CARE assisted people in Chad, Mali, and Niger, with early response programs since December 2011. CARE's response was intended to reach one million people to cover their immediate needs and to help them become more resistant to the impacts of the crisis. CARE’s emergency response and recovery program provided access to food, training to nurses to identify and treat malnutrition, improved water and sanitation, and the promotion of hygiene. In parallel to the emergency response, CARE is continuing its long-term development projects (such as women-led saving groups and cereal banks) which make people better equipped to handle future crises on their own.
With funds raised by the Humanitarian Coalition, CARE worked in the Biltine, Kobe, and Wadi Fira regions of Chad to meet the needs of vulnerable people with the large-scale feeding of 72,000 women and children under the age of six. CARE Canada succeeded in repairing 47 existing hand-pumps in 20 villages. Care also distributed 5,000 (2500 more than expected) clean containers to women responsible for water collection, provided hygiene awareness sessions around water points and distributed seeds and tools to 2,000 vulnerable households.