Save the Children's humanitarian staff in Haiti are moving quickly to alleviate the most urgent needs of children and families overwhelmed by Hurricane Matthew. The Category 4 storm was the most powerful hurricane to strike Haiti in over 50 years. An estimated 25 percent of the country has been affected. Some 300 to 800 people have been killed, and 29,000 homes, schools and other structures were damaged or destroyed. The health, education and protection needs are massive, with an estimated 750,000 people requiring urgent assistance. We are especially concerned for vulnerable children, including some 2,000 little ones separated from their families, children at risk of deadly cholera, and up to 130,000 children out of school.
Save the Children has been working in Haiti for more than 40 years. To date in this crisis, we have deployed emergency responders, as well as our Emergency Health Unit, staffed by doctors and health experts from around the world. We are focused on delivering food, hygiene kits and other urgently needed supplies, suppressing any cholera outbreak, protecting vulnerable children, and continued needs assessment to meet immediate needs, restore education and more. Children are often most vulnerable during disasters such as this. Your support will help us protect children and provide desperately needed relief to families. Please donate now to support Save the Children's responses to ongoing and urgent needs as a result of this powerful storm.
WHAT WE DO:
Save the Children has worked in Haiti since 1975, and our staff is working closely with the Haitian government to help those most affected. We support 131 schools in Haiti, including 27 in the area of south Grand’Anse and 39 in Port-au Prince. Save the Children also provides technical assistance in water, sanitation and hygiene and newborn health to the Ministry of Health. Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future.
Ten percent of your contribution will be used to help us prepare for the next emergency. Nobody knows when the next crisis will strike, but your support helps Save the Children provide assistance in the critical first hours and days of an emergency when children need us most.