Compassion Canada

December 17, 2010 17:47 ET

Compassion Canada Seeing Progress in Haiti

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2010) - As the one-year anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti approaches, Compassion International is seeing real progress as they continue their recovery efforts.

Following the earthquake, Compassion put together a three-phase strategy to respond to the needs of the Haitian people. Phase one, which ended in March 2010, focused on short-term immediate relief, providing medicine, food and other essentials to victims of the earthquake. Phase two, scheduled to be completed in mid-January, includes providing temporary shelter (including tents and building supplies for short-term housing), and ongoing trauma counseling for victims and family members. The final phase of Compassion's response focuses on rehabilitation, building permanent homes for children and their families, and facilities for Compassion's church partners.

Dr. Barry Slauenwhite, President and CEO of Compassion Canada, was caught in the January 12th earthquake. He has since returned to the nation twice and has seen Compassion's progress firsthand. 

"In many of our projects, we are operating better than before the earthquake! We had built transitional shelters, classrooms, churches… I was just moved and overwhelmed by the progress I saw," says Dr. Slauenwhite.

Crucial to Compassion's progress has been its commitment to financial integrity. In mid-2010, external auditors were sent to ensure that donations were used responsibly and measure the impact of Compassion's relief and recovery efforts. Auditors will return to Haiti in January as Compassion moves into the next phase of its recovery plans.

"I think any of our donors to the Haiti Disaster Fund would be proud of how their money is being spent—probably better than they ever thought it would be," says Dr. Slauenwhite.

Compassion International has partnered with the local church in the developing world to bring an eternal solution to poverty into the lives of children since 1952. Compassion's work in Haiti began in 1968. Today, more than 65,300 children are cared for by over 230 local church partners.

Compassion Canada's annual report will be released in mid-January 2011 at www.compassion.ca. The report features extensive coverage of the ministry's recovery and rehabilitation efforts in Haiti. For more information about Compassion, please visit www.compassion.ca.

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