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.
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.