Help for Haiti´s earthquake victims
According to UN estimates, nearly 1 million children and young people have been affected by the natural disaster. Furthermore, they generally live in extreme poverty.
UNICEF has launched a major relief operation and is now asking for donations. AuPairWorld would like to help. Therefore, we are supporting UNICEF with 10% of this week´s Premium Memberships.
From 16 to 22 January 2010, AuPairWorld will donate 10% of all Premium Memberships to the UNICEF Haiti Earthquake Children´s Appeal.
Please support us! Thank you very much!
We would be grateful if you could support us with your donations to help the young victims.
We want to thank all our users who have become Premium Members between January 16 and 22, 2010.
With your help we were able to donate 2,621 EURO to the German "UNICEF-Nothilfe für Kinder in Haiti" (the German equivalent to the Haiti Earthquake Children´s Appeal). We hope that our contribution will help to ease a little bit of the big misery.
Thank you for your help!
UNICEF is urgently appealing for emergency assistance to aid the victims of a devastating earthquake that rocked the Caribbean nation of Haiti on 12 January. The quake registered 7.0 on the Richter scale and was centred about 14 miles west of the capital Port-au-Prince. Early news stories report wide-spread devastation, affecting electricity, as well as water supplies and indicate a large number of casualties.
Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and has a population of 9.6 million inhabitants, of which more than half are under the age of 21. UNICEF has been working in Haiti since 1949 and works directly with Haiti's government on the development of long-term solutions for problems caused by poverty and the lack of basic health care, education and sanitation services.
The country has been suffering from long-term political strife and a severely depressed economy. In recent years, the effects of the global food crisis and particularly strong hurricane seasons have left the country dangerously vulnerable. This catastrophe will only exacerbate the already critical situation for the people of Haiti, especially for women and children.
In coordination with other UN agencies, UNICEF has deployed an emergency team from New York, Panama and neighbouring country Dominican Republic to assess the damage on the ground and provide vital humanitarian assistance where it is needed most.
Life-saving supplies are being rushed into the hardest-hit communities in Haiti. So far, they include oral rehydration salts to combat deadly diarrhoea episodes; water purifications tablets and tarpaulins and tents to provide temporary housing for thousands of affected children and families.
More tarpaulins, blankets, emergency health kits, jerry cans and other supplies are also on their way. UNICEF has released over £2 million toward the relief efforts, but we urgently need more funds to provide access to adequate sanitation, safe water and basic health care.
Please show your support and donate now to help the children affected by the Haiti earthquake. You can also fundraise for emergencies.