SOURCE: Save the Children

Save the Children

December 14, 2010 13:26 ET

Save the Children Releases One Year Report on Response to Haiti Earthquake, Urges Long-Term Investments to Build Back Better

WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwire - December 14, 2010) - Now is not the time to give up on Haiti, according to Save the Children, which today released "Haiti's Children: A Country at a Crossroads." The report highlights the humanitarian organization's response to the earthquake that shattered the country on January 12, and calls attention to the long-term investments needed to help rebuild the island nation. More than 870,000 children and adults have received critical and life-saving assistance from Save the Children since the earthquake struck.

"Our work is far from over," said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. "Yet despite the many challenges, progress continues to be made. We've built new, earthquake- and hurricane-resistant schools. We've opened more than 80 health clinics. Now, we need a quick resolution to the elections so Haiti and the international community can focus on developing health, education and job opportunities."
Highlights of the report include:

  • Health Care: Save the Children opened 80 clinics and nutrition support facilities in areas most affected by the earthquake.

  • Education: Save the Children has directly supported more than 270 schools, enabling more than 45,000 children to return to their studies. In addition, 2,300 teachers received training in disaster risk reduction to be prepared if another earthquake struck. 

  • Child Protection: Save the Children established over 50 child-friendly spaces where children could play and start to regain a sense of normalcy in safe environments. More than 1135 children have been reunited with their immediate or extended families through the Family Tracing Network which Save the Children leads.

  • Shelter and Supplies: Save the Children provided toolkits to help families improve their living conditions and construct temporary and transitional shelter.

  • Food Security and Livelihoods: Save the Children distributed food to almost 300,000 children and adults. By supporting farmers, fishermen and other small traders, Save the Children is contributing to economic recovery to ultimately support and sustain livelihoods.

  • Water/Sanitation/Hygiene: Save the Children has reached almost 348,000 people with critical water, sanitation and hygiene programs. In the wake of the cholera outbreak, Save the Children has ramped up hygiene promotion activities in its program areas.

Click here for the complete report and videos of Save the Children's work in Haiti.

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