Giving relief is difficult especially when the goal is
to generate positive human response. The recipient readily comes to feel obligated,
dependent and ill at ease about the relationship. The challenge to the donor is to fortify
rather than inhibit self-reliance. Working wherever possible through local agencies in
eight countries and two colonies in Asia, the COOPERATIVE FOR AMERICAN RELIEF EVERYWHERE,
known as CARE, has managed this delicate assignment with sensitivity and a continuing
concern for long-term results.
Inaugurated in November 1945 as a cooperative of American private charitable and service
organizations to send food parcels to the starving in war-ravaged Europe, CARE soon
broadened its scope, changing the "E" to Everywhere. Discovering that an equal
need was for the means to self-help, CARE aid began emphasizing plows, technical books and
much else that man needs for his productive efforts. As food commodities became available
from the U.S. Government, which also paid for most of the freight, CARE took
responsibility for a vast international feeding program. In March 1962 MEDICO became a
service of CARE, adding a new dimension to the assault on hunger, poverty and disease.
Filipino children numbering yearly some four million in 27,000 elementary and pre-schools
benefit from the free lunch program of CARE and the Bureau of Public Schools. Blending
powdered milk and cornmeal, teachers are distributing a nutritious supplement to guard the
younger generation against the intellectually numbing hazards that scientists have
uncovered in a protein deficient diet. Sprayers for fruit and tobacco growers, 3,000
transistor radios distributed to barrios, woodworking tools for vocational schools, and
vita-pops (vitamin fortified buns) for orphans in institutions are but a few of CARE's
contributions. In South Vietnam, war refugees are given soap, vitamins, textile packages
and sewing kits by CARE and are helped to become self-supporting with seeds, irrigation
equipment, livestock, and tools for carpenters, masons and blacksmiths. When famine
threatened millions in India two years ago, CARE was among the agencies that helped with
effective emergency food aid.
Now representing 26 American agencies CARE, in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1967,
distributed in 32 countries US$99,194,128 worth of food, supplies and equipment. From its
founding to date its contributions have exceeded one billion dollars in value. Costs of
administering this service have been kept to approximately seven per cent. Accomplishing
this immense task with a modest budget and insuring integrity in use sets a standard for
constructive relief. It also is heartening reassurance for the many in Asia who benefit to
know that others care.
In electing the COOPERATIVE FOR AMERICAN RELIEF EVERYWHERE to receive the 1968 Ramon
Magsaysay Award for International Understanding, the Board of Trustees recognizes its
constructive humanitarianism, fostering dignity among the needy in Asia and on three other
continents for over 22 years.