CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources.
Dhaka is the fastest growing mega city in the world. Urban poor employment generally depends on low paid jobs. In addition, unhealthy living and working conditions have an implication on the frequency of chronic illnesses. This can be debilitating for the urban poor as illness can have an impact on both their income and productivity. These combined factors make the life of garment workers living in Dhaka extremely difficult and vulnerable. CARE has initiated a number of initiatives for the urban poor mostly targeting low paid factory workers' in urban slums that work to provide life skills education, water and sanitation support, self-help empowerment and improving their human condition and social position.