HURRICANE IRMA: The most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic. After tearing its way across a string of Caribbean islands and up through Florida, Hurricane Irma has left behind a trail of devastation. Save the Children’s Emergency Health Unit - a surge team of nurses and doctors deployed to the heart of disasters in their critical first stages - is on standby in the Caribbean to help survivors of the hurricane. Please support our efforts to keep vulnerable children safe. Donate Now
Of all the countries in the Western Hemisphere, none has faced greater challenges to improve the lives of its children than Haiti. Save the Children has been helping support community development in in the impoverished nation since 1978, providing child protection, education and health care to vulnerable children and families. When disasters strike, we are there on the ground using our extensive knowledge of the country and our emergency expertise to help meet the unique needs of children. We were among the first responders in the devastating earthquake that shook the island in 2010, the cholera outbreak and Hurricane Matthew, just one year ago. We are focused on delivering food, hygiene kits and other urgently needed supplies, protecting vulnerable children, restore education and more.
Last year, Category 4 Hurricane Matthew ravaged Haiti, causing 546 deaths, displacing 175,500 people and leaving 1.4 million Haitians in need of humanitarian assistance. Save the Children was there, offering health care, shelter, food and water, and education support after the storm. Nearly a year later, Save the Children has shifted from disaster relief to longer-term goals, like improving the local health system and giving children psychosocial support.
69 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday
January 12, 2015 marked 5 years since a catastrophic earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.3, struck Haiti. The biggest earthquake the region had recorded in 200 years, left more than 1.6 million people homeless, and resulted in an immense humanitarian crisis. Shattering Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, and neighboring cities, more than 230,000 were killed and nearly 400,000 homes and 5,000 schools destroyed or damaged.
Save the Children has served the needs of some of Haiti's poorest children and families since 1978. Still reeling from the devastating earthquake of January 2010, Haiti is a dangerous place for children. With 500,000 children living in camps and many others living in slums, all lacking the protection of social and police services, children are under continued threat of exploitation and abuse.
Our Work in
Last Year, Save the Children...
children from harm
children in times of crisis
provided 39,445 children
with a healthy start in life
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Since 1985, Save the Children in Haiti has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. Our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Haiti continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.
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