By Ashby Brown | Director of Corporate Partnerships
As the world’s crises grow more complicated, CARE’s humanitarian response has to adapt to ensure that we reach the people who need help the most. Speed and flexibility are the key not only to saving more lives, but also to laying the groundwork for long-term transformational change. Our Humanitarian Surge Fund is the most valuable tool we have to reach the most vulnerable communities and under-reported emergencies.
Your support the Surge Fund, makes it possible for CARE to be among the first on the ground after a natural disaster and ensure that the needs of women and girls are at the center of any humanitarian response. You also allow us to work with local communities and governments in disaster-prone areas to prepare for and mitigate risks. And you help fund crucial research and innovation that has put CARE at the forefront of reinventing emergency response.
An example of CARE's work in action:
Afghanistan – Flooding/food aid: After decades of conflict and the abrupt transition of power in 2021, Afghanistan has largely fallen out of the headlines in U.S. media, even as the humanitarian situation has grown significantly worse. An estimated 24.4 million people are in need, with 19.7 million people facing crisis levels of food insecurity between June and November 2022. Making matters worse, Afghanistan experienced multiple natural disasters in the first six months of 2022, including harsh winter conditions, two high-magnitude earthquakes and heavy flash floods. Circumstances are particularly dire for Afghan women and girls, who have limited or no access to basic services such as healthcare or education. CARE’s Humanitarian Surge Fund helps us reach thousands of vulnerable families with emergency cash and cash-for-work or cash-for-food programs that allow people to meet their basic needs with dignity and avoid harmful coping mechanis
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