CARE Egypt is part of CARE International, and has been serving individuals, communities and local associations in the poorest regions of Egypt since 1954. CARE began work in Egypt with a nationwide school-feeding program. The project was closed by the 1967 war, but CARE returned to Egypt in 1974, and from that time has created and managed a diverse set of development projects. Since 1986 CARE Egypt has expanded its activities to comprise a wide range of activities in more diversified areas, and has shifted away from direct service delivery toward more sustainable methods aimed at building the capacities of people and local institutions. Today, CARE's work is focused primarily on Upper Egypt, where it works closely through a rights-based approach with the poor and marginalized, civil society, and government institutions to improve livelihoods on a sustainable basis.