Compassion Canada

January 14, 2010 18:05 ET

Compassion International Takes Immediate Action in Wake of Earthquake Devastation

Response Team En Route to Haiti

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2010) - Providing urgent relief to those affected by yesterday's devastating earthquake, Compassion International has teams who work full-time throughout Haiti serving 64,000 families and additional relief teams in flight to Port-au-Prince. The team led by Doug Bassett, director of Central American countries for Compassion, will coordinate Compassion's supply of clean water, food, medical care, supplies and adequate housing to aid those who have been affected by the quake. 

Today, Compassion has 230 child development centers in Haiti that serve more than 64,000 children, many in Port-au-Prince. The child relief and development organization has been working in Haiti since 1968.


  • Port-au-Prince native Edouard Lassegue, Compassion International's regional vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, is available by phone and via satellite from Miami

  • In Haiti: Doug Bassett, Compassion International's director of Central American countries, is available by phone and potentially via Skype

  • In Canada: Barry Slauenwhite, President & CEO of Compassion Canada who was onsite as the earthquake struck is available for interviews


  • Photos will be available as soon as possible. To request photos or video, please email Aaron Armstrong

Compassion is urging those seeking to assist in its Haitian relief efforts to visit its website to give generously to provide emergency supplies of food and clean water and help rebuild the homes of those affected by this tragedy.


Compassion International is the world's largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion is bringing an eternal solution to poverty, serving more than 1 million children in 26 of the world's poorest countries. Compassion works exclusively through the local church to provide for the needs of children, offering opportunities for education, healthcare, life skills training and Christian teaching and discipleship. Compassion has been awarded eight consecutive, four-star ratings by Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator.



Edouard Lassegue

Edouard has served as Compassion's vice president of the Latin America & Caribbean Region since January 2007. Prior to this position, he served as the country director of Haiti for nearly 11 years.

As a result of his personal and professional experiences, Edouard can discuss matters of natural disasters, child poverty, health issues, cultural issues, gang violence, drug trade and the political situation in Latin America.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Compassion Canada
    Aaron Armstrong
    519.668.0224 or 1.800.563.5437