A patient community

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As a secretary, Ramatou carefully write down all the amounts that are gathered during the group’s weekly sessions. Photo: Therese Leine Sogard / CARE

Seated in a circle around a savings box on a sand floor in the village of Hamdallaye in Niger, 24 women have found their way out of poverty – together.Read the rest

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The Grass under Fighting Elephants

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Aimee Ansari, CARE Country Director in South Sudan

By Aimee Ansari, CARE Country Director in South Sudan

“The leaders of our country can learn a lot from us.  Bring them here – we can teach them how to make peace,” a tribal leader told me.  He heads the peace committee in Twic East county, Jonglei state, an initiative supported by CARE and funded by the Dutch government, where local communities in South Sudan are able to build skills in conflict resolution and peace building.… Read the rest

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Forced to Flee

by Jessie Thomson, humanitarian director for CARE Canada

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) recently released its annual global trends report related to refugees and forcibly displaced people worldwide. With this in mind, we sat down with Jacqueline Wright, CARE Canada’s vice president of international programs and Jessie Thomson, CARE Canada’s humanitarian director to hear their thoughts and to share their experiences on this important issue.Read the rest

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“If not for your help, all hope is lost.”

With few options, Syrian refugees require assistance as they await return to destroyed homes

By Mary Kate MacIsaac, Regional Syria Response Communications Coordinator
Gaziantep, Turkey

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Nabi Ibrahim (centre) with granddaughter, Marwa, 6, and wife, Alifa, (right), with relatives outside the store front where they settled after fleeing Kobane last fall. Three families, a total of 19 people, live in the small space.

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Nepal earthquake: The loss of much more than just a home

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CARE volunteers unload corrugated iron sheeting from tractors that brought them up the winding road from the town of Gorkha below. The sheeting along with bamboo poles will be given to households in and around Barpak village to help them construct temporary shelters before the monsoon. © CARE / Lucy Beck

Earthquakes, perhaps more than any other type of disaster, are a shelter disaster.… Read the rest

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Searching for Normal

Khaled, 18, a Syrian refugee from Dara/a, and avid footballer, speaks with Blake Selzer, CARE Senior Regional Advocacy Coordinator, prior to the launch of CARE's recreational field built in cooperation with UNHCR and funded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in village six of Azraq refugee camp in Jordan.  (Credit: Mary Kate MacIsaac/CARE)

Khaled, 18, a Syrian refugee from Dara/a, and avid footballer, speaks with Blake Selzer, CARE Senior Regional Advocacy Coordinator, prior to the launch of CARE’s recreational field built in cooperation with UNHCR and funded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in village six of Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. (Credit: Mary Kate MacIsaac/CARE)

Blake A.… Read the rest

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Engaging Dads to Help Support Moms and Children

This men’s support group in the village of Gudina Muleta in the eastern highlands of Ethiopia engages men to help support wives and mothers.

This men’s support group in the village of Gudina Muleta in the eastern highlands of Ethiopia engages men to help support wives and mothers.

In Canada, fathers have taken on more household chores and play a much more active role in raising their children than years ago. More and more men are insisting (even demanding) that they have equal rights and responsibilities when it comes to their children and are challenging traditional gender stereotypes.… Read the rest

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CARE Lebanon – Syria Crisis “It burns in my heart – we want to return…”

Hadija with son, Omar, 5, fled Syria with the rest of their family in late 2012.  They have found refuge in an old chicken coop in the village of Rachine, near Tripoli, Lebanon, where CARE is supporting Syrian refugees through rehabilitating toilets, providing sinks, water filters, and tanks. Photo credit:  CARE/Mary Kate MacIsaac

Hadija with son, Omar, 5, fled Syria with the rest of their family in late 2012. They have found refuge in an old chicken coop in the village of Rachine, near Tripoli, Lebanon, where CARE is supporting Syrian refugees through rehabilitating toilets, providing sinks, water filters, and tanks.
Photo credit: CARE/Mary Kate MacIsaac

On a cold and wet spring day in a rural community in north Lebanon, near Tripoli, a woman in sandals greets her visitors and immediately apologizes for the smell.  Her family has found refuge in a shelter on a chicken farm.  They are staying in what was previously used as a shed for animals.… Read the rest

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CARE Marks World Refugee Day: We’re really Not That Different

#NotThatDifferent 021_webDebbie_IDP camp in Kri2_IraqImagine being woken up in the middle of the night, being told to pack a small bag with only essential items, and leaving the home you’ve always known, the job you’ve gone to every day. How would you feel? Scared? Uncertain? Vulnerable? Chances are you’d be feeling these and many more emotions.… Read the rest

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Hope, not hopeless: a future for South Sudan

Today South Sudan stands on the brink, but CARE will continue to advocate for peace. Photo: Josh Estey/CARE

Today South Sudan stands on the brink, but CARE will continue to advocate for peace. Photo: Josh Estey/CARE

By Dr. Wolfgang Jamann, Secretary General and CEO, CARE International

When I was an aid worker in southern Sudan in the 1990s, the fight for independence against Sudan had already been running for many years.… Read the rest

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