Presence of CARE in the World and how it arrives to Peru 50 years ago
We are an international organization in more than 100 countries and generating a positive impact on more than 433 million people through 1,349 projects under development. We have more than 75 years of experience worldwide, and we have been promoting equal opportunities for girls, adolescents, and women for 50 years in Peru.
Our goal is to build a world of hope, tolerance, and social justice, in which poverty is overcome and all people can live with dignity and safety. In this sense, to end poverty, girls and women are at the center of the strategy in all our interventions because we know that all people must have the same rights and opportunities.
Indeed, the core of our programmatic approach includes overarching goals such as addressing the underlying causes of poverty and achieving social justice. Also, we have an organizational commitment to achieve lasting changes in the lives of the most vulnerable people, either through our humanitarian work or our interventions in favor of development. By 2030 we want to be leaders in innovation and in the use of data, evidence, and technology to generate positive impacts. At the same time, we seek to develop a more diverse, inclusive, and effective network that allows us to contribute more to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We have three institutional approaches:
- We know that eliminating gender inequality and empowering women are effective strategies to reduce poverty and social injustice.
- We promote the empowerment of girls and women.
- We work with boys and men to transform unequal power relations and to eradicate harmful social norms and practices, especially gender-based violence.
- We particularly emphasize strengthening the voice of girls and women hence they can decide and influence the issues that affect their lives.
- Together with our partners and allies worldwide, we will be a strong voice that promotes and strengthens the participation of women in different spaces.
We promote participation and dialogue for inclusion in three key areas:
- Support the poorest and most marginalized people so that they know and act on their rights and represent their interests.
- Influence those in positions of power (government, traditional leaders, and private sector) to act responsibly and be held accountable.
- Mediate spaces for dialogue between the poorest people and those with power.
We strengthen the capacity of poor people to adapt to crisis, manage growing risks, address the underlying causes of vulnerability and transform their lives in response to new hazards and opportunities.
All the interventions we carry out are aligned with the following values:
We act and speak honestly, transparently and responsibly, both individually and collectively. Therefore, we clearly share our results, stories and lessons.
We value the contribution of the people involved in the organization. We watch over their dignity and respect for their potential.
We know that by embracing differences, actively including a variety of voices, and working together we can solve the world's most complex problems.
We seek the highest levels of learning and performance to achieve greater impact.
We believe that each human being has the same value, as well as the importance of respecting and honoring each individual. We know that change happens through people.
We work effectively to serve the global community.
50 years in Peru
The country was struggling to overcome the devastation left by the Ancash earthquake when CARE arrived in Peru on August 31, 1970. From the beginning, the intervention demanded, due to the nature and magnitude of the tragedy, the commitment to carry out permanent work, with high doses of empathy and with a vision for the future that transcends reconstruction alone.
With this perspective, in addition to humanitarian aid and infrastructure rehabilitation, we began to promote capacity building among local authorities and social organizations. Since then, this line of work has remained in force, although now with a broader approach aligned with the country’s new needs, the global climate crisis, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
During this half century of hard work, we have always stood by women who achieved greater economic independence and who broke the cycle of poverty with their families. In the same way, we have stood alongside empowered girls who today access education with a gender perspective and who demand spaces free of violence.
The participants have faced various difficulties in each project, and they have also known the enormous satisfaction of knowing that they can transform their environments. They are the confirmation that development can and must – with the right synergies – overcome the boundaries of good intentions to create achievable realities.