CARE is one of the world's largest private humanitarian organizations. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we're part of an international confederation of 11 member organizations committed to helping communities in the developing world achieve lasting victories over poverty.

The scope of our mission has changed considerably since our founding in 1945, when 22 American organizations came together to rush lifesaving CARE Packages to survivors of World War II. Thousands of Americans, including President Harry S. Truman contributed to the effort. (Get QuickTime to watch this video of the president.) On May 11, 1946, the first 20,000 packages reached the battered port of Le Havre, France. Some 100 million more CARE Packages reached people in need during the next two decades, first in Europe and later in Asia and other parts of the developing world.

Over the years, our work has expanded as we've addressed the world's most threatening problems. In the 1950s, we expanded into emerging nations and used U.S. surplus food to feed the hungry. In the 1960s, we pioneered primary health care programs. In the 1970s, CARE responded to massive famines in Africa with both emergency relief and long-term agro forestry projects, integrating environmentally sound tree- and land-management practices with farming programs.
Today, our staff of more than 12,000 -- most of whom are citizens of the countries where we work-- help strengthen communities through an array of programs that work to create lasting solutions to root causes of poverty.

Our Name
We've always been known by the acronym "CARE," but the meaning behind the letters has changed as our mission has broadened. When we were founded in 1945, CARE stood for "Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe." Today, with projects in more than 60 countries around the world, CARE stands for "Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc."

The CARE Package
"Every CARE Package is a personal contribution to the world peace our nation seeks. It expresses America's concern and friendship in a language all peoples understand."
— President John F. Kennedy, 1962

The first CARE Packages are unloaded at Le Havre, France, on May 11, 1946.

The first CARE Packages were U.S. Army surplus "10-in-1" food parcels intended to provide one meal for 10 soldiers during the planned invasion of Japan. We obtained them at the end of World War II and began a service that let Americans send the packages to friends and families in Europe, where millions were in danger of starvation. Ten dollars bought a CARE Package and guaranteed that its addressee would receive it within four months.

When the "10-in-1" parcels ran out, we began assembling our own food packages, greatly assisted by donations from American companies. At first, senders had to designate a specific person as the recipient, but soon CARE was flooded with donations to send CARE Packages to "a hungry occupant of a thatched cottage," "a school teacher in Germany," and so on.

However, it remains a powerful symbol of the compassion and generosity of those who support our vision of a world free of poverty and suffering.

What was in the first CARE Packages?
•    one pound of beef in broth
•    one pound of steak and kidneys
•    8 ounces of liver loaf
•    8 ounces of corned beef
•    12 ounces of luncheon loaf (like Spam)
•    8 ounces of bacon
•    2 pounds of margarine
•    one pound of lard
•    one pound of fruit preserves
•    one pound of honey
•    one pound of raisins
•    one pound of chocolate
•    2 pounds of sugar
•    8 ounces of egg powder
•    2 pounds of whole-milk powder
•    2 pounds of coffee

Later CARE Packages included food for different cultural diets and non-food items such as carpentry tools, blankets, school supplies and medicine.

CARE in Bangladesh

Population:    138.4 million
Urban Population:    26%
Major Ethnic and Linguistic Groups:    Bengali - 98%
Religions:    Muslim - 83% Hindu - 16%
Population Growth Rate:    2.06%
Life Expectancy:    61.3 years
Infant Mortality:    66 per 1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality:    77 per 1,000 live births
Maternal Mortality Rate:    400 per 100,000 live births
GNP Per Capita:    $370
Percentage of Literate Adult Males:    54%
Percentage of Literate Adult Females:    32%
Percentage Population With Access to Safe Drinking Water:    97%

Country Description:
CARE has been operating in Bangladesh since 1955. Since the country became independent in 1971, CARE has had projects in housing, nutrition, irrigation, credit, health training assistance and agricultural development. Current program areas include agriculture and natural resources development, institutional strengthening, health, family planning and rural infrastructure. CARE-Bangladesh's annual programming budget is more than $35 million and has funding support from all CARE International members.

Project Name
The followings are the development projects by CARE in Bangladesh.

Environmental Sanitation, Hygiene and Water Supply in Urban Sums and Fringes (ESHWSUSF)

Promoting Rights of the Disadvantaged by preventing Violence Against Women (PROTIRODH) / Save Motherhood Promotion Project / ECSS

Flood Reduction Activities in Sunamgonj District

Competitive Literacy Initiative - Education / PCTFT

Adolescent Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health Initiative (ARSHI)

CEPZ Corporate Pilot Project (CCPP)

Local Governance Program

HIV/AIDS Targeted Intervention / HIV Prevention & Control


Food Security for Sustainable Household Livelihoods

Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain in Bangladesh

Learning from CARE Bangladesh's Social Development Unit (Nijera)

Food Security for Ultra Poor in the Hoar Region (FSUPH)

Building Pro-Poor, Inclusive and Gender Sensitive Local Governance in Rajshahi and Chapainowabganj districts of Bangladesh

Social and Economic Transformation of the Ultra Poor

Women in Agriculture Planning

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 International will be a global force and a partner of choice within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. We will be known everywhere for our unshakable commitment to the dignity of people.

Our Mission
Our mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Drawing strength from our global diversity, resources and experience, we promote innovative solutions and are advocates for global responsibility. We facilitate lasting change by:
•    Strengthening capacity for self-help
•    Providing economic opportunity
•    Delivering relief in emergencies
•    Influencing policy decisions at all levels
•    Addressing discrimination in all its forms

Guided by the aspirations of local communities, we pursue our mission with both excellence and compassion because the people whom we serve deserve nothing less.

Our Board of Directors
CARE's board of directors is the organization's governing body, elected by the members at an annual meeting. All members are responsible for gaining a basic understanding and initiating action in support of CARE's mission, goals and programs. This includes assisting in expanding CARE's outreach and increasing its visibility and donor support. All board members are volunteers and serve without compensation.

Our Executive Team
The board of directors appoints CARE's president, treasurer and secretary. The president appoints the rest of CARE's executive team, including the chief operating officer, general counsel and senior vice presidents of finance, IT and administration, human resources, program, and external relations.

CARE Bangladesh is a part of CARE International, one of the world's largest private international humanitarian organizations, enabling families in poor communities to improve their lives and overcome poverty.
CARE began work in Bangladesh in 1949 with the famous CARE packages that the Americans sent to survivors of World War II in Europe and Asia. The plain brown boxes holding food and other essential items were harbingers of hope.   
Today, CARE is partnering with communities, community based organizations, the Government and national NGOs to identify and confront root causes of the poverty. CARE's programs focus on agriculture, education, health, water and sanitation, nutrition, infrastructure and small enterprise development, reaching around 12 million people in 64 districts of Bangladesh.

In the fiscal year July 2004 to June 2005, the total value of our program was over US$ 28 Million. More than 95% of our expended resources support program activities, and less than 5% go toward support services or administration

Core value
CARE Bangladesh amplifies the voices of the poor and the marginalized in ways that influence public opinion, development practice, and policy at all levels. This happens as knowledge drawn from our grass roots and global experience is channeled through purposeful relationships with civil society, government, and the private sector.   
Respect: We affirm the dignity, potential and contribution of participants, partners, donors & staff.

Integrity: We act consistently with CARE's mission, being honest and transparent in what we do and say, and accept responsibility for our collective and individual actions.

Commitment to Service:
We work together effectively to serve the larger community.

Excellence: We constantly challenge ourselves to the highest levels of learning and performance to achieve greater impact.

Diversity: We value, respect, and fully benefit from each individual's unique qualities and abilities, in order to fulfill and strengthen our vision and mission.