SOURCE: Compassion International

Compassion International

February 03, 2010 17:51 ET

'Help Haiti With Compassion' Raises Nearly $1.2 Million

Nationwide Radio Marathon Delivers Hope to the People of Haiti as Listeners Respond With Their Pocket Books

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--(Marketwire - February 3, 2010) - Compassion International, the world's largest child development and sponsorship organization, partnered with nearly 1,000 radio stations yesterday to raise much needed funds for the people of Haiti -- nearly $1.2 million -- following the massive 7.0 earthquake that destroyed much of the nation's capital city of Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas on Jan. 12.

The funds will be used to provide immediate aid to the victims of the Haiti earthquake in the form of food, water, shelter, and medical and counseling services. In addition, funds will be used to re-equip Compassion's local support structure to aid in the rebuilding of Haiti long-term.

"On behalf of our Haiti staff, the church partners in Haiti, and the more than 64,600 Haitian children we serve, I wish to express my deepest gratitude to our radio partners and their listeners," said Mark Hanlon, senior vice president of Compassion International, USA. "The funds raised will bring hope to a people who have lost family members and friends, their livelihoods and their homes. It will equip the churches we serve with the tools necessary to continue our more than 40-year mission in Haiti -- rebuilding a nation by releasing families and communities from the vice grip of poverty one child at a time."

Current estimates indicate that about 50 of Compassion's church-based child development centers were seriously affected by the earthquake. Although the full extent of the loss is yet to be assessed, it has been confirmed that the ministry has suffered the loss of babies, children and students in Compassion's programs. In addition, although all of Compassion's 75-member Haitian staff have been accounted for, one died later due to injuries.

Compassion's work in Haiti began in 1968 and has more than 64,600 children in 230 child development centers.

Donations can still be made to or by calling 877-506-5900. Media outlets that did not participate in the one-day campaign but would like to should contact to arrange to get a customized banner for their web site.

Compassion International is the world's largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1 million children in 26 of the world's poorest countries. Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion works holistically through local churches to address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children, enabling them to thrive, not just survive. Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator, has awarded Compassion its highest rating -- four stars -- for eight consecutive years.

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