CARE was founded in 1945, when 22 American organizations came together to rush lifesaving CARE Packages to survivors of World War II. Thousands of Americans, including President Harry S. Truman, contributed to the effort. On May 11, 1946, the first 15,000 packages reached the battered port of Le Havre, France.
These early packages were U.S. Army surplus “10-in-1” food parcels intended to provide one meal for 10 soldiers during the planned invasion of Japan. They obtained them at the end of the war and began a service that let Americans send the packages to friends and families in Europe, where millions were in danger of starvation. Ten dollars bought a CARE Package and guaranteed that its addressee would receive it within four months.
CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.
They seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security.
They put women and girls in the center because they know that they cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities.
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