SOURCE: Save the Children

January 17, 2010 16:04 ET

Save the Children President and CEO Arrives in Haiti With UN Secretary General to Help Expedite Aid Deliveries

WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwire - January 17, 2010) - Charles MacCormack, Save the Children's President and CEO, arrived in Haiti today as part of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's delegation to accelerate the delivery of aid to the most vulnerable people, children and families.

"It is a race against time to get food, water and medical supplies to the people who for five days now have received very little aid," said MacCormack. "However, even in the most challenging of situations, Save the Children has been able to deliver urgently needed food, water and medical supplies."

Sunday, a 20-foot container sent from Save the Children's warehouse in the Dominican Republic was delivered to Hope Hospital in Port-au-Prince, allowing the organization to provide more than 2,000 people with food, water and also medical and hygiene supplies.

Save the Children is also working to set-up Child Friendly Spaces in areas where families have been setting up camp. These areas will ensure the safety of children in the camps and give them the opportunity to play and begin to recover from what the death, injury, and destruction they have witnessed and the lack of necessities they have endured.

"Despite the hardships faced by the Haitians, I have always been impressed by their resilience," said Lee Nelson, Save the Children's country director in Haiti. "We must continue to help however we can and we cannot give up on the hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need."

Since the earthquake on January 12, Save the Children's staff members in Haiti have been responding to the immediate needs of children and families. The aid agency has worked in Haiti since 1978 and has close to 200 staff members in the country.

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