Help CARE International tackle the Haiti relief effort

Rescue workers in Haiti have been hard at work for over two weeks, and CARE International staff are an integral part of the effort. The charity...

Rescue workers in Haiti have been hard at work for over two weeks, and CARE International staff are an integral part of the effort.

The charity has worked in Haiti for years and as the world's third biggest humanitarian organisation has played a key role in the relief operation.

It is looking for IT volunteers to take part in the CARE Three Peaks Challenge 2010 to help support its projects across the world.

Each year, the CARE International Three Peaks Challenge raises tens of thousands of pounds for the organisation. Teams of IT staff from across the UK have taken part in the challenge, climbing the UK's three highest peaks in 24 hours.

This year's event will take place on 12-13 June. The money raised will go towards the charity’s hundreds of projects that aim to help communities out of poverty.

As well as it’s normal work, CARE is continuing to focus its efforts on dealing with the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.

Regional emergency co-ordinator Hauke Hoops said it surpasses anything he has seen before. "This is one of the biggest disasters I have ever seen. It is a huge logistical challenge. Everything has to come in by plane or boat, but the port is destroyed and the airport is overstretched, overcrowded with flights.

"Security is a huge concern. The jail collapsed, and there are 5,000 inmates on the loose. This has caused a lot of fear. It is very dangerous, with repeated aftershocks and the escaped people from the jail."

CARE has 133 staff working in Haiti, but many of them living in Port-au-Prince lost their homes and possessions or even family members in the earthquake. Hauke Hoops said this made the challenge immeasurably harder. "Staff are trying to control their own emotions, take care of their families, and at the same time respond to a massive disaster. You can imagine how difficult this is if you have lost your children, but there is so much work to do and everyone needs help. It is a nightmare."

To help CARE tackle poverty by taking part in the challenge, visit the 2010 challenge website or call the CARE Challenge team on 020 7934 9470.

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