Save the Children Providing Immediate Assistance for Children and Families in Haiti as Tropical Storm Grace Approaches

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (August 16, 2021) – Following the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake that leveled parts of western Haiti on Saturday, Save the Children is working to help cover basic needs of the most severely affected children and families.

The international humanitarian organization is conducting a needs assessment in the worst-affected areas of Les Cayes and Grand-Anse to prioritize its emergency response.

Leila Bourahla, Save the Children’s Haiti country director said:

“Right now, we are using our emergency stocks of tarps, jerry cans and baby care kits to provide immediate assistance to 250 affected families. We are preparing to provide cash transfers, child protection, education spaces, health and nutrition assistance, and psychosocial support in the days and weeks ahead.”

“Save the Children will, with other international and local non-profit organizations, make sure that we are providing assistance to those who need it most.”

“Tropical Storm Grace is approaching and likely to produce significant rainfall in earthquake affected areas. We are concerned this storm will complicate access, search and rescue efforts.”

Save the Children has worked in Haiti since 1978, providing nutrition, early learning, and water and sanitation programs. The humanitarian organization responded when Hurricane Matthew struck the same area in 2016, and following the 2010 earthquake.

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