Haiti

CARE Readies Operations in Haiti Following Devastating Earthquake

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CARE is assessing the damage in Haiti and readying emergency response crews following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake centered just off the coast of one of the world's poorest countries. The scale of the disaster remains unclear, as CARE struggles to reach its staff and partners in Haiti. But initial reports indicate a major catastrophe.

CARE has worked in Haiti since 1954, when it provided relief assistance after Hurricane Hazel. Today CARE's programming there reflects an integrated approach, with projects in HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, maternal and child health, education, food security, and water and sanitation. CARE works closely with local NGOs, private companies, community organizations and the Haitian government to build local capacity and achieve sustainable development.

Among the CARE staff preparing to aid Haiti are relief workers who just last year helped the country recover from a series of hurricanes.

Contacts:
Brian Feagans, bfeagans@care.org, 404-457-4644
Stephanie Libby, slibby@care.org, 404-979-9182

About CARE: Working side by side with poor people in 72 countries, CARE helps empower communities to address the greatest threats to their survival. Women are at the heart of CARE's efforts to improve health, education and economic development because experience shows that a woman's achievements yield dramatic benefits for her entire family. CARE is also committed to providing lifesaving assistance during times of crisis, and helping rebuild safer, stronger communities afterward.

Stephanie Libby
Acting Director, Strategic Communications
CARE
151 Ellis Street
Atlanta, Ga 30303
Office: 404.979.9182
Mobile: 404.610.0332