OTTAWA, Jan. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Two years after a devastating earthquake
struck Haiti, the Canadian Red Cross continues to help earthquake
survivors rebuild and recover. Efforts have shifted from immediate
life-saving assistance to long-term recovery to ensure communities can
build a stronger and healthier future.
Shelter remains the top humanitarian priority for Canadian Red Cross
teams. To date, more than 5,700 earthquake and hurricane resistant
homes have been constructed, providing essential stability and
protection to 28,500 of Haiti's most vulnerable people.
"Canadians can be proud that their donations are having a lasting and
meaningful impact in the lives of thousands of people in Haiti," says
Conrad Sauvé, secretary general and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross.
"The Canadian Red Cross is working closely with local communities and
the Haitian Red Cross to ensure programs and services meet the needs of
The Canadian Red Cross is also helping to build stronger safer
communities through health, violence prevention and disaster risk
reduction programming. Over the next four years the Canadian Red Cross
is investing $25 million to strengthen the healthcare system, including
helping to rebuild a hospital and health clinics in the south-east
region of Jacmel and reaching over 420,000 people through violence and
abuse prevention activities. As Haiti is prone to natural disaster such
as hurricanes and earthquakes, the Red Cross is also working alongside
communities to build local disaster risk reduction capacities so that
communities are better prepared the next time disaster strikes. These
efforts will include pre-positioning emergency supplies and training
more than 90 Haitian Red Cross volunteers to provide first-aid
education in their communities.
"The road to recovery is long," adds Sauvé. "But the Canadian Red Cross,
through the generous support of Canadians, is committed to empowering
the people of Haiti as they work to rebuild lives, their communities
and their country."
The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and
Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of
Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of
the Red Cross and 187 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing
the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.
SOURCE CANADIAN RED CROSS
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