CARE India focuses on developing the potential of women and girls to drive long lasting equitable changes. We strategically emphasise on promoting quality healthcare, inclusive education, gender equitable and sustainable livelihood opportunities and disaster relief and preparedness.
Our efforts are focused to fight against underlying causes of poverty, building secure and resilient communities and ensuring a life of dignity for all women and girls from the most marginalised and vulnerable communities, especially among Dalits and Adivasis.
As we move ahead our key programming approaches will include social analysis and action, gender transformative value chain approaches, leadership and life skills strengthening, building capacities and leadership roles at multiple levels, advocacy on national and international platforms and facilitating links and dialogues between public, private and civil society.
CARE in India grew out of a vision of ending poverty and social injustice, and it has been working in India for over 68 years.
CARE came to India in June, 1946 when one of its co-founder, Lincoln Clark, signed the CARE Basic Agreement in New Delhi at the Office of Foreign Affairs. The agreement was limited to contributions of technical books and scientific equipment for universities and research institutes.
In November 1949, the first Chief of Mission, Melvin Johnson, arrived in India to establish operations. Subsequently on the invitation of the then President of India, he developed a CARE India Food Package that caused a renegotiation of the CARE Agreement to include importation of food through Indo-CARE Agreement on 6 March 1950. The CARE Office during 1950’s in Delhi was a hutment (a long, thin building) located in Janpath, Connaught Place. At one end of the building was the Australian High Commission to India (A.K.A. Embassy). At the other end was the Delhi Press. CARE was sandwiched between the two in a two-room office. The Government of India (GOI) rented the space to us for 50 rupees per month, approximately $10. The CARE office consisted of the office manager, the secretary, two clerks, a messenger, and a driver. We had three additional offices and warehouses in India located in Bombay, Madras, and Calcutta — each office administered by an Indian national. The initial programmes those days included assistance to educational institutions, relief camps and assistance to hospitals in form of books, laboratory equipments, tools supplies etc. When the Mid-Day Meal (MDM - school lunch) program started in 1960, state offices were established and the staff in Delhi and state offices increased. Since 1960’s CARE has been supporting government’s school feeding programs. CARE has been providing nutritious food for the beneficiaries of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) on the request of GOI since 1982. CARE supported the Government's ICDS in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. In 1998-99 the quantum of food support in India was worth Rupees 300 crores. The respective state governments had contributed towards the administrative cost so that CARE carried these programs smoothly in their respective states. As a part of support from USAID, CARE implemented a long term project named Integrated Nutrition and Health Project (INHP) from 1996 till 2010 and reached to about 1297 blocks in nine major states of India. Recognised worldwide for its contribution in disaster response and rehabilitation operations, CARE in India has supported the efforts of Government of India and individual state governments as and when major disasters occurred in the country. CARE has provided relief to several natural disasters since 1966 with Jammu and Kashmir floods 2014 and Hud Hud in Andhra Pradesh being the most recent. Some of our efforts include response to flood relief in West Bengal in 1979, cyclone in Andhra Pradesh in 1977 and in 1996, and earthquake relief in Latur, Maharashtra in 1993, and Odisha super cyclone in 1999. The list of our efforts to bring smiles back on the faces of those who lost all hopes during disasters is long. CARE India has made a considerable shift in its programming approach over the years. From direct service provision to enabling poor and vulnerable groups, CARE India has evolved into a rights-based organisation in order to address underlying causes of poverty. Our focus is explicitly on the well-being, social position and rights of women and girls from tribal and Dalit communities (Key Population). CARE India’s current ‘Programme’ approach stems from a redrawn vision, under which, working with partners on projects has been overlapped with holistic, long term, deep impact “programmes” that work directly with key populations to ensure that the root causes of poverty and marginalisation of people, particularly poor women and girls, are tackled strategically and collaboratively. While we believe we have a lot to feel proud of, we also recognise that today in India, there are more absolute poor and malnourished than it was 60 years ago! Recognising that CARE India continues its transition seeking more appropriate paradigms of development to ensure that we remain a catalyst for change and contribute towards seeking a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.
Education is the key to empowering women and girls, which helps bring about social equality. Girls’ education programme works on improving lives and providing opportunities for girls and women through increased participation in formal and alternative education systems. The program builds on innovative pilot projects and strategic partnerships developed by CARE over the last decade. CARE works closely with government-run schools and the different levels within the Government.
CARE works to help girls’ complete primary education and access formal schools through accelerated learning methodology and provide academic support to enhance the quality of learning. We also help nurture leadership skills amongst girls and offer alternative education opportunities for women and girls who have never been enrolled or have dropped out early from school.
The projects under education fields are:
Early Childhood Development (ECD)
Girl Leadership Initiative (GLI)
Kastuba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV)
Adolescent Girls' Learning Centre (AGLC)
School Improvement Program (SIP).
Delivering healthcare to over a billion people is a very complex challenge. CARE India works in close collaboration with State and Central Government and other partner organisations to secure accessible and quality maternal and child healthcare among marginalised communities. We work towards identifying the root causes of healthcare challenges, provide innovative solutions, and help implement secure and quality healthcare services in India.
CARE India believes that a healthy mother and a healthy baby is the route to a productive, developed nation. Hence, CARE has specially focused upon providing comprehensive solutions to address public health problems. We promote essential new born care and immunisation, reduce malnutrition, prevent infant and maternal deaths and protect those affected by or susceptible to HIV/ AIDS and TB. CARE works closely with its partners to achieve good health care for everyone.
The ongoing projects under health are:
Health Education among SHG & VHSNC Members (HEVS extending CHCMI )
Sustainable Education and Health Among Tribals (SEHAT)
BRIDDHI (Project with an aim to curb malnutrition)
Sector Wide Approach to Strengthen Health (SWASTH)
Enhancing Mobile Populations’ Access to HIV & AIDS Services, Information & Support (EMPHASIS)
Technical and management inputs to TMST, Government of Odisha Health Sector and Nutrition Plan (OHSP)
Treatment, adherence and follow up of Multidrug - resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB)
Strengthening Kala Azar Elimination Program (SKEAP)
Axshya (Project to bridge the challenging gaps in Tuberculosis)
Madhya Pradesh Nutrition Project (MPNP)
Mother and Child Health Project
Urban Health Initiative (UHI)
Family Health Initiative.
CARE believes in helping individuals live a life of dignity. To achieve this, our livelihood programmes focuses on generating sustainable livelihoods. This is done through capacity building, fostering community links and promoting small businesses. CARE India puts special focus on entrepreneurial ventures, which are owned by women.
CARE through its livelihood programmes promotes micro-finance, Self Help Groups, capacity building and small businesses. It also fosters linkages between community collectives and financial institutions. CARE also focuses on improving the literacy, numeracy and critical thinking skills to promote sustainable livelihoods.
The ongoing projects under Livelihood are:
Enhancing the Sustainable Farming Initiative (ESFI) by Integrating Gender and Nutrition
INDIA: STRENGTHENING PRIVATE SECTOR COMMITMENT TO, AND PRACTICE OF, THE WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT PRINCIPLES (WEPS)
Where the Rain Falls (WtRF)
Women Leadership in Small and Medium Enterprises (WLSME)
Women and Girls Lead Global (WGLG)
Pathways (Project with an aim to seek better lives for poor women farmers in India)
Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience of Small Tea Production (STP)
Dairy Value Chain (DVC)
Disaster preparedness and response
CARE India works towards providing immediate relief and assists in the rehabilitation process of the affected communities in the aftermath of any calamity. We help communities build their capacity to better cope with and recover from disasters. Our foremost goal is to build resilience among the community and various stakeholders in case of any disaster. We work closely with communities, who have been affected by disasters, so that long term development of the communities with sustainable livelihood opportunities may be secured and they are better equipped in future.
• Addressing the immediate needs of the most marginalised populations affected by disasters, while recognising people’s fundamental right to a life with dignity
• Understanding the underlying causes of vulnerability
• Enhancing capacities to cope with disasters and adapt to climate change
• Integration of disaster risk reduction into the ongoing programmes.
CARE India reaches out to Nepal to aid earthquake victims.
CARE India provided Survival and Hygiene Kits along with Mats, Blankets, tarpaulins and jerry cans.
CARE India aims at reaching out to 10,000 families By now we have reached out to 1500 families in Kathmandu Gorkha. With resources coming we are making arrangements to reach out to another 2000 families.
Resources are also moving from our global teams to ensure that maximum families are reached and our efforts are directed to towards getting more support to ensure maximum reach to the worst affected in time.
CARE India is one of the first NGO’s to begin relief distribution in Rajouri, Jammu.
The recent floods in Jammu and Kashmir has affected 3000 villages, with 450 submerged.
CARE India team has reached Rajouri and has started distribution of food and water. This will be followed by survival kits to the people who have been affected by the floods. Apart from this, there is need for psychosocial support, as this kind of a catastrophe has not been faced by the community in past.