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One Month after Major Quake, Ongoing Crises for Haitian Children
Date:2/9/2010

Save the Children is Providing Food, Water and Essentials to about 300,000 Children and Families

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Vocus) February 9, 2010 -- One month after Haiti experienced the worst natural disaster in its history, Save the Children has reached nearly 300,000 children and adults in the earthquake impact zone.

Since the early hours after the disaster, the international humanitarian agency has been providing emergency assistance to save lives, alleviate suffering and support the recovery and protection of Haitian children and families.

“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,” said Lee Nelson, Save the Children’s country director in Haiti. “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.”

The January 12 earthquake affected 3 million people, more than half of them children. The extensive damage wrought by the 7-magnitude quake forced families into the street and into temporary encampments with little but the clothes on their backs. Today, living among the rubble, they struggle to meet their shelter, health, nutrition and other day-to-day needs as they begin to regain their livelihoods and reconstruct their homes.

“This is a wide-scale disaster that affected all aspects of society, and it will take years to for Haiti’s families and cities to recover,” said Annie Foster, Save the Children’s team leader for the emergency. “Haitians are very resilient, but it is going to
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