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About CARE

Who is CARE?

CARE is an international humanitarian aid organisation working with poor communities in developing countries to stop the cycle of poverty and injustice.

As a non-religious and non-political organisation, we work with poor communities across 90 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe helping to address the underlying causes of poverty. Our long-term aid programs provide food, clean water, basic healthcare and education and create opportunities for people to build a better future for themselves. We also provide life-saving emergency relief where it’s needed most.

Our vision

We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security. CARE will be a global force and partner of choice within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. We will be known everywhere for our unshakeable commitment to the dignity of people.


Founded in 1945, CARE was created to send food aid and basic supplies in the form of ‘CARE packages’ to survivors of World War II. As the economies of the former wartime nations developed and improved, the focus of CARE’s work shifted from Europe to the challenges of the developing world.

Today, CARE is a confederation of 14 national members known as CARE International – one of the world’s largest international emergency relief and development assistance organisations.

We have 70 years’ experience in successfully fighting poverty. Last year we helped change the lives of 83 million people around the world.

CARE Australia

CARE Australia joined the CARE International family in 1987, led by former Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser. As a non-religious and non-political organisation, CARE works with communities to help overcome poverty by supporting development and providing emergency relief where it’s needed most. To learn more about CARE Australia visit:

What does CARE do?

Sustainable development programs

CARE’s long-term aid programs help communities break the cycle of poverty. CARE’s projects support people to access their basic human rights and equip them with skills and resources so they can work towards a better future. CARE has a holistic approach to development. This means our focus in not just in one area – CARE looks at communities that are affected by poverty as a whole, and works with them to address the needs they identify. In 2013 CARE Australia worked in 23 countries across the world directly impacting two million people through our poverty alleviating projects.

Humanitarian emergencies

People living in poverty are the most vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters, food shortages and disease outbreak. Emergencies, whether natural or man-made, require an immediate and effective response. CARE has a team of experienced professionals who help survivors, communities and countries respond, prepare for and recover from disasters. When disaster strikes, CARE is on the ground and saving lives within hours. We provide life-saving aid including food, shelter, clean water, hygiene, toilets and medical care to the people who need it most.

After the emergency phase has passed, CARE works with families to rebuild their lives. Instead of providing long-term handouts, we help people help themselves through activities including providing seeds and tools for farming.

CARE also works with vulnerable communities to reduce the impact of future disasters.


CARE Australia
PO Box 372 Collins Street West
Melbourne VIC 8007

Phone +61 3 9421 5572
Fax +61 3 9421 5593