CARE was founded in 1945, when 22 organisations came together to rush life-saving CARE packages to survivors of World War II. These packages contained food and basic supplies to families facing hunger and poverty in post-war Europe.
As these countries began recovering, CARE’s work shifted from Europe to the developing world, including in Asia and Latin America. In the 1950s, CARE began using surplus food to feed the hungry in developing countries. Some 100 million CARE packages were sent over two decades.
The following decade, CARE pioneered primary healthcare programs and in the 1970s responded to massive famines in Africa with both emergency relief and long-term agricultural projects.
These days CARE International’s community development work spans 95 countries across regions including Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Our work focuses on empowering communities to create their own lasting change.
CARE has been operating in Indonesia since 1967, initially working in food distribution, small infrastructure projects, health, the environment, and water and sanitation. In the wake of a series of shocks in the late 1990s, that included the 1997 financial crisis and widespread drought, CARE Indonesia redirected its focus towards emergency programming.
In 2004, CARE Indonesia was one of the primary emergency responders in an unprecedented natural disaster, the South Asian tsunami.
Today, CARE’s core activities in Indonesia include emergency response and disaster risk reduction; climate change, resilience and food security; economic empowerment; and water, sanitation and hygiene.