OTTAWA, Jan. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Two years after the unthinkable 7.0
magnitude earthquake in Haiti, significant progress has been made in
reconstructing the country. Even so, Canadian NGO SOS Children's
Villages warns that Haiti is still very much in a state of emergency
and it is affecting children the most.
35% of the Haitian population is under the age of 15; half the
population is under the age of 18. SOS Children's Villages has issued
warnings that the number of abandoned children is rising steadily. SOS
is working alongside other NGOs to urge the Haitian government, the UN
Security Council and other international bodies to improve the quality
of care for, and the legal situation of, the thousands of abandoned
"Because of poverty and impossible living conditions, families in Haiti
are no longer able to provide for themselves," explains SOS Children's
Villages Canada President Boyd McBride, "The situation of so many
abandoned children in Haiti is dire."
McBride also stated, "The crisis in Haiti is very much still a
children's crisis. SOS is in the region doing what it can to support
families and children, ensuring children have access to education and
health care, providing needed social programs to enable mothers to
continue to care for their children."
SOS Children's Villages, which has been active in Haiti since 1978, has
been concentrating its long-term reconstruction efforts in the region
on supporting children without parental care, supporting families at a
community level and supporting schools.
During the first twelve months following the earthquake, SOS Children's
Villages provided tens of thousands of children with food every day,
giving medical care where needed and providing shelter to unaccompanied
children. Over the past year, SOS has begun the transition to
constructing new schools and expanding long-term social programs
Supporting families and children in the districts of Port-au-Prince, Cap
Haïtien and Les Cayes. The SOS Children's Villages goal is to
strengthen the resources of the communities in order to enable the
families, particularly women, to support themselves.
Expanding the construction of schools: SOS Children's Villages is
financing the construction of a community school and four public
schools in Santo and the area of Les Cayes. SOS is also providing
SOS Children's Villages Canada have announced a new child protection
program designed to reduce the number of Haitian children abandoned or
separated from their families, and to improve the security and
protection of children separated from their caregivers.
"With over half the population of Haiti under the age of 18, The
reconstruction of Haiti continues to be a complex undertaking and we
know from our work on the ground, Haitians are grateful to the many
generous Canadians who have contributed to the process." notes Boyd
McBride. "SOS has been in the region for 34 years. We're here for the
SOS Children's Villages provides children in need with a caring, loving, and secure family
environment where basic needs for food, health, shelter, and education
are met. SOS Children's Villages creates opportunities for children to
become responsible, contributing members of society by providing Villages and
community support where stable, nurturing homes exist to meet family,
social, emotional and physical needs of children.
SOURCE SOS Children's Villages Canada
For further information:
- Graeme Burk - Tel. 613-232-3309 ext. 20 / cell 613-282-1476, firstname.lastname@example.org
- SOS Children's Villages International Vice President Richard Pichler is in Haiti and is available for interviews. Contact Graeme Burk for more information.
- SOS Children's Villages National Director Boyd McBride is available for interviews in Canada.
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