January 18, 2010 17:31 ET

Haiti Update: HUMANITARIAN COALITION Says Despite Devastation, Canadian Aid to Haiti Is Getting Through; Need Is Still Overwhelming

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2010) - 


The HUMANITARIAN COALITION, says that despite the massive devastation to Port-au-Prince and the surrounding region, aid is finding its way through to Haitians in need. CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec and Save the Children Canada have coordinated their fundraising efforts in Canada through the HUMANITARIAN COALITION and are working daily with the United Nations, NGOs and Haitians on the ground in their effort to distribute desperately needed supplies. 

"Aid workers are reporting back that the scale of devastation caused by Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti is horrifying and that logistical challenges persist, yet aid is being delivered," said Kevin McCort, President and CEO of CARE Canada. "While securing and distributing aid and supplies continues to be hampered by severe challenges, aid is getting through. More emergency workers and desperately needed aid shipments are arriving regularly."

"The need is overwhelming, but the Haitian people are doing a great deal to help one another and themselves. In most places people are helpful, orderly and hopeful." David Morley, President and CEO of Save the Children Canada.

Today's updates from the HUMANITARIAN COALITION include:

  • Coordination with UN and other NGOs is taking place in an ongoing basis. 
  • CARE has started distributing the 50000 water purification tablets they have received. To reach a CARE representative in Haiti contact: Kieran Green, Communications Manager, (613) 228-5678,
  • Save the Children has distributed food and water for 2000 to a local hospital. Food included items such as tinned fish, crackers, rice, beans, powdered milk, tomato sauce, bottled water, and cooking oil. Medical supplies were distributed by Save the Children on January 15 through partner Supply Chain Management Systems in response to a request from 14 hospitals and clinics. To reach a Save the Children representative in Haiti contact: Elysia Nisan, Communications Coordinator, (647) 273-7134,

To date, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION has raised $3 million dollars towards its $5 million dollar goal for victims of the Haiti earthquake. The Government of Canada has pledged to match dollar-for-dollar, up to $50 million dollars, the donations of Canadians, so every dollar donated makes a difference.

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, log onto or send donations to THE HUMANITARIAN COALITION, PO Box 65035, Ottawa, ON, K2G 5Y3

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