Ettore Rossetti
Ettore Rossetti campaign leader

Haiti Update from Save the Children

Dear Cause Members,

It has been more than three weeks since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti and dramatically changed Haitian children's lives. Save the Children continues to make steady progress in our emergency response, and is reaching more children and families every day with food and other assistance, including child friendly spaces and medical services.

We would like to update you on our progress in Haiti. Here are a few current facts as of Friday morning:

• Total number of children and families reached so far: more than 200,000

• Total number of children and families we intend to reach: 800,000

• 18 Child Friendly Spaces are up and running in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel. To read more about this program to keep children protected, go here: http://www.savethechildren.org/newsroom/2010/children-safety-teams.html

• More than 10,000 children and families have been cared for through Save the Children-supported health facilities.

• 140 health agents and nutritional agents have been trained on how to promote breastfeeding among moms in displaced camps in Leogane. Mothers can take simple steps to protect their baby's health through exclusive and proper breastfeeding. Breast milk provides essential nutrients and strengthens a baby's immunity, protecting the baby from other illnesses. Read more about the radio public service announcements on breastfeeding that Save the Children is supporting in Haiti: http://www.savethechildren.org/newsroom/2010/radio-outreach-program-in.html

• Save the Children food distributions, in partnership with the World Food Program, have reached over 95,000 children and families in Martissant and Tabarre. This number is set to increase over the next week as food distribution continues.

• Nearly 30,000 children and families now have access to clean water through the installation by Save the Children and partners of water tanks.

• Nearly 9,000 children and families have received non-food items, including such items as blankets, plastic tarps, jerry cans, soap and other hygiene products.

• The provision of shelter remains an urgent need for displaced people in Port-au-Prince, Leogane and Jacmel, especially given the upcoming rainy season (set to start within weeks).

We thank you for your continued support. Without it, none of this would be possible.

Thank you,

Save the Children

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