Q: What is CARE doing today with regard to humanitarian aid that will make families and communities more resilient tomorrow?
A: CARE’s core values — Transformation, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence and Equality — form the foundation of our approach to humanitarian work. Our programming in response to disaster and crises is grounded in areas that reflect these values, and that in turn will help make families and communities more resilient tomorrow. This programming includes:
• A focus on women and girls.
• Gender programming in emergencies.
• Engaging whole communities in preparedness and response.
• Forming innovative relationships with novel partners, and exploring and seizing opportunities for new possibilities in preparedness and response mechanisms.
Q: Tell us about an example in which families and communities today continue benefiting from the humanitarian aid they received in the past?
A: In countries like Somalia and Niger, CARE has a long-established presence in vulnerable communities that lack access to some of the most basic social interventions that build stable communities. Recognizing the role that women’s financial inclusion plays in strengthening communities, CARE worked with local women to establish Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), which have grown through the years and spread to new communities. In Somalia, a group created under a USAID-funded resilience program has become the largest savings group in its district and is composed of members from a diverse array of business backgrounds, including trade, handicrafts and agriculture. VSLAs such as this one are able to utilize their.
group network even after the project ends in order to establish new joint ventures, and that in turn helps many cope with ongoing droughts in Somalia.
Q: What role do disaster-affected families play in CARE’s delivery of humanitarian aid?
A: CARE fully integrates disaster- affected families into the design and delivery of humanitarian aid. We utilize needs assessments, evaluations and feedback mechanisms in order to learn directly from vulnerable communities what they need most, and tailor programming accordingly. When possible, we involve communities,
families and individuals in program delivery, ensuring our programming helps communities build back stronger, while increasing their capacity to withstand future stresses. In Syria, in response to feedback from communities, CARE and our partners use a variety of aid modalities to better meet the needs of our target populations, including relief items such as hygiene kits, vouchers for services such as agriculture assistance, and vouchers of a monetary value that allow families the flexibility to choose their desired supplies to tailor our assistance to best meet their needs.