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Meet two of the members of a CARE-supported village savings and loan group in Tanzania. The group puts part of its savings aside for emergency health transportation. They save money to purchase and maintain emergency tricycles that are used to carry women to the clinic or hospital in case of emergencies during pregnancy or childbirth. #CAREmen

Photo credits: 2008 Sarah Blizzard/CARE

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Meet Peter Kakuru. He's working to support his wife and seven children in Uganda. As a participant in CARE's Livelihoods, Enterprises for Agricultural Development (LEAD) project, CARE helps link Peter and other community members to markets to sell their products and enhance their income. #CAREmen

Photo credits: 2010 Tracy C. Kajumba/CARE

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Meet Peter Kakuru. He's a married man supporting his wife and seven children. He's a project participant in CARE's Livelihoods, Enterprises for Agricultural Development (LEAD) project, which helps link the community to markets to sell their products and enhance their income.

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Meet Mohamed Ahmed (right), who runs a CARE partner NGO dedicated to teaching street kids soccer in Kenya. James Kamuyu (left) is the head of referees. #CAREmen

Photo credits: 2009 Allen Clinton/CARE

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Faustin, his wife Leonie and their two sons shell beans at their home in Burundi. Faustin and Leonie found love and equality in their marriage after Faustin discovered a CARE-facilitated men's group that taught men to value and respect women as equal partners.

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In the photo above, Faustin and his wife Leonie return home from working together in the field in their town in Burundi.

Faustin used to abuse his wife and refuse to participate in household tasks. But after he was inspired by a CARE-facilitated men's group, he respects Leonie and treats her as an equal.

Photo credits: 2007 Brian David Melnyk/CARE

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Growing up in Burundi, Faustin observed his father, who was frequently drunk, abusing his mother. Faustin looked up to his father and one day hoped to be like him.

"I saw him as a supreme authority -- a 'president' in his household -- because everybody in our house, my mother included, trembled when he spoke. I told myself that one day, I would get married so that I could also have a woman and children to give orders to," he says.

Sure enough, when Faustin married Leonie, he physically abused her and relegated her to hard labor. Keep watching our Twitter feed today to see how CARE helped him form a loving and respectful relationship with his wife.

Photo credits: 2007 Brian David Melnyk/CARE

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When women and girls earn an income, they reinvest 90% of it back into their families. Send a virtual CARE Package today, and drag and drop lifesaving items as shown above, like a garden toolkit including a spade, watering can and other tools to improve crop production and income, into your personal CARE Package.

Click here to watch a quick video on how to use the CARE Package application, and send your own: http://bit.ly/lhfKHA

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Studies have shown that with each year of primary education a girl receives, she can boost her earnings by 10 to 20 percent later in life. Send a virtual CARE Package today, and drag and drop lifesaving items as shown above, like the resources to send a girl to school, into your personal package.

Click here to watch a quick video on how to use the CARE Package application, then send your own: http://bit.ly/m8e5o6

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In Afghanistan, giving birth is 200 times more likely to kill a woman than bullets or bombs. Send a virtual CARE Package today, and drag and drop lifesaving items as shown above, like the resources to equip a birthing center, into your personal package.

Click here to watch a quick video on how to use the CARE Package application, then send your own: http://bit.ly/iU9qrL

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In the 1950s, the CARE Package drew support from a wide range of celebrities, most notably film legend Ingrid Bergman. Send your own CARE Package to empower women and girls in poverty today: http://bit.ly/isZkdn

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Vote for Chandra's t-shirt. If it wins, it will be sold in Guess stores and proceeds will got to CARE! Vote here: http://bit.ly/kYhHqn

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CARE Action Network Chair, Alison Johnson, organized an in-district meeting with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) on April 27 in her Bangor office. She was joined by several CARE supporters, including participants from the 2011 CARE Conference.

They discussed the importance of U.S. funding for international affairs as well as increasing access to education for girls.

Senator Collins said she receives phone calls from people asking for the Foreign Assistance budget to be reduced from 10% to 5% of the U.S. budget. In reality, the Foreign Assistance budget is less than 1%.

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In war-torn Afghanistan, a woman’s risk of maternal death is one in eight during her lifetime, and 16.5 percent of children die before reaching their first birthday.

CARE's Opportunities for Mother and Infant Development (OMID) project in Afghanistan is improving maternal and newborn healthy for more than 10,000 women and their children in the Kabul area. The project aims to improve women's access to health services and monitor progress in the number of women who receive prenatal, birth and postnatal health care.

Donate now to support CARE's lifesaving and lifechanging programs improving maternal health and fighting global poverty: http://bit.ly/hs2nRA

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Hakizimana Claudine, 23, is a single mother with four children. She was begging and selling sex to try to support her family. With the help of CARE's Ishaka project she now makes bricks and sells cassava flour to support her family.

Photo credits: 2010 Ntacobakimvuna Domitille/CARE

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Fatima, 16, holds her five-month-old daughter, Samira, up at the home of Fatima's mother-in-law in Kabul, Afghanistan. A community-based educator has been helping Fatima and her sister-in-law with information on how to raise healthy children.

Photo Credits: 2006 Lynn Heinisch/CARE

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Kunti, 28, a new mother holds her 11 day old baby for his first vaccination during a Nutrition and Health Day meeting in the village of Irikpal in Chhattisgarh state, India August 8, 2006.

Photo credits: 2006 Ami Vitale/CARE

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Nelida Inga Aguilal, from Pacapaca, holds her one day old baby boy. The Center De Salud in Tambo, Peru is a success story for CARE. Ninety-four percent of the people in the community now use the clinic and since the introduction of the Femme Project, for maternal health, infant deaths have dropped dramatically.

Photo credits: 2006 Jessica Wunderlich/CARE

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Meliya Abdella had an arranged marriage at 14 and became a mother at 15. Now 19 years old and nine months pregnant she wants to start attending family planning meetings at a nearby CARE-supported health clinic. When people in Ethiopia like Meliya gain more control over family size and quality of life, then fewer lives will hang in the balance each time a drought occurs and food prices soar.

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Montana advocates meeting w/ staff from Senator Baucus's office