One Month After the Quake! Reaching More Than 300,000 Children and Families

Lee Nelson-Save the Children

Lee Nelson, Save the Children country director

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

February 9, 2010

The majority of Haitian children were vulnerable before this disaster and now, a month after the earthquake, their health, well-being and future are at increased risk.

Their families are caught up in a daily struggle to meet basic needs and rebuild their lives. An estimated 1.5 million children have been affected by the earthquake.

We are moving quickly to provide immediate aid to thousands of families, including providing food, water, household items, medicines and medical care, while we also implement programs to protect children and get them back to school as soon as possible. ( Pictured below a young child eating food recently distributed by Save the Children. Photo credit: Robert King/Polaris)

CuteBabyeat-Save the Children To date, our child protection program is helping more than 15,000 children through 18 mobile Child Friendly Spaces in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel.

In conjunction with UNICEF, the International Rescue Committee and the Red Cross, we are also registering children at hospitals and in camps so as to trace their families and reunite them with loved ones.

Haiti Three-Save the Children Save the Children’s mobile health teams have seen thousands of patients at 45 locations in Port-au-Prince, Leogane and Jacmel. Many victims of the quake are receiving medicines distributed by Save the Children at one of these mobile tents, pictured at right. ( Photo credit: Robert King/Polaris)

In addition, the organization has distributed food to more than 120,000 people, including 72,000 children. The agency also has provided clean water to more than 59,000 people; latrines for 7,800 people; and essential items such as blankets, hygiene kits, and plastic sheeting to some 48,000 people.

This is such a wide-scale disaster that affects all aspects of society that it will take years to for Haiti’s families and cities to recover.

Haitians are very resilient, but it is going to take serious and sustained assistance to help them build back and ensure a better future for their children.

Adding urgency to the relief effort, the rainy season is expected to begin in mid-March or early April.

Even under normal circumstances, poor drainage and sanitation infrastructure causes problems for the population.

This is expected to be significantly exacerbated by displacement and clogging of drainage channels with rubble from the earthquake.

Learn more about our emergency response to the earthquake in Haiti.

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Urging U.S. Congress to Strengthen Haiti’s Capacity to ‘Build Back Better’

Charles MacCormack-Save the Children Charles MacCormack, Save the Children president and CEO

Westport, Connecticut
February 9, 2010


Last week, I testified on Haiti before a Senate Foreign Relations
Subcommittee with the hope that the Congress will hear the Haitian
people’s call for assistance towards recovery and lasting development.

For the past 32 years, Save the Children has aided the people of Haiti,
providing help in situations of short-term crisis and facilitating
long-term growth.

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti three weeks ago has significantly complicated Haiti’s development goals.

While the Haitian people are extremely resilient and have exhibited
much patience, their challenge is daunting. It will take a collective
effort today to give the children and families of Haiti a better
tomorrow.

The U.S., along with non-governmental organizations and donors, should
intensify its commitment to building the capacity and systems of the
Haitian government and Haitian civil society to lead and manage their
own development.

Future funds must go to providing children and families access to health services, education and economic opportunities.

This is a long-term disaster and the U.S. must commit for the long
haul. Sustaining significant investment over the next 10 years will be
critical to ensuring the well-being of children and their families.

Haiti-Child Friendly Spaces-Save the Children

In the photo to the right, Douceset, a 14-year-old boy living in the tent city called Saint Therese, is able to study mathematics at one of the Child Friendly Spaces set up by Save the Children (Photo credit: Robert King / Polaris).

We must support Haitians to ‘Build Back Better’ for the children of Haiti.

Learn more about our emergency response to the earthquake in Haiti.

Help Us Respond to the Haiti Earthquake Emergency. Please Donate Now.


YOU CAN DONATE $10 TO THE HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND BY TEXTING “SAVE” to 20222 (US Only). Standard message rates  apply.