From the hell of siege to the cold of exile

“We fled our home because we had nothing left.”

Shifaa’, 46, remembers only too well her family’s experience of the Syrian conflict in their hometown near Dar’a, in southern Syria.

“Our village had a population of 25000 people. We were besieged and starved. We did not even have bread to eat.… Read the rest

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Syria’s European widows series: Maysa’a’s story

34 year old Maysa’a’s husband left for Germany while her parents are far away in Egypt. She is too scared to go out alone so her only regular human contact is with her neighbour.

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Gazal is 1 year 2 months old. She lives with her mother and 3 siblings in Mafraq Jordan.

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Syria’s European widows series: Hanan’s story

Many refugees have dubbed the journey to Europe as the ‘Death Road’ due to its perilous nature and high mortality rates, especially at sea. Despite this, thousands continue to make the trip with over 3,500 people this year already having lost their lives at sea.… Read the rest

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A year of joy and yet the needs continue

Barth_2978 By Valerie Keeler Valberg Imaging - USE THIS HEADSHOTWith your help, almost all my wishes came true this year. Together we saved lives and gave hope to families who endured the massive earthquake in Nepal and the ongoing refugee crisis in Syria. We provided food for people in Ethiopia and Mali, and equal opportunities for women and families in Bolivia.… Read the rest

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If we don’t build peace in our communities, how can we expect to know it at the national level?

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Mawa Seme, CARE

By Mawa Seme, Program Officer with CARE in Pagak, Upper Nile state

Monday, September 21 brought a great deal of rain to the town of Pagak in Maiwut county, Upper Nile state in South Sudan. But it didn’t dampen the joy and excitement among the community.… Read the rest

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Drawing on inspiration: CARE staff around the world

The holidays often mean spending time with family, but sometimes that’s not always an option. CARE staff around the world often work away from their families for long periods, but do so because they want to help make a difference in their communities.

So, we wanted to share with you some images drawn from some of our staff and supporters and the different things they may see while working, that perhaps aren’t  as typically Canadian as a scene like this one:EmilyChenThis wonderful piece comes from CARE supporter and designer Emily Chen.Read the rest

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The beginning of a beautiful friendship

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LALA MOULATI village savings and loan association. Photo: Andrea Gardella/EDC

Within my first week of arriving to the North African breeze of Morocco, I realized how motivated and eager CARE International Morocco (CIM) is to have me hit the ground running. As part of the Export Development Canada (EDC) and CARE Canada partnership, “Beyond Exports“, four employees are deployed every year to a CARE International Country Office to provide technical support during a four month period.… Read the rest

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Northern Iraq: summer ends, winter begins, and fear remains

Jacqueline Dürre is the CARE Project Coordinator for Kurdistan-Iraq. In her blog, she writes about encounters with families who have been displaced over a year ago and still live in exile.

On my way back home from the Frankfurt Airport to Bonn, the rain is drumming against the train window.… Read the rest

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It Takes a Neighbourhood to Stop Early Forced Child Marriage

The GRASID team learns to use a new tool to help evaluate the effectiveness of their programming. Photo: Margaret Capelazo/CARE

By Margaret Capelazo, Gender Adviser at CARE Canada

They say it takes a whole community to raise a child. This is especially true when trying to prevent early forced child marriage.… Read the rest

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To the girls of the world: Don’t wait for a war to discover your strength

Raneem Alhomsi, 16 – from Daraa, Syria, now living in Jordan. The following is her story as told to Mary Kate MacIsaac, CARE Regional Syria Response Communications Coordinator

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Raneem, 16, is a Syrian refugee from Daraa. Photo: Mary Kate MacIsaac/CARE

Even before the war, life wasn’t easy for girls in Syria – but we felt safe, we felt protected.… Read the rest

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