Kappa Phi Lambda’s national philanthropy is CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere). CARE is an international humanitarian organization working to fight global poverty, and it focuses on working with women to improve basic education, end gender-based violence, provide healthcare and nutrition, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, protect natural resources, and deliver emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters. CARE was founded in 1945 when 22 American organizations united to rush lifesaving “CARE” packages to World War II survivors. In May of 1946, 15,000 packages were delivered to France, containing U.S. army meal parcels. After World War II, CARE continued on in their mission to provide relief for other communities in poverty and in dangerous situations as they focused on more long-term projects in addition to their service to provide emergency aid. Today, CARE places special emphasis on working alongside women because the organization believes that given the right resources, women have the power to raise their community out of poverty. Improving basic education, preventing the spread of HIV, increasing access to clean water, expanding economic opportunity, and protecting natural resources are all part of CARE’s efforts.
For more information about CARE, please visit their website at http://www.care.org.
Our chapter’s local philanthropy is CATW (Coalition Against Trafficking in Women). Founded in 1988, CATW is an international non-governmental organization that works to end human trafficking and the commercial exploitation of women and children. With coalitions set up in 15 major countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America, CATW engages in: advocating for the rights of victims and sex workers through legislation, educating communities about the prevalence and dangers of human trafficking, and providing services such as therapy, legal services, and housing for victims. To learn more about CATW, please visit their website at http://www.catwinternational.org/.
Every semester, we put together our CARE for CATW Philanthropy Week where we dedicate our time and efforts to raise awareness and funds for our two philanthropies. In the past, we have held Raise Your Voice , a musical competition to give our voices to the victims of human trafficking who cannot speak and stand up for themselves and Chopped , a food competition to draw awareness to countries in poverty. We also host a Service Auction as a way to illustrate what consent looks like and donate all proceeds to CARE and CATW.