Save the Children Canada

Save the Children Canada

January 15, 2010 15:13 ET

Save the Children to Take the Lead on Child Protection in Haiti

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 15, 2010) - Thousands of children in Haiti have been left vulnerable in the wake of Tuesday's earthquake. UNICEF turned to Save the Children, an organization with 30 years experience in Haiti, to take the lead on coordination of child protection activities during this critical stage of the emergency.

"With so many organizations engaged in the massive relief effort, coordination is more important than ever," said David Morley, President and CEO of Save the Children Canada. Save the Children will be working closely with other agencies to ensure that the children of Haiti are protected during the crisis.

"In any emergency, children are particularly vulnerable," said Morley, "We have a duty to ensure that their immediate needs are met, while also providing them with secure, child-friendly spaces where they can feel safe in the midst of the turmoil that surrounds them."

Child-friendly spaces provide children with a safe area to play and be with their peers during the day. This is essential during the often chaotic aftermath of a disaster, and provides parents with a safe place to leave their children while they look after other activities for recovery. Family reunification and preventing family separation are also key aspects of child protection during emergencies and will be a focus for Save the Children in Haiti.

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