Urgent Humanitarian Services Still a Problem in Haiti, Canadian Aid Agencies Say

As the international community prepares to embark on implementing a long-term reconstruction strategy for Haiti, donors need to be reminded that many Haitian earthquake survivors still lack access to shelter, food and clean water, a group of Canada’s top aid organizations stressed.

“It’s important to plan for the long term but there are still unmet short-term needs that we want them to keep in mind,” said Kevin McCort, president and CEO of CARE Canada. “A long-term reconstruction plan is critical but hundreds of thousands of Haitians are still struggling on a daily basis.”

Canada’s eight largest non-governmental organizations including the Canadian Red Cross, World Vision and UNICEF have so far mobilized 434 million Canadian dollars (USD426 million) through private and corporate contributions, according to Canwest News Service.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.