our history

Mr. I.R. Constad, Assistant of CARE’s Mission for England and Wales with Mrs. Killagllon and family. Left to right, 7-year-old Gerald, 12-year-old June, 14-year-old George, 14-month-old Brian, Mrs. Killagllon, 3-year-old Michael, and 4-year-old David.

CARE International is a leading humanitarian organisation working for global poverty reduction and social justice by empowering women and girls. Founded in 1945, CARE currently works with the poorest and most marginalised communities in 90 countries around the world.

CARE’s decades of humanitarian and development work demonstrate that gender inequality and poverty go hand in hand, and when women are empowered, a wide range of human and social development indicators also improve. The societies that lag furthest behind are those where laws and attitudes hinder women’s empowerment.

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CARE memorial erected on the southern end of the Voxa-Trucly dyke system Vietnam. Vice chairman Ho Khac Hong pointing.

CARE International worked in Vietnam from 1954 to 1975 to address immediate needs, by supporting local food supply, health care and education.

CARE returned to Vietnam in 1989 and has since worked in almost all of Vietnam’s 64 provinces and cities, providing more than 300 development projects. CARE International in Vietnam’s projects have supported agricultural and rural development, livelihood enhancement, community-based health care, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention, disaster risk reduction, climate change response, emergency relief and rehabilitation, water and sanitation infrastructure, and the advancement of gender equality.

Today, CARE International in Vietnam continues to deliver humanitarian and emergency assistance in times of crisis, but primarily focuses on ensuring long-term positive change for marginalised groups, especially ethnic minority women in mountainous areas and vulnerable women in urban areas, by tackling the underlying causes of poverty, vulnerability, and social injustice.