from Port-au-Prince to reduce stress and tension in the capital, where even today, people are being rescued alive from under the rubble. The government has issued radio announcements that free bus transportation is available to people leaving Port-au-Prince. On Sunday alone, approximately 1,500 people arrived in Jeremie from Port-au-Prince. Many of them are wounded and in need of assistance by the local hospital.

Just outside of our Port-au-Prince office, hundreds – perhaps even thousands – of newly homeless people are camped out in the main square. At night, groups of people can be heard clapping and chanting. Some have hung banners, painted on bed sheets, with messages like "We need help!" in English and Creole. Many tie handkerchiefs over their faces, desperately trying to block the overwhelming stench of waste. We have arranged for a tanker truck to bring water to the square, along with a huge rubber "bladder" to store it.

Access to clean water and waste disposal remain critical issues. Mounting waste in the streets, overflowing idle garbage trucks and clogged gutters will soon lead to extensive disease. We are rapidly responding and working to resolve logistical challenges. In order to reach the largest number of people quickly, CARE in Haiti's health program coordinator, Dr. Franck Geneus, and his staff are training local volunteers in water purification through a simple method: small packets of powder are mixed with water. Each packet can purify 10 liters of water. The trained volunteers will teach others and will distribute the packets according to a careful inventory of families at sites, ensuring that we reach those most in need. We also have partnered with other organizations to meet the immediate needs of the more than 37,000 pregnant and lactating women in the disaster zone who are in desperate need of food, clean drinking water and access to health care.

The Haitian minister of the Interior estimates 250,000 people are in urgent need of assistance. In addition to the water purification packets, we will soon distribute food rations, tents, mattresses and basic hygiene kits. We are working to procure and distribute additional emergency aid, including ready-to-eat meals, tarps and plastic sheeting, blankets, mosquito nets, sleeping mats, jerry cans and kitchen kits, as quickly as possible.

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.

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.

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