CARE International in Lao PDR

Mission Statement

CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.

Program Description

CARE International is a global NGO working to end poverty and achieve social-justice. We rebuild and improve the lives of the most vulnerable groups, especially women and girls who are often the most marginalised individuals in their communities and face unequal access to social and economic rights. In 2019, CARE worked in 100 countries around the world, implementing 1,036 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects, and reached more than 68 million people directly and 401 million people indirectly. CARE International in Lao PDR began its operations in 1992 and has worked since then to improve the lives of vulnerable groups in both rural and urban areas, particularly the ethnic minority communities. CARE works in partnership with community members, government, local civil society organisations, and the private sector. CARE currently implements projects in six provinces: Vientiane Capital, Phongsaly, Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Champasack and Sekong. CARE’s “Marginalized Women and Girls” program empowers women and girls to exercise their rights, to lead and make decisions, and benefit from socio-economic justice.  CARE’s two main program areas in Lao are women’s health and women’s economic empowerment.   Our health programs empower women and girls to exercise their rights to reproductive, maternal and child nutritional health for greater control over their bodies and to live a life free from violence.  Our economic empowerment programs give women and girls greater access to and control over economic opportunities, resilient resources and dignified work by promoting gender equality, fighting gender based violence and climate risk.  CARE has extensive experience and expertise in both of these areas and will continue to pursue evidence-based practices to deliver long-lasting solutions effectively and sustainably.

Contact Details

Contact Person:
Binh Vongphasouk
Country Director:
Keoamphone Souvannaphoum
Nongsangthor Rd
Nongsangthor Village, Saysettha District,
Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
P.O.Box: 4328
(+856-20) 217 727

General Info

Number of Staff

50 - 100

Average Annual Budget


In Lao PDR Since


Country of Origin


Main Programs

Sustainable Production and Ethic Responsible & Women Empowered Coffee Value Chains (SuPER WE Coffee)

Start: 01/03/2022 - End: 28/02/2026

The project has developed and adopted more resource-efficient, gender inclusive and climate change resilient production in Lao PDR and increase their integration in a greener global value chain as specialty coffee market.

Website: Link | File: SuPER WE Coffee

Green Action through Media, Mass Organization and Civil Society in Laos (GAMCIL)

Start: 01/03/2023 - End: 28/02/2027

The project helps to increase knowledge on the complexities associated with green issues and climate change in rural Laos in particular, improve digital literacy to reduce the risk of ‘’fake news, and improve the ability to utilize social media and other new technologies.

Website: Link | File: GAMCIL

Agro-Climate Information for the Adoption of Resilient Practices by Women and Ethnic Minorlity Farmers (ACIS III)

Start: 01/10/2019 - End: 30/09/2024

The project helps to improve agricultural productivity and diversity, nutrition, food security, the climate change and disaster risk finance in the context of the Insu-resilience; increase climate resilience of women and remote farmers.

Website: Link | File: ACISIII

Khoua Food Security Project (KFSP)

Start: 01/01/2022 - End: 31/12/2024

Food insecure upland ethnic communities have more secure water supply systems and increased own food production and incomes from other sources to better meet their food security needs.

Website: Link | File: KFSP

Women Empowerment for Climate Resilience (WECR)

Start: 01/01/2021 - End: 31/12/2024

The project helps to enhance the adaptation capacity of smallholder famers, particularly ethnic women in adapting to sustainable climate change through the implementation of the Community Adaptation Action Plan (CAAP).

Website: Link | File: WECR

The First 1000 Days of Life

Start: 01/01/2020 - End: 31/12/2023

The project is to improve health and nutrition status among pregnant, breast-feeding women and children age 0-2 through access and use of quality health services and community behaviors and practices.

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