In pictures: 70 years of CARE

By CARE Australia November 23, 2015 0 comments
An Austrian girl poses with a "Thank You" sign after her family received a CARE package.

An Austrian girl says thank you on behalf of her family. ©CARE

Did you know European nations were some of the first to receive international aid? Or that Ronald Reagan and Donald Duck have lent their voices to CARE’s poverty-fighting agenda? To commemorate our 70th birthday this 27 November, we look back on seven decades of CARE in pictures. 

CARE was founded in 1945, when 22 organisations came together to rush life-saving CARE packages to survivors of World War II. These packages contained food and basic supplies for families facing hunger and poverty in post-war Europe.

A photo of a typical CARE package sent back in the 1950s.
Typical CARE packages contained items such as coffee, flour, rice, canned milk, sugar and bars of soap. © CARE
A photo of a typical CARE package sent back in the 1950s.
Original CARE packages were US Army surplus "10-in-1" food parcels, originally intended to provide one meal for ten soldiers. ©

These early packages were US Army surplus “10-in-1” food parcels, originally intended to provide one meal for ten soldiers. When the parcels ran out, CARE began assembling its own food packages, greatly assisted by donations from companies. The first package was sent in May 1946. As war-affected countries recovered, CARE’s work shifted from Europe to the developing world. Over the next two decades some 100 million CARE packages were sent to those in need.

An Austrian girl poses with a "Thank You" sign after her family received a CARE package.
An Austrian girl says thank you on behalf of her family. ©CARE
A historical photo of Dutch orphans being fed with CARE packages.
A nurse feeds Dutch orphans thanks to CARE packages. © CARE

Later, CARE began assembling packages containing handyman tools, farming tools, seed kits, blankets, clothes, school supplies and medicine. Delivery expanded to other regions in need, including Asia and Latin America.

A historical image of a handyman CARE package.
A handyman kit CARE package. © CARE
Historical photo of a farming kit CARE package.
A farming kit CARE package. © CARE
Historical photo of a seed kit CARE package.
A seed kit CARE package. © CARE
Historical photo of a Philippines family receiving CARE packages.
Forty-one-year-old Emiliano Cristano was left paralysed after a bomb hit his workplace in the Philippines. CARE reached out to the family with food and other essentials. © CARE
Historical photo of a Japanese family receiving CARE packages.
There was no food in the house when this Japanese family received a life-saving CARE package. The children pictured had just lost their father due to an atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima. © CARE
Historical photo of Indian mothers receiving rations of flour thanks to CARE.
Rations of flour are distributed to struggling mothers in India. © CARE

Over the 70 years CARE has been assisting those in need, various celebrities and global icons have helped champion our cause including Ingrid Bergman, Ronald Reagan and Dick Clark. Even Donald Duck got into the act, thanks to Walt Disney Productions.

Historical photo of actress Ingrid Bergman championing CARE packages.
Film star Ingrid Bergman encouraged people worldwide to send CARE packages to those recovering from World War II. © CARE
Former US President Ronald Reagan also got behind the CARE cause.
Former US President Ronald Reagan also got behind the CARE cause. © CARE
Historical image of American television personality Dick Clarke with a CARE package.
American television personality Dick Clarke championed CARE packages. © CARE
Retro Walt Disney images of Donald Duck carrying CARE packages.
Walt Disney depicted iconic characters including Donald Duck carrying CARE packages. © Walt Disney Productions/CARE

After the World War II recovery efforts, CARE went on to pioneer healthcare, disaster risk reduction and long-term agricultural programs in addition to providing emergency relief during times of disaster.

Historical image of Ethiopian mother and child assisted by CARE.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s CARE responded to massive famines which swept through African countries including Ethiopia. ©CARE

Today, CARE is a leading humanitarian organisation fighting global poverty. Just this year, CARE Australia helped improve the lives of 2.3 million people in 23 countries across Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Africa. And those we help still want to thank CARE’s generous supporters.

An Indonesian girl holds up a "Thank you" sign 10 years after her family were assisted by CARE during the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
“I want to say thank you to the people in the whole wide world,” says 12-year-old Gita* from Indonesia. When the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami flattened her Indonesian village, donations from CARE supporters around the world helped her community to rebuild. © Josh Estey/CARE

While the ways in which we help have evolved considerably since we sent out our first CARE package in 1946, the reasons why we help remain unchanged. The fundamental needs of humanity are the same as 70 years ago: food, warmth, shelter, protection, peace and hope for the future. It is only then that we can all reach our full potential. On behalf of the communities in which we work, thank you for caring.

Find out more about CARE’s work or help us to continue our life-saving work by making a donation today.

*CARE is committed to being a child safe organisation. Names of children have been changed.

 

 

 

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