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Students are pictured at a school in Afghanistan where, like at Malay's school, CARE also established a school library.

"Every literate villager is really interested to use the books," Malay said of her school library. "Now I can see many changes at my village level and it seems that the culture of studying has been promoted in our village."

Donate now to help CARE bring education & poverty-fighting resources to villages like Malay's, and your gift will be doubled until Dec. 31! http://bit.ly/fyBbNR

Photo credits: 2006 David Rochkind/CARE

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In this photo, Maria washes clothes to earn an income to feed her children and provide them shelter after her husband disappeared and left them with nothing.

She found hope when she joined a CARE group. "I participated in all meetings of the group and transferred what I learned about women's and children's rights and family law to other women as we washed people's clothes," she said. "I learned that a woman is not helpless; a woman is the key to her own development when she is aware and supported."

Donate now to help women like Maria access the resources to become financially independent and lead their families out of poverty http://bit.ly/glLLIY

Photo credits: 2010 Mazari Waziri/CARE

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Although Loko lost her first child, she eventually gave birth to a baby girl. However, she suffered from fistula before, during and after the birth, which she contracted after three days of labor with her stillborn child.

Of her fistula, Loko said, "I finally had one daughter but could not predict what her future would be like. At this time I really felt powerless, and every day and night I burst into tears. I prayed my God every day to help me recover from this misery. I swore that if ever I got any type of treatment which makes me feel like a woman again, I will spread this message to the community: 'Never let any woman of the community suffer from the problem I faced.'"

After suffering for seven years, CARE's Healthy Unions project helped Loko access treatment for her fistula.

Donate now to help CARE implement and maintain projects like Healthy Unions, that keep women healthy and empower them to lead the way out of poverty, and your gift will be matched until Dec. 31! http://bit.ly/gaZE9V

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Students like Maria eagerly await the newest issue of Lafaek in Dili, East Timor. The magazine is part of the Lafaek Child Rights program that CARE supports. This same program sponsors the annual competition that inspired Maria to stay in school.

Maria entered the competition in her fourth grade class, drawing a picture and writing, "In the future, I want to become a teacher because I really want to help my students and understand what they really need."

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A woman in Angola poses next to the sign for her ice cream business, which she was able to launch with the help of a savings and loan plan, similar to what the Darara group provides for its members.

Thanks to the community set up of the Darara group, they were able to invest in 4 bulls and sell animal feed to increase their budget.

Donate to CARE to help us continue our work empowering women around the world http://bit.ly/g52axQ


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A woman in Pakistan, who also fled her home due to flooding, sits on a rope bed similar to the one Belqis was forced to sleep on at 8 months pregnant.

Donate to CARE to allow us to continue our work in maternal health, allowing women like Belqis to have safe deliveries, and to support our poverty-fighting programs around the world. http://bit.ly/efC866

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The CARE trained Kebele leader, Wario Djilo, considers child marriage to be criminal and considers it his personal responsibility to prevent child marriage for Dhaki and all other girls in his village in Ethiopia. He has organized public conferences to raise community awareness, school awareness activities targetting young girls and their parents and school clubs to empower students to speak out against these harmful practices.

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"I want to study, I don't want to marry. I want to become a doctor," 9-year-old Dhaki, after her father sentenced her to a life of poverty by forcing her to drop out of school and marry and older man. Luckily, a CARE trained volunteer stepped in and saved her from the marriage.

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Meliya Abdella had an arranged marriage at 14 and became a mother at 15. Now she's 19 years old and nine months pregnant. But it’s not her firstborn who is malnourished, it’s Meliya herself. She receives food so the baby’s death doesn’t start the day of its birth.

“All that I have, I give to my daughter,” says Meliya, who also will receive an 18 kilogram food ration from the government for her family. “I know I have to eat for my baby, but I just don’t know what to do right now.”

Donate now to help families like Meliya's escape hunger and poverty for good http://bit.ly/e8uLmD

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Abebu Shimelis, a 25-year-old who looks twice her age, has five children aged seven months to 10 years. Like over 90 percent of women in the countryside, she delivered them all at home.

“We really don’t have anything to eat,” Abebu says. “At night my children cry a lot and go to sleep early to avoid more hunger pain.”

Like Fatuma’s family, Abebu’s family eats only Injera. On a lucky day they might split a tomato.

Help families like Abebu find the resources they need to lift themselves from hunger and poverty http://bit.ly/fIDNpT

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Second-grader Fatuma Abrahim sips milk formula to help regain her strength. She weighs about half of what she should, suffering from a severe protein deficiency plaguing children who aren’t getting enough to eat in Ethiopia’s drought-stricken West Hararghe.

Fatuma is 1 of 8 siblings. The day this photo was taken, she found out her sister died in their mother's arms of starvation. She will wait at the health clinic until her dad returns from her sister's funeral.

Help family's like Fatuma's escape hunger and lift themselves from poverty http://bit.ly/h5D9Oo

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Ten-month-old baby Farida is severely malnourished. She struggles to even lift her head as she is being weighed at the CARE-backed health clinic in Goumbi Kano, Tahoua. Her mother Hasana said, “I have no milk for her. When she cries, I give her millet mixed with water and milk, but it does not have the nourishment she needs.”

But you can help, right on Twitter! Just watch our feed and retweet when we ask you to RT to donate. Then, watch your @ mentions for information on how to complete your donation, or just tell us that you've retweeted to donate and we'll help you with the rest.

Visit http://bit.ly/rt2givetp1122 for more information, or to donate directly.

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Western Union is donating $150,000 to the charity with the most votes on December 25. You can vote once a day until then. Imagine how far $150,000 will go supporting CARE's programs in more than 70 countries around the world saving the lives of mothers and babies, educating girls to change their world, teaching women financial independence and empowering girls and women to lift themselves from poverty.

Vote now at http://bit.ly/tp1122

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Ten-month-old Farida was severely malnourished during Niger's food crisis this spring until she arrived at a CARE-supported clinic.

Later this week, CARE is kicking off a Thanksgiving Hunger Drive with RT2Give. You can register for your free account at http://bit.ly/bbsNE7 . Remember, even though you will be asked for your credit card information, you will not be charged at this time!

Once you're registered, watch CARE's Twitter account for tweets asking you to retweet to give. When you retweet, you'll be sent a direct message asking you to confirm your donation. That way, you'll always be in control of when and how much you donate.

Watch this quick video from for more information on how to donate on Twitter http://bit.ly/8ZETbh .

Photo Credits: 2010 Kathryn Richards/CARE

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Ali Chitoumou with his wife Aminatou and some of their children in Niger during this spring's food crisis. Four of their kids had left the village to try to find food and work elsewhere.

Next week, CARE is kicking off a Thanksgiving Hunger Drive with RT2Give. You can register for your free account at http://bit.ly/bbsNE7 Remember, even though you will be asked for your credit card information, you will not be charged at this time!

Once you're registered, watch CARE's Twitter account for tweets asking you to retweet to give. When you retweet, you'll be sent a direct message asking you to confirm your donation. That way, you'll always be in control of when and how much you donate.

Watch this quick video from for more information on how to donate on Twitter http://bit.ly/8ZETbh

Photo credits: 2010 Ida Sem Fossvik/CARE

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Rajab and his family make the journey through several feet of water for an hour and a half to see the remains of their destroyed home in Pakistan.

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Barry Bibata is president of MMD Federation #2. She is a founding member and secretary of the Democratic Gathering of Women in Niger, which organized the historical march at the Nigerian president's residence on May 13, 1990. As a result, May 13 was declared the National Day of Nigerian women.

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We asked our Twitter followers to watch the 2010 World Humanitarian Day video and post a photo of a word that describes them. We've gathered them all in this image, as a portrait of who we are as CARE advocates and global humanitarians.

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What word describes you, and how does that make you a humanitarian? Write it down on a blank piece of paper, snap a photo and post. We'll RT.

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Relief is on the way #Pakistan

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