Save the Children staff on the scene estimate that children may make up 2 million of the 3 million people affected in Port-au-Prince and surrounding communities. Staff also report that roughly 50 percent of all homes have been damaged or destroyed. Power is out, there is no running water, and streets are blocked by rubble. Reports also are being received of significant damage to the nearby communities of Jacmel, Leogane, Petite Goave and Grande Goave.
Local Save the Children staff in Port-au- Prince are conducting rapid assessments on foot & motorcycle in and around hardhit neighborhoods of the city;on Jan14 our first international response team arrived in Port-au-Prince to begin response efforts.
Save the Children has committed to a five-year Build Back Better initiative, which will take us from the relief and recovery phase to working with families to rebuild their communities.