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Save the Children Wants to “Build Back Better” in Haiti

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In a history textbook you may find a paragraph or two dedicated to the recovery of Europe after World War II. What you won't read about are the unsung heroes who made this possible, like the charity Save the Children.

Whether it was providing food in post-war Austria or doing a collection of clothing and supplies, these acts contributed to the recovery of children and ultimately an entire continent.

Today, Save the Children is carrying on that tradition, providing aid to those suffering in earthquake-devastated Haiti. But the charity wants to do more than help with the emergency. They want to build Haiti stronger than it has ever been.

Save the Children President and CEO Charles MacCormack says, "We are on the ground delivering aid to children and families in Haiti right now, but we must do much more than that. It's key we all use this opportunity to build back better in Haiti. Save the Children drew on strong public support to do just that in Asia following the massive Tsunami that hit 5 years ago, and we can do the same for the Haitian people who have endured so much."

Right now Save the Children is getting urgently needed safe water supplies into Haiti, which is critical for preventing disease. Also they are setting up mobile health clinics.

Child Friendly Spaces are being planned for shelters and camps housing earthquake survivors. These will give children an opportunity to escape momentarily the terror and trauma that surround them in Haiti.

Save the Children is accepting donations at its website and also by calling 1-800-728-3843 or 1-203-221-4030. A new option is to text donations by typing "SAVE" to 20222.

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About William Lambers

William Lambers is the author of several books including Ending World Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World. This book features over 50 interviews with officials from the UN World Food Programme and other charities discussing school feeding programs that fight child hunger. He is also the author of Nuclear Weapons, The Road to Peace: From the Disarming of the Great Lakes to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Open Skies for Peace, The Spirit of the Marshall Plan: Taking Action Against World Hunger, School Lunches for Kids Around the World, The Roadmap to End Global Hunger, From War to Peace and the Battle of Britain. He is also a writer for the History News Service. His articles have been published by newspapers including the Cincinnati Enquirer, Des Moines Register, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Buffalo News, San Diego Union Tribune, the Providence Journal, Free Lance-Star (VA), the Bakersfield Californian, the Washington Post, Miami Herald (FL), Chicago Sun-Times, the Patriot Ledger (MA), Charleston Sunday Gazette Mail (WV), the Cincinnati Post, Salt Lake Tribune (UT), North Adams Transcript (MA), Wichita Eagle (KS), Monterey Herald (CA), Athens Banner-Herald (GA) and the Duluth News Journal. His articles also appear on History News Network (HNN) and Think Africa Press. Mr. Lambers is a graduate of the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio with degrees in Liberal Arts (BA) and Organizational Leadership (MS). He is also a member of the Feeding America Blogger Council.
  • http://irishstagenyc.blogspot.com/ Kate Shea Kennon

    My brother worked for Save the Children during one of his stints for the Peace Corps in Haiti. Glad to hear they are building Haiti back better! Thanks!

  • http://cairolifereviews.blogspot.com/ FEM4Ever

    The issue of Bulding a stronger Haiti has been on my mind ever since this whole thing started.
    For a developing country, a disaster carries implications beyond the immediate relief efforts. The REAL challenge is to help them back on their feet again!

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ Jeannie Danna

    After reading this dull, dry, instalment of The Haiti News Flash, I have a question.

    Where is the author?

    An estimated Two hundred thousand souls are dead, half dead and buried under the rubble right now, yet this writing reads like an advertisement for a charity of choice.

    Please put some heart into it! and
    It wouldn’t hurt to converse with a commentator or two either.