CARE-Bangladesh Program Milestones (1949-2005)
Period    Independence: Food and Emergency
1949    Delivered Aid packages to the East Pakistan.
1955    Distributed powdered Milk to Schools.
1962    Care opened its first office in Dhaka.
1962    School Midday Meal Program Fed 600,000 children daily.
1967    Distributed relief to flood victims and materials to build 3,000 houses.

1970    Distributed relief to Cyclone victims in the coastal areas.

Post-Independence: Beginning to Development

1971    Delta Housing Project trained Village Co-operatives workers to build 7,500 housing units.

1974    CARE signed Basic Operational Agreement with the Government of Bangladesh.

1974    Bangladesh's largest Integrated Food For Work Project started reconstruction/maintenance of rural earthen roads.

1976    Deep Tube well Irrigation and Credit Program started increasing agricultural productivity of the farmers owing lands near the Deep Tube wells.

1977    Kashimpur Agricultural Development project assisted disadvantaged peasant farmers to become self- sufficient by increased cash cropping of vegetables and food cropping of staples.

1979    Strengthened health care resources by tutoring rural health and family planning extension workers.

1980s : Many Current Programs Began

1980    Women's Development Project linked health instructions with Income Generating Activities.

1983    Rural Maintenance Program employed 61,500 destitute women to repair rural roads.

1985    Landless Owned Tube well Users' Support project trained land-less to operate Deep Tube wells.

1985    Women's Health Education project provided lessons to assist destitute women in RMP in improving their and their family's health.

1986    Training Immunizes in the Community Approach project strives to achieve universal child immunization.

1986    Local Initiatives for Farmer's Training project promoted bio-intensive homestead farming among marginal and land-less farmers.

1990s: Expansion & Diversification in Major Programs

1991    Delivered relief to more than a million cyclone victims in the coastal districts.

1991    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project provided Deep/Shallow Tube wells, Ring well and Sanitary Latrine in the coastal areas.
1991 Child Health Initiatives for Lasting Development Project promoted child survival.

1991     New Options for Pest Management project helped farmers managing rice pests without using toxic chemicals.

1992    Chittagong Homestead Agro-forestry project initiated activities in Cyclone damaged areas.

1993    Integrated Rice and Fish project promoted Rice/Fish Cultivation, Dike Cropping and Integrated Pest Management in rice.

1994    Integrated Food for Development Project promoted socio-economic development in rural Bangladesh through improved access to market and services by reconstruction of rural roads.

1994    INCOME Project ensures the economic security of the participating 30 small NGOs.

1995    CAGE-Aquaculture for Greater Economic Security project Promoted cultivation of fish in cage.

1995    Stopping HIV/AIDS through Knowledge and Training Initiatives project address the growing threats of HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh.

1996    Greater Options for Local Development through Aquaculture Project promotes diversification of freshwater prawn farming systems.

1998    Water and Sanitation Partnership project changes hygiene behavior and mitigates arsenic.

1999    The Homestead Gardening projects promote the concept of homestead gardening with bio-intensive and low external input technologies.

2000    Integrated Food Security Program promotes and protects food and livelihood security of vulnerable groups in underdeveloped high-risk rural and urban areas.

2000    Polio Eradication Initiatives worked to eradicate polio from the 45 Thanas in Bangladesh.

2001    LIFE-NOPEST project works to improve the food security of food insecure households who depend primarily on agricultural production for their live hoods.

2001    CHT Children's Opportunities for Learning Enhanced Project will develop and promote a sustainable system of education in CHT communities.

2001    HIV program works to reduce the risk of transmission of STDs/HIV among high risk groups.

2001    CEPZ project started works with Chittagong Export Processing Zone workers to improve their living conditions.
2002: Shifting Towards Rights Based Approach

2002    RVCC project works to build local capacities to disseminate climate change information and forecasts and to extend proven grassroots techniques to include specific measures aimed at addressing impacts that will occur as a result of climate and environmental change.

2002    PHL project works to improve the quality of life through empowering community, building community's capacity to raise their voice, facilitating governance at the GOB and promoting stakeholder participation at upazila level health services facility.

2002    Manuser Jonno project is working for ensuring civil, political, economic and social rights and improving the security and well-being of poor women, men and children.

2002    Environmental, Sanitation, Hygiene and Water Supply in Urban Slums and Fringes (ESHWSUSF) Project works to reduce mortality, morbidity and malnutrition due to diarrhea and other water borne and water related diseases, among 1 million slum dwellers.

2003    Community Empowerment Project works for facilitating CHT people to build their capacity.

2004    Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities (SHOUHARDO) works to sustainable reduce chronic and transitory food insecurity of 40,000 vulnerable households in 18 districts of Bangladesh by 2009.

2005    Food Security for Sustainable Household Livelihoods project will contribute to improvements in the livelihoods, especially the food security of targeted rural farm households, by increasing the ability, improving access and utilization of food by targeted household.

2005    Local Governance Program works at multiple levels to empower and strengthen the capacity of local government authorities and communities to enhance responsiveness of local institutions to the poor, especially women.

2005    Flood Risk Reduction Activities in Sunamganj District (FRRAS) project works to reduce flood risks and, thereby, achieve secured livelihood opportunities of the vulnerable and poor communities in four selected upazilas (sub-district).

2006    Adolescent's Women's Reproductive and Sexual Health Initiative (ARSHI) supported by the European Commission (EC), aims to decrease maternal mortality and morbidity of adolescent girls and women in Sunamganj district (Northwest of Bangladesh) in Sylhet division.

2006    Bangladesh Urban Development Initiative works on developing appropriate capacity for CARE Bangladesh to support co-ordinate programs to ensure both immediate needs and underlying causes of the urban poor are addressed in a sustainable way.

2006    Save Motherhood Promotion Project aims to make significant improvements in the maternal and neonatal health in the project areas.

2006    Partnership Brokering Project, supported by KATALYST Bangladesh, works to initiate partnership between private sectors and it's stakeholders, as a mean of encouraging businesses to be more socially responsible in Bangladesh.

2006    Establishing Community Support System (ECSS) project targets to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity through identifying and removing barriers, which lie between women and the EmOC (Emergency Obstetric Care) facilities? CARE Bangladesh along with the Bureau of Health Education and UNICEF has undertaken activities to establish a 30-community support group in six upazlias of six districts.

2006    Promoting Rights of the Disadvantaged by Preventing Violence Against Women (PROTIRODH) aims to reduce violence against women and reinforce the fulfillment of women's rights in four unions (lowest administrative structure) in rural Dinajpur, and among sex workers in Dhaka, Khulna, and Tangail cities in Bangladesh.

2007     Competitive Literacy Initiative (CoLI)-Education aims to provide functional literacy to the garment workers of a selected GAP factory in Bangladesh in pilot phase in order to raise their productivity and self-esteem and capacity to read and write .The pilot will benefit approximately 1,200 employees, primarily women, of the selected factory.