CARE International is a global confederation of 14 member organizations – Austria, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany-Luxemburg, India, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States – working together to end poverty.
Founded in America in 1945 after World War II, CARE first sent food aid and basic supplies in the form of CARE Packages to war-torn Europe – where millions were in danger of starvation and these goods were either heavily rationed or impossible to find. Some 100 million 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.
In 1946, the then-Prime Minister of Norway, Einar Gerhardsen, signed an agreement to receive CARE Packages. By 1950 when the last one arrived, more than 300,000 CARE Packages of food, clothing, books and toys were distributed to Norwegian families in need.
In the 1950s, CARE expanded its work providing food aid [link to: food aid page] to starving people. In the 1960s, CARE pioneered our own health program. And by the 1970s, the role of the relief and development actor was seriously established.
CARE Norway was created on September 30, 1980, with Torkild Skallerud as director.