CARE is a leading relief and development non-governmental organization fighting global poverty. Non-political and non-sectarian, we operate each year in more than 70 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, reaching almost 60 million people in poor communities.
CARE helps tackle underlying causes of poverty so that people can become self-sufficient. CARE is often one of the first to deliver emergency aid to survivors of natural disasters and war and, once the immediate crisis is over, we help people rebuild their lives. While CARE is a large international organisation with 12,000 employees worldwide, we have a strong local presence: 97% of our staff are nationals of the countries where our programmes are run.
All of CARE International’s member organizations share a common vision to fight against worldwide poverty and to protect and enhance human dignity:
"We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security. CARE will be a global force and partner of choice within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. We will be known everywhere for our unshakeable commitment to the dignity of people."
In this context, emergency relief is an important part of CARE’s mandate since natural and manmade disasters can drive otherwise self-sustaining populations into poverty and can often eradicate years of development work. CARE pays particular attention to the marginalized members of society and those least able to defend themselves, especially women and children.
CARE's 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 promote lasting change by:
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.
We hold ourselves accountable for being consistent with these principles, and ask others to help us do so, not only in our programming, but in all that we do.
For more information visit the CARE International website.