It has now been a year since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck 10 miles west of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, on January 12th 2010, killing more than 220,000 people and leaving at least one million homeless including many children.
Last year the entire First Team and management signed up to sponsor an orphan as part of the Club’s SOS sponsor a child campaign, with many of the players sponsoring children who were victims of the disaster in Haiti.
Amongst those that sponsored was Gareth Bale, who said: “What happened in Haiti was awful. It’s unimaginable what people went through following the earthquake and it left the country devastated. I was more than happy to sponsor an orphan and play a small part in helping support SOS Children’s Villages – they do a fantastic and very important job.”
SOS Children's Villages have been providing care to children in Haiti since 1978. Before the quake, the charity’s two existing Children’s Villages in the country (in Port-au-Prince and Cap Haïtien), provided homes to more than 400 orphaned and abandoned children. Since the earthquake, the SOS Villages have welcomed 300 more, with local SOS mothers looking after 20 children, rather than the usual ten.
There is much more to be done in Haiti. Over a million people are still living in terrible conditions in camps and relying on external aid.
To deal with increased numbers of lone children, the charity plans to build a third SOS Children’s Village in Les Cayes, in south-western Haiti. The Village will provide up to 200 children with a new home, mother and family. SOS Children also plan to build at least ten state schools over the next 12 years in order to help strengthen the country’s education system.
To find out how you can help the children of Haiti, please visit: www.soschildren.org
The Club is proud to continue its support for SOS Children’s Villages and its invaluable work around the world.