Birthday Project 2010 ~ Helping Haiti's Children

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Birthday Project 2010 ~ Helping Haiti's Children

Unread postby Theresa » Sun May 02, 2010 4:11 pm

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Every morning, tens of thousands of Haitian children wake up to a hazardous reality. Their homes and schools have collapsed. Their rubble-strewn cities present added risks to their health and well-being. Their daily lives—which in this, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, were rarely carefree—have acquired further levels of deprivation, uncertainty and terrible loss.

The devastating January 12 earthquake—a 7-magnitude shock that left more than 3 million people in Port-au-Prince, Léogâne, Petit Goave, Jacmel and surrounding areas in desperate need—has exacted a heavy toll on Haiti's children. They have lost family members, friends, belongings and familiar surroundings. In the midst of debris and displacement, they are more vulnerable to disease, injury, abuse and exploitation. Meanwhile, their future opportunities are also in jeopardy, as Haiti's education system lies in ruins.


January 27, 2010, Port-au-Prince, Haiti: 1-month-old twin baby girls, Julie and Julianne, lay in a water bucket while their mother washes clothes at the camp in the university. She also has another daughter and says she has no food to give to her family. Credit: Adriana Zehbrauskas / Polaris
The scale of this disaster is unprecedented in Haiti, and the needs of children and families have far exceeded available supplies and logistical capacity. An estimated 200,000 families (1 million people) are homeless. The majority are living in overcrowded, informal settlements with poor sanitation; unable to access the basic necessities—food, water, shelter and health services—without assistance. Others have fled to the countryside, increasing the burden on impoverished rural communities.

Save the Children has worked with families, communities, government and civil society in Haiti since 1978, in both development and emergency contexts. Well-positioned to respond, the organization rapidly mobilized what has since become its largest relief effort ever in the Western Hemisphere. Over the last three months and in coordination with Haitian authorities, the international community, local and international organizations and communities, Save the Children has reached more then 553,000 children and adults with lifesaving and life-sustaining assistance.


January 19, 2010, Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Displaced families take shelter at the Church of Latter Days Saints in Port- au-Prince, Haiti, where Save the Children has launched child-friendly space activities. Child-friendly spaces provide normalcy, structure and emotional healing to children who are suffering from the loss and devastation they have experienced. Credit: Antonio Bolfo
Save the Children is committed to helping Haitian children through this current crisis and to assisting their country as it builds a better environment and brighter future for its youngest and most vulnerable citizens. The organization will sustain humanitarian relief to ensure children's survival during these critical early months and the rainy season. In the emergency phase, Save the Children plans to reach 800,000 people over 6 months—among them 470,000 children. At the same time, it is planning for the long term with a strong commitment to enabling Haitians to help themselves through a multiyear (3-5) relief-to-recovery effort comprising health and nutrition, education, child protection, shelter, water and sanitation, food security and family livelihood programs. This plan will meet the needs of children and families, while strengthening the capacity of Haitians and their institutions—governmental and nongovernmental alike—to recover, move beyond this crisis and lead and manage their own future.

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Re: Birthday Project 2010 ~ Helping Haiti's Children

Unread postby Theresa » Fri May 07, 2010 12:43 am

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Over the three months since the disaster, Save the Children has been supporting its government partners in the Ministries of Health and Education, among others, coordinating with local and international nongovernmental organizations through the United Nations cluster system. The organization has also worked with local authorities and communities to sustain multisectoral assistance to save lives, alleviate suffering and support the protection and recovery of children.

Working in Port-au-Prince, Léogâne, Jacmel, Petit Goave and surrounding environs, the organization is focusing on:

Food

Save the Children is working with the World Food Program and coordinating with other NGOs to ensure that families in need receive sustenance. It is continuing to distribute food rations to families in and around Port-au Prince, including rice, beans, oil and salt. More than 250,000 children and adults have received food to date.

February 9, 2010, Port-au-Prince, Haiti: 3-year-old Olivier is
fed by his mother, Eunide, 40, after she cooked the rice she
received from the Save the Children food distribution center.
More than 1.5 million Haitians were left homeless and
struggling for basic needs such as water, food, and shelter,
following the earthquake on January 12.
Credit: Robert King/Polaris
What's Next

Targeted distributions will reach vulnerable households in areas directly affected by the earthquake. Save the Children will provide vouchers to families so that they can purchase food in local markets, supporting local producers in the process.



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Re: Birthday Project 2010 ~ Helping Haiti's Children

Unread postby Theresa » Mon May 31, 2010 5:12 pm

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Shelter and Supplies

More than 7,500 households have received transitional shelter materials, hygiene supplies and essential household items. The rainy season has begun and families are in critical need of shelter.

What's Next

Families will receive essential materials, shelter kits or cash grants; and supplies are being pre-positioned for the hurricane season, which begins June 1.


Water and Sanitation

More than 221,000 people benefit from Save the Children's water and sanitation programs, which include the construction of latrines, bathing areas and clean- water points, as well as the delivery of drinking water to temporary settlements. Haitian health promoters are providing families with information they need to safeguard their well-being.

What's Next

Save the Children will continue to deliver clean water, construct water distribution points and latrines, promote good hygiene practices and clear ditches to improve drainage as the rainy season begins.


Health and Nutrition

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Prior to the earthquake, Haiti had the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the Western Hemisphere, with a weak health care system. One in 13 children did not survive to 5 years old, and almost a third were chronically malnourished. The earthquake has exacerbated the situation. Save the Children is scaling up work to reduce health threats to infants and children in the earthquake-affected area, screen and treat malnutrition, provide basic health services and continue regular health work where possible. Its mobile clinics and Haitian medical teams have cared for more then 23,000 children and adults. The organization has delivered more than 16 tons of medicines and supplies to hospitals and clinics. Save the Children has also established 16 infant care tents in temporary settlements. These "baby tents" provide mothers with a private place to breastfeed and serve as a center where malnourished children receive treatment.

What's Next

In coordination with the Ministry of Health, health facilities will be rebuilt and strengthened, and women will receive reproductive care. Save the Children will continue its work to prevent outbreaks of communicable diseases, and to provide supplementary food to malnourished infants, children and pregnant and breastfeeding women. The organization also will work with families to improve infant feeding practices and distribute micronutrients and deworming treatments.




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