International development isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do, too. When we help the most vulnerable around the world, we increase our own national security back home. CARE has been doing the “right” thing for a long time: We were founded in 1945 to deliver humanitarian aid — the original CARE Package© — to Europeans on the brink of starvation after World War II. We still deliver lifesaving aid today in communities around the world — serving refugees and other displaced people from Syria to east Africa to Yemen, Haiti, Sierra Leone and beyond. As we did more than 70 years ago, we still deliver food aid and emergency
supplies, but we also help families in extraordinary situations access clean water and sanitation facilities, health care, drought-resistant seeds and farming techniques that not only help feed families and communities in the short term, but also build their resilience to withstand future emergencies. Most of our efforts seek lasting transformation in the world’s poorest communities, focusing on empowering women and girls as a pervasive poverty- fighting strategy that guides our work in more than 90 countries. Village Savings and Loan Associations, for example, which CARE pioneered in 1991 in Niger, bring members,
mostly women, the tools they need to achieve financial independence — and income they use to start businesses, educate their children or pay for health care. We work with communities to counter harmful, long-held traditions such as child marriage, and we break down barriers keeping women from the decision- making table of their households and communities — and girls from the education that is rightfully theirs. We work in the areas of maternal health, microfinance and access to markets where families can sell the food they’ve grown by employing new techniques learned through farmer field schools.