Judith Louise and her Baby Helped by Save the Children

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Colin Crowley, Save the Children multimedia emergency response team


Makeshift Camp, Leogane, Haiti

January 20, 2010

Judith Louise lost her 6-year-old son in the earthquake and very nearly lost her 15-day-old baby boy, who does not yet have a name because he has not been baptized.

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"When the earthquake struck, I was in the bedroom," said Judith Louise.

"I tried to run, but it knocked me down and I couldn't go back inside to grab the child. Outside, they asked me where was my baby. I told them I didn't know."

"The baby's grandfather went back inside and he saw that the baby had fallen on the ground. The wall had collapsed next to the baby and he was covered in dust. When they pulled my child out, I thought he was dead."

Judith Louise's husband, Friesnel, said, "The baby wasn't moving or breathing. It took a long time to revive him. When Judith Louise started nursing him, though, he came back to life."

"We were lucky to find the child alive," said Friesnel.

"Our house was completely destroyed. We lost everything. Everyone's house has been destroyed, so now we are equal as one – you understand. We don't have anything to survive with. Even if we have money, we can't find anything to buy. Nobody is giving us anything. We're all suffering here."

Save the Children: Field Worker Friesnel worries about how his family will survive, living in the streets.

Save the Children's Kathryn Bolles (pictured at right) helps families like those of Judith Louise and Friesnel by providing medical and nutrition supplies.

"We need to rebuild our houses. Our baby is suffering because we don't even have money to buy milk. We need money to reorganize our lives. We need food to come to this country in order for all of us to survive."

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Save the Children Sets Up Child Friendly Spaces for Children like Angelo

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Filippo Ungaro, Save the Children, communications manager  


Makeshift Camp, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

January 19, 2010

Angelo, age 8, lost his home and all of belongings in the January 12 earthquake in Port-au-Prince. Today, he and his seven brothers and sisters are living with their mother in a crowded temporary encampment on the grounds of a church.  

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The family survived with only the clothes on their backs. What little food they have they receive from friends. 

Angelo and his sister were just outside their house when the earthquake hit. 

“I was looking for my mum and I was really scared,” he says.  “Now we don’t even have a tent to sleep in. I don’t have anything, not even clothes.” 

Angelo, who would like to be a football player when he grows up, says he misses his home, his classmates and his school.

“I would like to go back home but I know that it’s impossible now. I’m not going to school anymore. It’s a shame because I like school,” he says. 

A third-grader, Angelo’s favorite class is grammar. Instead of being in class since the disaster, he says he spends his time playing with friends “even if I don’t have many here.” 

Save the Children is establishing a Child Friendly Space on the grounds of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ruelle St. Cyr, Carrefour Ti-Four, so that children in the encampment where Angelo is staying have a supervised place to play.

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Angelo’s mother, Maria Josette, said their house had been paid for but now they will have to start over.  

“The situation is not good for us,” she says. “I have nothing left.”

Photo credits: Antonio Bolfo/Getty Images

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Save the Children President and CEO Arrives in Haiti, Visits Center for Displaced Children

Charles MacCormack, president and CEO Save the Children

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

January 17, 2010

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It's a race against time to get food, water and medical supplies to the people who for five days now have received very little aid. At this center for displaced children, the kids now feel safer and are cared for by trained staff.

Even in the most challenging of situations, Save the Children has been able to deliver urgently needed food, water and medical supplies. And we are doing that right now!

We are 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.

It gives them the opportunity to play and begin to recover from the death, injury and destruction they have witnessed, and the lack of necessities they have endured.

Photo credits: Adriana Zehbrauskas/Polaris

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First Hospital Supplies Delivered by Save the Children Staff, Distribution of Water to People in Street

Ian Rodgers, John Bugge, Save the Children emergency staff

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

January 16, 2010

Here is a brief on-the-ground update on one of our first distributions in Port-au-Prince:

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A 20-foot container that Save the Children filled in the Dominican Republic and sent overland was delivered today to the Hospital de l'Espoir (Hope Hospital).

It contained hygiene kits (rubbing alcohol, soap, towels, baby wipes, sanitary napkins, shampoo, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, disinfectant gel, chlorine, diapers and water) plus food and water. 

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The
food will serve 2,000 people and the supply included such items as
tinned fish, crackers, rice, beans, powdered milk, tomato sauce,
bottled water and cooking oil.

We provided some of the goods to people
on the street, as well. 

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Hope in Haiti: ‘Miracle Baby’ Winnie Pulled from Rubble, Save the Children Health Staff Providing Medical Supplies

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Kathryn Bolles, emergency health and nutrition director


Port-au-Prince, Haiti

January 16, 2010

I arrived in Haiti on Thursday as part of our response to the earthquake. On Friday, we began assessing the health situation for children and their families affected by the largest natural disaster to strike Haiti in 200 years.

Our first stop was to the General Hospital in the center of town — this is one of the only "functioning" hospitals. The scene there was dire in terms of the huge needs. Patients overflowed from the hospital building and were lying in the compound awaiting treatment. The hospital is still receiving patients, but it is chronically short of supplies and staff. 

The medical director of the hospital, however, was an inspirational person and explained the situation: two-thirds of the hospital is damaged and yet he remains determined to keep it open to meet the needs of the people injured in the earthquake. 

Even in the face of such adversity, he had a calming, positive attitude — while he spoke, a pregnant woman went into labor and he took the time to treat her. 

When we left the hospital, we saw two makeshift camps where people had gathered. One held 5,000 and had only four latrines. All of these latrines were full, however, and could no longer be used.

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The lack of sanitation leads to issues around hygiene and can lead to increases in disease. During situations like this children are the most susceptible to hygiene-related diseases.

Even in these conditions, life goes on. While visiting the camp, we met one woman who had already given birth, with another women going into labor before our eyes.

There is very little shelter, however, and people are crowded together in very basic conditions.

When I arrived back at the office, I saw Winnie, a little girl under the age of 2, who had just been pulled from the rubble and was being treated by Save the Children's medical staff.

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It was such an uplifting sight that provided hope during these difficult times.

Even as I watched, you could see her getting her strength back and regaining the color in her cheeks and the twinkle in her eyes.

It's hard to imagine that such a young child could survive for nearly three days under the rubble.

It's given me hope for the hundreds of thousands of children who have been affected by the earthquake. They are clearly strong and resilient.

We just need to support and protect them.

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