CARE began operations in Mozambique in 1986 with emergency assistance and food distribution for people who were affected by the protracted war between government and rebel forces. From 1990 to 1994, CARE expanded its project portfolio to include disaster recovery and development activities. Following the end of the war in 1992, CARE focused on implementing long-term development projects in the areas of agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene, microcredit and savings, maternal and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS. CARE is currently working in Nampula, Inhambane, Cabo Delgado, and Maputo focusing on the following sectors: local water management, sanitation and hygiene, natural resource management and food security, health and HIV/AIDS, microfinance, and governance. Through our combined programs and partners we reach approximately 1.5 million people. It is important to note that women are often the most vulnerable to shocks and the most marginalized. Hence, they often suffer the most from natural emergencies and not able to participate as fully in development efforts unless deliberate, strategic actions are taken. This has long-term implications for overall development and ability to reduce poverty if those most marginalized do not participate in the processes.