The quake, which registered 7.0 on the Richter scale, triggered a tsunami warning for neighboring countries situated in the Caribbean Sea. The earthquake, centered about 14 miles west of the capital city Port-au-Prince, caused widespread devastation.
Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and has a population of 9.6million inhabitants, of which more than half are under 21. UNICEF has been working in Haiti since 1949 and works directly with the government on developing long-term solutions to problems caused by poverty and lack of basic health care, education and sanitation.
This catastrophe will only exacerbate the already critical situation for the people of Haiti, especially women and children. In coordination with other UN agencies present on the ground, UNICEF will provide supplies to allow access to adequate sanitation, safe water and basic health care for affected children and families. It is also preparing materials and staff so that children, tremendously vulnerable during natural catastrophes, are protected, and providing assistance so that children are able to continue learning and studying, and be provided safe recreation areas while their caretakers turn to rebuilding their lives.
If you feel you can contribute, please contact the Haiti Earthquake Children’s Appeal on 0800 316 5353 or visit unicef.org.uk/manunited . Thank you.