What CARE International does in Samoa
Today, CARE International’s work in Samoa is mainly through national partners with similar goals of achieving victories over widespread poverty.
CARE International has been working in the Pacific since the 90s, with offices in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and Vanuatu and projects in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Samoa. We work with and support partners across the region, including the Pacific NGO Live & Learn, the Pacific Red Cross Societies and MORDI Tonga Trust.
Samoa, made up of nine volcanic islands, is continually at risk of natural disasters, particularly with the ever-increasing impact of climate change, bringing more frequent and severe cyclones, floods, and rising sea levels. Women and men are affected by disasters in different ways.
To ensure that Samoa is enabled to support all people in times of disasters, CARE has partnered with the Samoan Red Cross Society and International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent to strengthen communities in gender awareness and programming in times of disasters. This Pacific regional approach to supporting national partners build capacity in gender and resilience programming is essential in preparing communities and government bodies for the ever-increasing risk of natural disasters.
Since 2020, CARE International has been responding to COVID-19 in Samoa. Response efforts include spreading messaging on hygiene methods for preventing COVID-19, distributing hygiene kits, and installing handwashing stations.