Save the Children Canada

Save the Children Canada

January 20, 2010 09:55 ET

Haiti Aftershock Further Endangers Children and Families, Reports Save the Children

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 20, 2010) - Save the Children Canada, member of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION, reports that the 6.1 magnitude aftershock has caused additional damage and emotional trauma in Haiti. Save the Children staff responding to the post-earthquake situation in Port-au-Prince heard already weakened structures collapsing. The threats to and fears of children in the disaster zone remain undiminished.

Save the Children is working to account for staff in the capital. Staff in Jacmel and Leogane have reported in and are safe.

"Children and families are still sleeping in the open, among the rubble. They are very vulnerable – this aftershock would have terrified them. We are working flat out to assist them, bringing in supplies and rolling them out to the people who need them as fast as we can," said Annie Foster, Save the Children's team leader in Port-au-Prince.

Spokespeople in the field are available for comment.

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The HUMANITARIAN COALITION, with the joint efforts of its members, CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec and Save the Children Canada, provides a widespread and effective response to emergencies, with a combined presence in 120 countries. In Haiti alone, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION has more than 600 aid personnel on the ground, ensuring that the donations of Canadians reach those in desperate need in an efficient, effective and coordinated fashion.

To donate to the HUMANITARIAN COALITION, call 1-800-464-9154, visit or send donations to the HUMANITARIAN COALITION, PO Box 65035, Ottawa, ON, K2G 5Y3

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