January 14, 2010 17:09 ET

UNICEF Leading Relief Efforts for Children and Families in Haiti

Government of Canada matching public donations to UNICEF Canada after devastating earthquake

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2010) - UNICEF is providing immediate emergency assistance to children and families affected by the devastating January 12 earthquake in Haiti, including medical care and supplies, tents, trauma kits and clean water. Additional UNICEF rescue teams from Panama and the Dominican Republic are joining staff already on the ground as rescue and relief efforts ramp up.

UNICEF Canada is thrilled with the recent announcement from the Government of Canada that it will be matching individual donations to UNICEF Canada and other humanitarian organizations engaged in Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

"We are acting to meet the growing needs of the children and families whose lives have been devastated by this disaster," said UNICEF Canada President and CEO Nigel Fisher. "UNICEF thanks Canadians for supporting our relief efforts in Haiti, but more help is needed. We are appealing to people across the country to donate so we can continue to get help to the children who need it most."

Thanks to the generosity of Canadians, UNICEF Canada has already provided $500,000 for Haiti earthquake emergency relief efforts, but more resources are urgently needed to protect children who are particularly vulnerable during natural disasters. Donations will help UNICEF continue to supply such lifesaving services and items as adequate sanitation, emergency shelters, water purification tablets and emergency family kits.

With so many children and families living at such close quarters and on the streets – and with access to clean water and sanitary conditions severely compromised even in the best of times – vulnerability to the spread of life-threatening waterborne diseases can skyrocket when a natural disaster strikes, as can difficulties in delivering much needed food, medical supplies and protection services. Children, as is too often the case, are most likely to suffer the consequences.

Donations to UNICEF Canada can be made online at www.unicef.ca or by calling 1-800-567-4483.

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF, please visit www.unicef.ca.

Contact Information

  • For more information or to arrange an interview with
    spokespeople in the region, please contact:
    UNICEF Canada, Christopher Tidey, Media Relations Officer
    416 482-4444 ext. 8831