70 years in India

Major Milestones

CARE’s relationship with India began over seven decades ago, at the precipice of its independence. Much like other developing nations, ‘CARE Packages’, containing food and other essential items were CARE’s first offering to India. The relationship grew remarkably over the decades, transitioning into a large scale movement backing India’s socio-economic development.

The

1940’s

The

1940’s

CARE is Born

To help the survivors of World War II, 22 American charities form the ‘Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe’

The early

1950’s

CARE Arrives in India

The ‘Indo-CARE Bilateral Agreement’ signed between CARE and Government of India – first ‘CARE Packages’ arrive in India.

Distributed over 20,000 tonnes of food across the country, laying the foundation for CARE’s nutrition programme.

The early

1950’s

The
Mid-Late

1950’s

The
Mid-Late

1950’s

The Launch of Larger Initiatives in India

CARE introduces its Disaster Relief, Nutrition, Agriculture, Health, and Education programs.

Provided medical and food assistance to thousands of Tibetan refugees that came along with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The

1960’s

Increased Focus on Food Programs

The expansion of the ‘Mid-Day Meal Scheme’ and the establishment of ‘Central Kitchens’. Extending nutrition to those affected by famines.

Offered lunch to over five million people every day during the one-square-meal-a-day project, running through 27,000 primary schools.

The

1960’s

The

1970’s

&

1980’s

The

1970’s

&

1980’s

Emphasis on India’s Nutrition Needs

Started ‘Project Poshak’ and supported the Government’s ‘Integrated Child Development Services’ to provide nutrition to malnourished children.

Provided INR 35 million for the construction of 5,500 Balwadis (preschools) in 14 Indian states.

CARE changed the meaning of its acronym to ‘Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere’, owing to its diverse global interventions.

The

1990’s

Sharper Focus on Marginalised Women & Girls

Shifted attention to the widespread concerns involving women and girls — population control, Girl’s Primary Education, reproductive health, food security, unemployment, and access to credit facilities.

CARE’s Integrated Nutrition and Health Programme (INHP) impacted approximately 80,00,000 mothers and children in 1,23,000 villages every day.

Launched the Girls’ Primary Education (GPE) project to support the Government of India’s goal of “Education for All”.

The

1990’s

The

2000’s

The

2000’s

Addressing the Underlying Causes of Poverty

With an increased understanding of poverty, CARE starts addressing the root causes of poverty — inequality, social injustice, and marginalization.

CARE India was instrumental in providing relief to the victims of the Gujarat earthquake by building 5,554 houses, 15 schools, 11 community centers, 21 crèches, 12 Panchayat buildings, 5 sub-health centers and water and sanitation infrastructure.

During this decade, CARE India became a key partner in the Enhancing Mobile Population Access to HIV/AIDS Services Information and Support (EMPHASIS) along with CARE Nepal and CARE Bangladesh.

The

2010’s

CARE India Comes into Being

CARE in India starts functioning as an independent entity – CARE India in 2013. Becomes a member of the CARE International Confederation.

Implementation of the Bihar Technical Support Program to improve maternal, newborn, and child health in the state.

The launch of the AMANAT project to build the capacity of Auxiliary Nurse Midwives in managing emergency childbirth complications and newborn care in Bihar.

The

2010’s

2020’s

Onwords

2020’s

Onwords

Commitment to Provide Social Protection to Women & Girls

Since March 2020, CARE India has provided immediate relief assistance to over 4.3 lakh marginalised people by distributing 79,855 dry ration kits and supported hospitals, frontline workers with 18,992 PPE kits, 2,22,107 masks, 50,706 litres of sanitisers and 2,000 litres of disinfectant.

CARE India aims to reach over 100 million people belonging to marginalised communities by 2030 and help them overcome poverty.

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