SOURCE: Save the Children

January 18, 2010 12:06 ET

Save the Children Enlists Corporate Support for Relief Efforts in Haiti

WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwire - January 18, 2010) - Save the Children is asking corporations to partner with the agency on both emergency response and long-term recovery efforts in Haiti, where an estimated three million people are in need of food, water and medical care following the massive earthquake last Tuesday. As one of the first responders to help survivors in the capital city of Port-au-Prince following the quake, Save the Children is reaching out to corporate leaders to invest in saving lives as well as the long-term well-being of children in this beleaguered country. Save the Children has worked in communities throughout Haiti since 1978, providing education, health care and other services to children and families.

"Corporate donors can have two significant impacts for the children of Haiti," said Charles MacCormack, President and CEO of Save the Children. "In the critical first weeks and months, we need corporate support to continue meeting basic needs -- food, water, hygiene kits, shelter and medicines -- that children and families so desperately need. The clock is ticking for so many vulnerable children, who are always the first to feel the effects of dehydration and lack of food. Every day without medical treatment, food and water lessens their chance for survival.

"Second," MacCormack continued, "Save the Children is committed to a long-term recovery, based on the agency's 25 years of work in Haiti. With some 100 staff working out of offices in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Massaide and Gonaives, Save the Children provides vulnerable children with health, education, protection and food security programs. We have a great opportunity to 'build back better' and ensure that Haiti's children grow up healthy, educated and prepared for a better future, but it will take investments from U.S. business to make that happen."

Corporations can partner with Save the Children through donations, employee workplace giving programs and co-created marketing promotions that reach consumers. For more than 20 years, Save the Children has been working with business leaders on a broad range of programs.

Save the Children has received consistently high marks in financial management and program efficiency from charity watchdogs, such as Guidestar, Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau. And the American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), which recently announced its top-rated list of charities involved in Haitian earthquake relief efforts, gave Save the Children a solid A for its work.

Corporations and businesses can join Save the Children's Haiti Earthquake Children in Relief Fund by calling 1-800-728-3843 or contacting Dana Langham at 203-221-4129.

Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Save the Children USA is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, a global network of 29 independent Save the Children organizations working to ensure the well-being and protection of children in more than 120 countries. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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