Reaching New Heights: SHOUHARDO Report

Reaching New Heights – Literally!

When the results of an innovative program in Bangladesh to fight child malnutrition came back, the results were shocking.

Helping Children Survive - and Thrive

This year, more than 7 million children will die before they turn 5 years old.

The Case for Measuring Women’s Empowerment

Economists and nutrition experts from around the world were shocked at the numbers coming out of Bangladesh. They had never seen anything like the results of a program designed to fight malnutrition and improve the lives of more than two million of the country's poorest people. Stunting, a measure of the shortfall in a child’s growth due to malnutrition, had plummeted 28 percent from February 2006 to November 2009, even as Bangladesh suffered a crop-crushing cyclone and food-price spikes caused by global grain shortages. The annual stunting decrease was nearly double the average for U.S. government food security projects of this kind. The single most effective intervention? Women's empowerment.

Voices from the Families of SHOUHARDO

As told through the voices of the project participants, the program's focus on economic development, family planning, prevention of child marriage, women's empowerment and nutrition are just a few of the ways SHOUHARDO has been successful in combating the effects of poverty.

Where We Work

CARE works in 84 countries around the world to support nearly 1,000 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian-aid projects.