OTTAWA, Jan. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Four years on from the devastating
earthquake in Haiti, the Red Cross continues to help earthquake
survivors rebuild and recover. To date, the Red Cross has helped five
million earthquake survivors through health, shelter, water and
sanitation and other basic needs.
"Canadians can be very proud that their donations are having a lasting
and meaningful impact in the lives of earthquake survivors in Haiti,"
says Conrad Sauvé, secretary general and CEO of the Canadian Red
Cross. "The Canadian Red Cross is dedicated to taking the time needed
to properly invest in a long-term and sustainable recovery."
The Canadian Red Cross has taken a holistic approach in responding to
the disaster to ensure communities are stronger, healthier and more
resilient the next time disaster strikes. In addition to sharing
expertise and resources with the Haitian Red Cross to help build its
capacity to respond to future disasters, the Canadian Red Cross is
working alongside communities to develop programming that best fits
their needs. This includes violence and abuse prevention activities and
improving access to health services for mothers, newborns and children
though an integrated health program.
"The Canadian Red Cross is dedicated to improving access to healthcare
for the most vulnerable communities in Haiti," adds Sauvé. "It is
important that we strive to build a stronger and healthier future for
families in Haiti."
The $35 million health program will reconstruct the healthcare system of
Haiti's South-East department and is designed to maximize long-term
benefits for the most vulnerable groups. It aims to improve access to
quality healthcare services for mothers, newborns and children, as well
as build stronger communities in terms of community-based health and
first aid. Last month, the Canadian Red Cross was proud to celebrate
the laying of the cornerstone at the Saint-Michel Hospital in Jacmel,
which the Red Cross is reconstructing as part of this initiative.
In addition to investing in sustainable long-term programming, the
Canadian Red Cross marked a major milestone in recovery efforts through
the completion of its shelter project last year. The program has
provided over 7,500 families with homes in Jacmel and Leogane.
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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