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The scope of CARE's mission has changed considerably since its founding, when 22 American organizations came together to rush life-saving "CARE packages" to survivors of the Second World War. On May 11, 1946, with help from Canada, 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.

CARE is Canada’s global force dedicated to defending dignity and fighting poverty by empowering the world's most vulnerable and greatest resource for change : women and girls. CARE Canada’s staff – many of whom are Canadian, but most of whom are citizens of the countries where CARE works – help strengthen communities through an array of programmes that work to create lasting solutions to root causes of poverty.

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