Respond to armed conflict and internal displacement by helping to protect vulnerable people and meet their basic needs for water and food. Strengthen their resilience by improving access to resources, supporting economic development and promoting human rights.
The Central African Republic (CAR), one of the world's poorest countries, has been described by the United Nations High Commissioner as "the most neglected crisis in the world."
Plagued by poor governance and corruption, CAR has been trapped in a cycle of conflict and underdevelopment for years. Most Central Africans live hand to mouth and find it extremely difficult to amass assets or plan for long-term economic activities. Women are especially at high risk for gender-based violence. Basic services such as clean water, education and health care are minimal.
After a violent coup d'etat in March 2013, the humanitarian situation has deteriorated further. An absence of rule of law prevails throughout the country, and conflict has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and forced thousands more to become refugees in neighboring countries.
- Emergency response: Providing immediate assistance to families and orphaned children who have fled LRA violence
- Women & Gender: Operating four resource centers that offer medical care, counseling and legal services for victims of gender-based violence
- Children & Youth: Leading play therapy and child protection communities that help kids heal from traumatic violence and guard against sexual exploitation and STDs
- Economic opportunity: Training women in income-generating activities and start village savings and loans groups
- Agriculture & Food: Working with 60 agricultural groups to promote their access to transport, quality seeds and credit; increasing production of staple foods like maize and peanuts and add more profitable crops like potatoes and onions for improved income
- Water: Rehabilitating wells, building new reservoirs and improving springs that provide clean water to more than 100,000 people
- Conflict & Governance: Strengthening community organizations to monitor human rights, connect with the government, and encourage citizens to engage with local political processes
All stories about Central African Republic
Central African Republic: Feeding a Family November 5, 2008
Every morning, Sophie Gbellet arrives at her open-air market stall to sell bottles of palm oil, homemade peanut butter, onions, mushrooms and caterpillars — a local delicacy in Bouar, one of the largest cities in one of the poorest countries on the planet.
Central African Republic: Gathering around the well October 15, 2008
People come together to build new water sources that will help the community and the displaced families who have arrived seeking refuge.
Central African Republic: Distributing seeds and feeding families October 15, 2008
Starting at the source, we're helping people make the most of their agricultural livelihoods.
Central African Republic: A Devastating Return October 19, 2007
Program Officer John Hanson served as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) in Central African Republic (CAR) from April 1992 until May 1996. He lived and worked for the first two years in the small village of Pata Maraba, about 40 miles north of the capital, Bangui.
Central African Republic: A Sad Show of Hands August 1, 2007
Central African Republic (CAR) is a former French colony, about the same size as Texas. Located in the heart of Africa, its neighbors are some of the continent's most unstable and violent countries: Sudan, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo.