Our Mission and History



"Care for Life made an enormous difference in Mbatwe. Before we were in darkness, but Care for Life showed us what needed to be done."

—Souza Chatima,

Mbatwe Village



Alleviate suffering. Promote self-reliance. Instill hope.


Care for Life is a global non-profit organization with a holistic approach to ending poverty in a sustainable way by preserving the family while encouraging and enabling the practice of self-reliance. Care for Life is not a handout or a give-away organization, but one that believes in working with people to help them take charge of their own destiny, realize their full potential, and create a culture of individual effort and responsibility.




The mission of Care for Life is to alleviate suffering, promote self-reliance, and instill hope. Founded in 2000 by Blair and Cindy Packard, Care for Life empowers people to change their lives. Care for Life is a non-profit foundation and a U.S. 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In 2002, Care for Life received non-government organization (NGO) status in Mozambique, which provides increased access and permission to operate within the country.





Preserving the family while encouraging and enabling the practice of self-reliance.

The Family Preservation Program has renewed hope for families and brightened the future of the rising generation. Care for Life invites you to take part in this remarkable story by becoming involved in the potential of a people and a country, who are struggling to lift themselves to a brighter future.

  • A devastating flood in Mozambique caused massive destruction to a country already drowning in abject poverty. When Cindy and Blair Packard heard about the destruction they knew they needed to help. Cindy travels to Mozambique to assess the situation personally.
  • Care for Life was born out of that desire by Cindy and Blair Packard to help the underprivileged of Mozambique. Cindy returns to Mozambique with Blair. After extensive research they determine that teaching the basics and foster self-reliance is what is going to bring lasting success. Lessons were created based on the “Facts for Life – 13 Essential Facts that Every One in the World Has a Right to Know” booklet published by the World Health Organization. These lessons covered topics on education, health & hygiene, as well food security and nutrition.
  • Care for Life becomes a 501(c)3 charitable organization in the USA. Emphasis was placed on education and volunteers taught lessons in schools and orphanages on malaria prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, accidents (such as fire burns), pneumonia and tuberculosis, safe motherhood, nutrition and family gardening. They also taught lessons on health and hygiene, which emphasized clean water and latrine placement to prevent diarrhea.

  • Care for Life received non-government organization (NGO) status in Mozambique.
  • Mozambican headquarters are established in Manga, Mozambique.

  • A Learning Center is established and classes begin to be taught with topics on health, education, agriculture and income generation.
  • With the help of a local nurse, a small clinic opened to assist pregnant mothers and babies.

  • First staff members are hired in Mozambique.
  • Classes begin to be taught in the villages directly, in order to reach thousands of people. By the end of the year Care for Life is present in five villages. Care for Life is also teaching over 40,000 children (ages 8–14) in schools in the province of Sofala.

  • João Bueno, Program Development Director, is hired.
  • João and the Mozambican team create an expanded holistic and connected curriculum that focused on families and that can be taken to entire villages. The Family Preservation Program is born!
  • The implementation of the Family Preservation Program starts in Mbatwe, only a short distance from the headquarters in Manga.

  • The Family Preservation Program thrives and expands (Mungassa and Inhamizua join).
  • Salomão Malidani joins Care for Life as National Director.

  • The Family Preservation Program expands to operate in more villages (Casa Banana, Nduna 1 & 2, Nhamainga and Chiverano join).

  • More than 9,000 individuals participate in Care For Life’s Family Preservation Program. (Mafarinha joins).

  • The Family Preservation Program thrives, with statistical and anecdotal evidence showing that families who participate in the program are healthier, lead more sanitary lives, have increased educational opportunities, have higher literacy rates, and have great hope for prosperous futures. (Nhamatanda 1 & 2 join).

  • Ngupa 1 & 2 and Subida join the Family Preservation Program.

  • Care for Life affects the lives of over 14,000 people and it continues to grow. (Vila Massane, Motel Bisbo 1 and 2 join the Family Preservation Program).

  • Jean Piaget 1 and 2 joined the Family Preservation Program
  • The Credit/Savings Associations in some villages was started and grew to 15 associations with about 350 participants.
  • Harvard College Consulting Group conducted a study and found that “in terms of quantity of surveys, Care for Life is much more robust than other similar non-profits organizations.”

  • Matatouro joined the Family Preservation Program.
  • Brian Hill presented the Family Preservation Program in India
  • Leadership Training Program was introduced in Mozambique.

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