CARE, known for the CARE package, is one of the largest private aid organisations in the world. Founded in 1945 in the USA, CARE helped millions of needy people in post-war Europe. Almost 10 million CARE packages with food, clothing or tools reached Germany at that time. An unprecedented aid campaign, from person to person, across former enemy lines, which still stands for international understanding and peace today.
Today, as part of a global movement, CARE works in over 100 countries to alleviate need and overcome poverty. Gender justice and the empowerment of women and girls is particularly important to us.
What the work of CARE focusses on
- CARE provides emergency aid after disasters and in crises
- CARE advocates for equal rights for all genders, and
- is committed to climate protection.
CARE Germany is currently active in 45 crisis and disaster regions. Here, CARE provides refugees and internally displaced persons with food, drinking water, shelter and other essential relief supplies. For children and victims of violence, CARE offers care and psychosocial assistance. As early as possible, CARE also supports reconstruction in the regions.
Human rights and gender equality
CARE's sustainable development cooperation is based on the principle of helping people to help themselves. Together with village communities, CARE develops solutions for more income, health, education and participation and helps families to break the cycle of their poverty.
CARE intensively involves women and girls in all programmes from the very beginning. Through its worldwide network and as an advisor to the United Nations, CARE influences world politics and is committed to the implementation of human rights for all. In 2021, CARE's global aid reached over 100 million people in more than 100 countries.
CARE supports intercultural education in Germany
Since 2016, CARE's aid has been returning to Germany. CARE is involved in development education to promote education for sustainable development and intercultural education, especially in schools.
Private donations are the crucial basis of CARE's work. At the same time, CARE receives public funding in Germany, including from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Federal Foreign Office and the European Commission. CARE is a member of the German Donations Council.