CARE’s work in India

Since 1950, CARE has worked to address the underlying causes of poverty in India and support communities to build their ability to demand their own rights. We work with the poorest of the poor – children not in school and people at risk of malnutrition, affected by natural disasters and excluded from mainstream society. Our overall goal is empowering women and girls to improve their situations and be leaders in their community. In 2008, CARE became nationally registered in India, which allows CARE an even greater opportunity to work with national partners and ensure that the poor benefit from India’s new wealth. CARE India is a full member of the CARE International confederation.

Empowerment of women

We focus on the empowerment of women and girls, particularly from low caste and tribal communities. Not only are they disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination, but in a patriarchal society, they also suffer from multiple deprivations in the realisation of their rights and entitlements. In all of its programmes, CARE India works to eliminate the behaviours which perpetuate gender-based violence and gender inequality. Empowerment of women and girls is both an end in itself as well as an indispensable milestone in achieving a just and equitable society.

Emergency response and being prepared

India is one of the most disaster-prone countries in South Asia. When disaster strikes, we provide immediate emergency relief while working with the community over the long term to prepare for future disasters and reduce risks. For example, in 2013 we responded to widespread destruction caused by tropical storms in Uttarakhand and on the Odisha coast, where previous work on disaster risk reduction significantly reduced the number of casualties.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 75 years.

CARE's impact

We work in 104 countries around the world, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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