Trenton Daniel AP:
Former U.S. President and UN special envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton waves to the children of the Union Des Apotres – Prodev School in Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday Feb. 17, 2014. Clinton is in Haiti to visit several projects that focus on agriculture and the environment, including the Union Des Apotres – Prodev solar-powered school that his private foundation has assisted and a training school for Haitian coffee farmers. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Bill Clinton arrived in Haiti Monday to shine a spotlight on some of the projects that his private foundation has supported to help the country recover from a devastating earthquake in 2010.
The former U.S. president began the visit with a tour at a solar-powered primary school in Cite Soleil, a forsaken seaside slum that is one of the Caribbean nation’s poorest neighbourhoods.
The Clinton Foundation helped the Union des Apotres-Prodev plant trees and a garden, meant to help feed the school’s 200 students. And it helped organize a donation of 64 solar panels by NRG Energy, Inc., valued at $100,000.
“This is going to be a complete — not only educational but neighbourhood experience,” Clinton told reporters. “It’s a good model.”
During his visit, Clinton will also tour a training school for Haitian coffee farmers in a remote village, as well as a recycling centre and a new apparel manufacturer that invests part of its profits in its employees and their families.