What we do for communities

CARD tackles underlying causes of poverty so that people can become self-sufficient. Recognizing that women and children suffer disproportionately from poverty, CARD places special emphasis on working with women to create permanent social change. Women are at the heart of CARD'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. CARD also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.


Economic development

CARD's economic development program will assist impoverished families by supporting moneymaking activities, especially those operated by women. CARD intends to initiate community savings-and-loan programs and provide technical training to help people begin or expand small businesses that will increase family income.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

CARD helps families produce more food and increase their income while managing their natural resources. CARD works with farmers to increase their crop yields through activities such as planting new seed varieties, and home gardening. Food security can be created by growing vegetables, root, tuber or paddy rice. Aqua culture and animal husbandry will also add to this. Basic farming education should be available to enable the people to succeed.
A school gardening program will enable students to develop the basic interest in the agriculture sector at the primary and secondary levels. Produce from the school gardens will be used to supplement the food ration distributed by the World Food Program (WFP) under the school feeding program of the United Nations.

Emergency Relief

The fight against poverty is never more difficult than in times of crisis. Our projects will directly assist survivors of natural disasters and conflict through both immediate relief and longer-term community rehabilitation, including food, temporary shelter, clean water, sanitation services, medical care, reproductive health services, and seeds and tools. CARD also is increasingly focused on post-conflict rehabilitation programming in Liberia and the surrounding regions.


CARD is dedicated to securing basic education for all. Learning attacks poverty at its roots. Educated people can make thoughtful and informed decisions that will positively affect their lives, their families, their communities and their world. Mothers are more likely to have healthier children and higher incomes. Today we work alongside communities, governments and partner organizations at many levels to address all aspects of basic education. Our approach is to improve the quality of education; linking education programs to interventions in health, nutrition and livelihoods to better address reasons why children are out of school; involving communities in assessing and overcoming their unique barriers to learning; and conducting broad campaigns that promote the right to education for all people.


A family cannot be economically healthy if it is not physically healthy. CARD's health projects will focus on mothers and children, who often are the most vulnerable to disease and malnutrition. CARD is focused on interventions such as nutrition, education and the prevention, detection and treatment of STDs, including HIV/AIDS.

Water and sanitation

CARD helps communities build and maintain clean water systems and latrines. The goal of these projects is to reduce the health risks of water-related diseases and to increase the earning potential of households by saving time otherwise spent gathering water. Projects also include educating people about good hygiene habits to reduce the risk of illness. Installing water pumps will provide for clean drinking water.


We believe that our HIV/AIDS programs will provide information and services to vulnerable groups while addressing the underlying factors that lead people to make choices that put them at risk of infection. CARD'S HIV/AIDS programs links with our other sectors: health, education and economic development. This helps communities care for children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS by developing peer education and outreach in communities. Advocacy on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized populations is also an important part of our work.

Cross-Cutting Initiatives

CARD's cross-cutting initiatives span across the breadth of our program sectors to tackle the underlying causes of poverty, with special emphasis on working with women and girls to create lasting social change. For example, CARD Youth for Social Change Initiative, uses the convening power of dialogue and sport activities as a medium to minimize the effects of poverty on youth while working to advance gender equality, develop life skills, promote health education, provide psychosocial support and create income-generating activities.



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The international NGO ACDI/VOCA and CARD expand their farmer training program in Montserrado county.

The international NGO ACDI/VOCA and CARD have educated farmers in Montserrado County.

CARD's follow-up project for NRC evaluated as successful and effective.

CARD has funded the development of a simple website for the Calvery Orphanage Mission in Barnersville Township, Liberia, to enable them to have an Internet presence.
The Calvery Mission