Papua New Guinea is richly endowed with natural resources, but is hampered by its rugged terrain and the high cost of developing infrastructure. More than 80% of the population live in rural areas, with limited access to health centers, education and agricultural services.
Women living in rural PNG suffer from poverty even more. They work long hours but are rarely involved in decision-making and have little control over the money they earn or the land they farm. Almost two-thirds of these women are also victims of violence.
CARE works with communities to manage natural resources and increase crop diversity. We help communities access non-formal education and small grants, and find innovative ways to earn a living. We provide training and support in governance, gender awareness, health and nutrition, and HIV prevention and care. All our programs address gender-based violence and aim to increase women’s opportunities to participate and thrive.
CARE has worked in PNG since 1989.