What is CARE4?

Ending extreme poverty across the globe takes time. It takes effort. It takes solutions for better education, gender equality, food security, clean water and being better prepared for when disaster strikes.

CARE4 is your chance to sponsor one of the key solutions to poverty. Not only do you choose what solution you want to sponsor, 90% of the money you contribute goes to CARE’s overseas programs that focus on that solution. We will only ever use 10% to keep the lights on and our staff working.

So, if you CARE4 Water, your money goes directly to our work like drilling boreholes and teaching people to build toilets. CARE4 Education? Your support includes training teachers and providing school supplies. Do you CARE4 Women? Contribute to eliminate sexual harassment, help women become leaders and give them the opportunity to increase their income.

Sponsoring also means you will receive regular updates on the projects you’re sponsoring, so you can see how your money is being spent.

Who is behind CARE4?

CARE International 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.

CARE is now one of the world’s largest independent humanitarian relief agencies, made up of members in 14 countries: Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Thailand, the UK, USA and of course Australia.

Our work reduces extreme poverty in over 95 countries across regions including Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

Find out more on the Who We Are page on the CARE Australia website.

How does CARE Australia fit in?

CARE Australia joined the CARE International family in 1987, led by former Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser, AC, CH.

With thanks to our generous supporters, in 2015, CARE Australia directly helped 2.3 million people across 23 countries including in response to 11 emergencies. Find out more by visiting our Annual Reports page.