Lifesaving aid

Lifesaving aid is often the face of America in many parts of the world. These sacks of food aid from the U.S. Agency for International Development are ready for distribution in eastern Ethiopia. Josh Estey/CARE

The project’s success illustrates the good that development does, targeting not just one or two isolated needs families and communities

have, but rather accounting for a full range of needs that must be met for communities to be safe, viable and productive.

Heather Higginbottom

On her first trip with CARE, Chief Operating Officer Heather Higginbottom spent the day at Imvepi settlement in northern Uganda meeting refugees who had just arrived, having fled violence and famine conditions in neighboring South Sudan. With its refugee population doubling in just one year, Uganda is host to the fastest-growing refugee emergency in the world. Peter Caton/CARE

Both CARE and the U.S. government (by virtue of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which funded Tufaidike Wote) are driven to do the right thing. Last year, CARE did the right thing in 94 countries, reaching 80 million people through more than 1,000 projects. Foreign assistance is the right thing for the U.S. to do because it saves lives and reinforces our country’s belief in human potential. Delivering aid in the right way — whether humanitarian or long-term development — can advance human rights and democracy, demonstrate the goodwill of the American people and build a better and more just world. Beyond our borders, many countries experience unparalleled suffering and loss of life due to extreme poverty, disease, natural disasters and conflict. Often, lifesaving aid is the face of America in many parts of the world. It can be the only beacon of hope during the darkest hours and one of the most effective tools for keeping our country safe.

“If we isolate ourselves from the world and just turn over all the problems to somebody else,” says Adm. Mullen, “one of my beliefs is that eventually they all show up at our doorstep.”