The Progressive


A project of Common Dreams

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lurma Rackley,Public Relations Director,Phone: +1.404.979.9450 (Atlanta),Mobile: +1.404.394.8298,E-mail:,

CARE Readies Operations in Haiti Following Devastating Earthquake


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.

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.

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's 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.