A year in the life of CARE: 10 highlights of 2018
It’s been a year of increased conflict in Yemen; of a record 68.5 million people fleeing war and persecution worldwide; and of yet more warnings about the impacts of climate change.
Some of us may feel that the news has been saturated with negative stories, and we wouldn’t be wrong.
But it is important to remember the good work that CARE International – thanks to our wonderful supporters – has done to save lives, fight poverty and help women and girls fulfil their potential.
Here are our highlights of 2018 (in no particular order!)
1) Following CARE’S #ThisIsNotWorking campaign, the International Labour Organisation decided to introduce a global convention against workplace violence and harassment
Above: Women garment workers at a factory in Cambodia
At the International Labour Conference earlier this year, governments, businesses and unions finally agreed on the need for a legally binding convention, meaning that in the future countries will have to adopt national legislation to tackle workplace violence and harassment. This means the world is one step closer to making the world a safer place for women at work – everywhere.
- Join our campaign in 2019 to make sure the convention is adopted and put into practice
2) Despite the cold, wind and sleet, an incredible 10,000 people took to the streets of London to march for gender equality for #March4Women
Above: Sue Perkins, who compered #March4Women 2018, entertains the crowd at Trafalgar Square
In the centenary year of the first women winning the right to vote, CARE International UK marked International Women’s Day by retracing the steps of the Suffragettes from Parliament to Trafalgar Square. There, the 10,000 marchers were met with an unforgettable rally hosted by Sue Perkins and featuring speeches by Ann-Marie Duff, Michael Sheen, Helen Pankhurst, Shola Mos-Shogbamimu and musical performances by Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Biffy Clyro.
There was a star-studded grand finale with a rendition of ‘You don’t own me’ produced by legendary composer David Arnold, featuring women singers, the all-women Bond String Quartet and X-factor choir, Urban Voices Collective. Amazingly, the fabulous choir and quartet have now released the song as a single to raise money for CARE!
- Follow #March4Women to be the first to know about #March4Women 2019
3) CARE is one of the biggest international NGOs working in Yemen, a country experiencing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis
Above: A young boy smiles during a CARE cash-for-work project which pays people to build new classrooms to enable more children to attend school; participants use their pay to buy food and other essential needs
Despite conditions deteriorating this year, we still reach one million people a month, mostly through water, sanitation and hygiene and food security projects. Many of our projects put building the resilience of communities at their heart.
- Read this moving story by Khailieh Hassan, who works for CARE in Yemen: “We can only do our best”
4) 10,000 new supporters and activists joined us this year!
Above: Supporters at #March4Women 2018
Thank you for signing up to learn more about and support our work! This is fantastic news, as we rely on the generosity and engagement of the public for so much of what we do.
5) Thanks to your support, CARE has so far helped more than 12,000 survivors of the staggering earthquake and tsunami that struck Sulawesi, Indonesia in the autumn
Above: A young girl at Loli Saluran village, Donggala, helping her parents to bring home CARE packages with shelter and hygiene items, to their temporary settlement
The earthquake and tsunami was devastating, killing at least 2,000 people and leaving more than 133,000 displaced. Lack of clean water and sanitation facilities were two of the biggest problems facing survivors. But thanks to donations to CARE, and to a Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal which raised more than £25 million from the British public, CARE has been able to deliver clean water, sanitation and hygiene kits to those affected, as well as providing vital shelter for those who have lost their homes.
- Get the latest emergency updates on our crisis watch web page
6) At the beginning of the year, you donated an incredible £541,318 to our Help Her Live, Learn and Earn appeal
Above: Otavina Kabiki from Kikombwe village in Iringa, Tanzania, takes part in a CARE-run farming field school
Your donations will help women and girls around the world - and they were matched pound for pound by the UK government through UK aid match – with those funds going directly towards setting up a brand new project to support women farmers in rural Tanzania, providing them with seeds, saplings, tools and training in climate-smart farming methods so they can grow the food their families need.
- Read more about Help Her Live, Learn and Earn
7) CARE and regional partners have been on the ground responding to the crisis in Venezuela, providing more than 15,000 people in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela with vital humanitarian assistance
Above: Venezuelan children at a temporary camp for migrants
More than 3 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015, according to the UN – but CARE staff predict the actual figure to be a lot higher. As with all humanitarian crises, this has been particularly harsh for women: as they try desperately to feed and clothe their families, an increasing number are being forced or tricked into prostitution by trafficking rings. Alongside trafficking, women are facing a whole range of challenges and risks including a rise in sexual and gender-based violence, and high levels of maternal and infant mortality.
8) CARE is responding to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s worst and most complicated Ebola outbreak in history, in which hundreds of people have died, and 2.5 million are at risk of infection
Above: Nadej Msika, aged 18, with her 7-month-old son; Nadej contracted the Ebola virus but was successfully treated
The number of people infected continues to rise, and the outbreak is spreading in areas impacted by violence and armed conflict, which makes it very difficult to contain. CARE provides water supply, hygiene kits and personal protection equipment as well as training to health staff on preventative measures for Ebola.
- Get the latest updates on our crisis watch web page
9) CARE has reached over 400,000 people in need in north-western Syria in 2018
Above: A school in northern Aleppo: CARE partner organisation Ihsan Relief & Development provides psychosocial support activities to children affected by the conflict in schools, camps for internally displaced people, and orphanages
Throughout the near-8 year conflict, CARE has reached more than 3.4 million people across the country – that’s 25% of those in need of assistance.
10) CARE has continued to respond to the needs of nearly 700,000 refugees who fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since 25 August 2017
Above: Hand washing facilities provided by CARE in Potibonia camp, home to 22,000 people
Although this crisis has faded out of the news this year, the scale of the refugee influx in Cox’s Bazar has been unprecedented and is putting enormous pressure on the Bangladesh government, host communities and humanitarian agencies. It is vital that organisations like CARE continue to receive the funding we need to keep on supporting those in need. CARE has directly reached more than 300,000 people through the distribution of food, household items, health support, shelter, protection, and water and sanitation services.
- Read more on our Myanmar refugee crisis page
Yemen: We can only do our best“People can’t feed their children” - read this heartbreaking blog by a CARE field officer in Yemen...My name is Falmata Ali from northeast Nigeria. I am fighting for my children to grow up.