Save The Children Promise To "build Back Better" In Haiti

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Tuesday 19th January, 2010

Save the Children promise to “Build Back Better” in Haiti

Australians donate $375,000 to Save the Children appeal

Even as Save the Children delivers aid to children and families in Haiti, the children’s

rights agency is building a long-term plan to build back better in the impoverished,

earthquake-affected country.  

Australian Ian Rodgers working for Save the Children in Haiti said, “We are on the

ground delivering aid to children and families in Haiti right now, but we must do much

more than that. It’s key we all use this opportunity to build back better in Haiti.  Save

the Children drew on strong public support to do just that in Asia following the massive

Tsunami that hit 5 years ago, and we can do the same for the Haitian people who have

endured so much.”

Mike Penrose Save the Children Australia’s Senior Emergency Advisor said, “In Aceh,

Indonesia today, things are much better than they were before the Tsunami hit. 

Children have a brighter future now thanks to new and better clinics, health programs,

schools, trained teachers, earthquake-safe housing and disaster-preparedness plans.”

In Haiti Save the Children continues to distribute life-saving medical supplies in Port-au-

Prince after a 15-metric-ton shipment of supplies arrived in Haiti from the US.  In the

next 24 hours a team of 12 doctors will arrive in Haiti and be immediately despatched to

mobile health clinics Save the Children is setting up in the coastal city of Leogane, near

the earthquake epicentre.  Save the Children is also readying large shipments of medical

supplies to arrive in Leogane Tuesday.   

In other news, Save the Children has started to set up the first of many Child Friendly

Spaces planned for shelters and camps housing earthquake victims.  These safe spaces

protect children and give them a place to play and recover from the suffering they have

endured and witnessed.

To Donate to Save the Children’s Haiti earthquake emergency appeal:

call 1800 76 00 11

visit to make a secure online donation 

donate at National Australia Bank nationally

For more information, or to arrange an interview with Ian Rodgers call 

Ian Woolverton on 0437 355 096

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