Bill Clinton In Haiti To Visit Projects

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks at the closing session of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on September 26, 2013 in New York City.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks at the closing session of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on September 26, 2013 in New York City.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — 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 neighborhoods.

The Clinton Foundation helped the Institution Mixte 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 neighborhood 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 center and a new apparel manufacturer that invests part of its profits in its employees and their families.

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