The second organization in a mini-series of three organizations in three days that are directly helping the relief efforts in Haiti is CARE.

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places a special focus on working alongside poor women with community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

Emergency in Haiti
CARE is deploying additional emergency team members to the devastated city of Port-au-Prince in Haiti, where the worst earthquake in 200 years destroyed houses and left thousands homeless. While the exact death toll from yesterday’s 7.0-magnitude quake is not yet known, it is expected to be catastrophic. Early reports from the media and CARE staff report that the capital city is in ruins. Most of the buildings have collapsed, including hospitals, homes and schools.
CARE’s Response
As aftershocks continue, CARE has launched an international appeal for funds for Haiti to immediately start emergency operations, but the full extent of this catastrophe is not yet known. What they do know, however, is that millions of people in this impoverished nation have been affected, and they need your help.
CARE plans to start food distributions using stocks of high-protein biscuits from our warehouses in Haiti. The 133 staff who are already on the ground are coordinating with U.N. agencies and other aid organizations to gather more detailed information about the damage and will rapidly scale up our response based on those assessments. CARE’s staff in Haiti has extensive experience responding to disasters, and we are immediately dispatching humanitarian crisis experts including an emergency team from other CARE offices around the globe.
CARE’s Continued Support of Haiti
Today, CARE’s work in Haiti reflects an integrated approach, with projects in HIV and AIDS, reproductive health, maternal and child health, education, food security, and water and sanitation. CARE works closely with local nongovernment organizations, private companies, community organizations and the Haitian government to build local capacity and achieve sustainable development.
Today, CARE reaches some 11.7 million people each year with immediate relief and long-term assistance coping with, preparing for and preventing disasters.

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