Presence of CARE in the world and
how it arrived in Peru

We are an international organization present in 102 countries. We directly reach more than 100,237,877 people around the world through our 1,495 development projects. We have more than 75 years of global experience, and we have been working in Peru for 51 years to achieve a country of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty will have been overcome and all people live with dignity and security. 

 All our interventions focus on girls and women, placing them at the center of the strategy, because we know that all people must have the same rights and opportunities in order to end poverty. The primary goal of addressing the underlying poverty causes and achieving social justice is at the core of our programmatic approach. As an organization, we are committed to contributing to lasting change in the lives of the most vulnerable people, whether through our humanitarian work or our development interventions. 

 By 2030, we intend to be leaders in innovation and in use of data, evidence and technology to generate impact. At CARE Peru we seek to develop a more diverse, inclusive and effective network that allows us to contribute to a greater extent to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

We have three institutional approaches:

  Gender equality 
  • We know that eliminating gender inequality and empowering women are effective strategies to reduce poverty and social injustice.
  • We promote girls and women’s empowerment.
  • We work with boys and men to transform unequal power relations, as well as to eradicate harmful social norms and practices, especially gender-based violence.
  • We place particular emphasis on strengthening the voice of girls and women so that they can decide and influence the issues that affect their lives.
  • Together with our partners and allies at a global level, we strengthen our voice to promote the participation of women in different spaces.
  Inclusive governance
  • We promote participation and dialogue based on actions in three key areas for inclusion: 

1) Support the poorest and most marginalized people so that they know and act on their rights and represent their interests.
2) Influence those in power positions —governors and traditional and private sector leaders— to act responsibly and to account.
3) Mediate spaces for dialogue between the poorest people and those in a power position.

  • We strengthen poor people’s capacity to adapt to crises, manage increasing risks, address the underlying causes of vulnerability and transform their lives; all this, in response to new dangers and opportunities.

All our interventions are aligned with the following values and address one or more of the following issues: promoting food security, raising educational quality, and providing vulnerable populations with greater access to health services. Similarly, we promote the economic empowerment of women, access to water in a context of climate change, and risk and emergency management. 

Our values

51 years in Peru

When CARE arrived in Peru on August 31, 1970, the country was struggling to overcome the devastation left by the Ancash earthquake. Due to the tragedy nature and size, the intervention demanded commitment towards permanent work, with high doses of empathy and with a vision of the future that went beyond 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. This line of work has remained current since then. However it now has a broader focus aligned to new needs in the country, the global climate crisis and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

 CARE Peru has implemented more than 1,000 projects focused on the social development of our country during these 51 years. They have allowed changing the lives of many Peruvians. We have always been at the side of women who achieved greater economic independence and who broke the circle of poverty with their families, as well as with empowered girls who today have access to education with a gender approach and who demand free-of-violence spaces. 

 Participants in each project have faced various difficulties, but they have also learned the enormous satisfaction of knowing that they can transform their environments. They are the confirmation that, with the right synergies, development can and must go beyond the frontiers of good intentions to create attainable realities.