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Plan Providing Immediate and Long-Term Relief for Haiti's Children
Date:1/14/2010

WARWICK, R.I., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Aid workers from children's charity Plan International are in a race to help survivors of the devastating Haiti earthquake cope with the aftermath.

Plan USA's Interim President/CEO Audrey Bracey Deegan said that disaster experts from the nonprofit have arrived in Haiti to work alongside local Plan staff and other specialists. They are assessing immediate needs and will provide emergency assistance in the affected areas.

"Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti. Children are especially vulnerable in the wake of disasters, and Plan's child-centered focus will be especially critical for the recovery process. Plan responded quickly and is on the ground to provide what children need, which are safe spaces, temporary schools, and emotional support," Deegan added.

Plan, which has worked closely with Haitian communities since 1973, has already released more than US $500,000 in emergency funds, and has launched an international appeal to support its emergency operations, with a special concern for meeting the needs of the children.

Plan Haiti Director Rezene Tesfamariam said the devastation in the capital Port-au-Prince is on an "unimaginable" scale.

"I've seen villages destroyed by floods but this is something else. I've worked for Plan for 27 years and have seen all kinds of tragedies. I've seen refugees fighting for their lives and floods destroy communities, but I've never seen anything like this," he said.

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