During major disasters, Save the Children and other aid agencies collaborate to improve the effectiveness of the response. Many have said that aid agencies were not coordinated in their response to the earthquake, but this was not the case among organizations such as Save the Children.
Working since 1978 as one of the largest agencies in Haiti and with global humanitarian expertise, we were asked by the United Nations to lead or participate in groups of other agencies who were also responding. These UN clusters ensured that groups could coordinate efforts, deliver aid equally and gather information to expand assistance. Specifically, we:
We worked closely with the World Food Program and members of the UN’s food cluster to make sure that women’s security concerns were addressed so that they could safely collect food during distributions and bring it to their families—recognizing that Haitian women are children’s primary caregivers. Food distribution to women worked well, despite early challenges with mass distributions.