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

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.

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Haiti Earthquake Emergency Podcast

Eyewitness Accounts of Haiti Earthquake Disaster Moderated by Cokie Roberts – Jan 19 2010

Save the Children trustee and award-winning journalist Cokie Roberts moderates the first, four-person panel session with call-in questions to Save the Children experts and rescuers on the ground in Haiti. On January 12, 2010, Save the Children launched an emergency relief effort to assist children and families in Haiti following a major 7.0-magnitude earthquake near the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

(To listen to the Podcast, roll your mouse arrow over the gray box and click.)

In this first episode, the speakers are:

Charles MacCormack, Save the Children president and CEO - 11 min. segment

Lee Nelson, Save the Children's Haiti country director – 8 min. segment

Kathryn Bolles, Save the Children's emergency health and nutrition director – 9 min. segment

Rudy von Bernuth, Save the Children vice-president and managing director – 6 min. segment

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