Cuba

CARE's work in Cuba

CARE began working in Cuba in 1995, at the government’s invitation. Initially supporting the Cuban people through the period of economic instability that followed the collapse of the socialist bloc, we focused on making sure that food was both available and accessible to those who needed it.

From our initial focus on food and agriculture, our programme has expanded over the years to include water and sanitation, sustainable livelihoods, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and humanitarian sectors. We strive to promote gender equality and the rights and participation of young people.

Building resilience against future disasters

Cuba is at risk of multiple natural disasters. The hurricane seasons lasts six months and the country is prone to flood, prolonged drought and earthquakes. Although Cuba has one of the best disaster preparedness systems in the region, devastating hurricane seasons can still leave widespread damage.

Our approach involves response, rehabilitation and capacity building for humanitarian emergencies and slow-onset disasters. We are building disaster risk reduction into ongoing development programmes, with particular emphasis on ensuring farmers minimise the risk of future disasters through land management, income diversification and risk reduction planning at a local level.

CARE's impact

We work in 79 developing countries, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 70 years.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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