CARE International in Kenya (CIK) is a development and humanitarian organization with a goal to reduce poverty at the household level, and to provide relief in emergencies.
CIK has been operational in Kenya since 1968. We currently carry out major initiatives in Refugee and Emergency Operations, Health, Livelihoods, Water and Sanitation and in HIV/AIDS. We are one of the lead agencies under the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)and the World Food Programme (WFP), for water and hygiene, food distribution and basic education in Dagahaley camp, one of three such camps in Dadaab, along the Kenya-Somalia border.
CARE also carries out significant activities in livelihoods (group savings and loans, water and sanitation), civil society organizational strengthening, and environmental services. Our main office is in Nairobi, and our priority regions are Nyanza Province (with a sub-office in Kisumu and projects in Siaya, Kisii and Nyamira), Kibera in Nairobi, North Eastern Province(sub-offices in Garissa, Dadaab and Takaba) and Marsabit and Embu in Eastern Province.
The CARE Kenya Country Office has been operational since 1968 when it signed its first Basic Country Agreement with the Kenya Government. As one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the country, CARE has provided over $200 million in aid and development assistance to Kenyans.
CARE International traces its roots back to 1945, when 22 American organizations combined forces to rush emergency food rations in the form of 'CARE Packages' to the starving survivors of World War II in Europe. Thousands of Americans, including United States President Harry S. Truman, contributed to the effort. On May 11, 1946, the first 20,000 packages reached the battered port of Le Havre, France.
Some 100 million more CARE Packages reached people in need during the next two decades, first in Europe and later in Asia and other parts of the developing world.
Today, CARE International is a consortium of 12 member countries. The oldest members are CARE USA and CARE Canada (of which CARE Kenya is a part of), which were established in 1945 and 1946 respectively. The other eleven member countries are Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, and Thailand.
The organization has always been known as "CARE" but the meaning behind the letters has changed as its scope has broadened. When it was founded in 1945, CARE stood for "Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe." Today, with a presence in more than 60 countries around the world, CARE stands for "Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc."