Save the Children Canada

Save the Children Canada

January 25, 2010 00:01 ET

Children and Local Society Must Be a Priority in Rebuilding Haiti

Save the Children calls for measures to focus on child welfare in discussions of Haiti's future

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2010) - The "Friends of Haiti" Conference in Montreal today should be the beginning of a multi-year commitment by the international community to meet Haiti's immediate and long-term development needs. This cannot happen independently from the local civil society and the government of Haiti.

"We must listen to Haitians, recognizing and building on the strengths they have as a nation," said David Morley, President and CEO of Save the Children Canada. "Despite the power that will be present at the Montreal Conference, we must remain aware that any chance of moving forward requires ownership by the Haitian society."

Save the Children urges that to make lasting positive change in the lives of children, both the momentum and funding must be sustained by the international community for years to come. This tragedy must be an opportunity to build a better future for children, an opportunity to reach thousands of women and children who have never been to school or received medical care.

"Even as the immediate needs of the people are still being addressed, now is the time to start talking about new infrastructure to ensure that it is rebuilt stronger than before," Morley continues. "Our vision is a Haiti where all children realize their right to a basic education, a healthy life, freedom from abuse and benefit from the support of families who recognize the basic needs of children."

"Today the Friends of Haiti have a unique opportunity to coordinate their efforts to effect global change in a way unprecedented in our global history. We must prepared to work alongside Haitians for many years to come; Save the Children intends to support their efforts and play a leading role in the coordination of education and child protection services."

Contact Information

  • Save the Children Canada
    Elysia Nisan
    Communications Coordinator
    (w) 416-218-1882
    (c) 647-273-7134
    enisan@savethechildren.ca