January 12, 2013
Saturday
Jan 12
2013

Press Release: President Clinton announces Clinton Foundation to provide solar power to Mission of Hope in Haiti

New York, NY
Press Release

New York, NY—Today, President Clinton announced that the William J. Clinton Foundation will provide the Mission of Hope Housing Community in Leveque, Haiti with approximately 40 solar streetlights and will work with staff to solarize a school being constructed in the community.  The Clinton Foundation will also work with the Mission of Hope agricultural team to explore the opportunity to install a solar drip irrigation system. 

As part of a trip to Haiti commemorating the third anniversary of the earthquake, President Clinton toured the Mission of Hope Housing Community, a successful housing resettlement program in Haiti, where 314 families have already moved.

The solar streetlights that the Clinton Foundation will provide are particularly important for these communities, as Mission of Hope has relocated 168 deaf families from Cite Soleil to the Leveque community.  The lights will provide these families with better security and constant visibility in an otherwise dark area.

Mission of Hope is committed to seeing the next generation of leaders empowered with a sound education through their school programs. The Clinton Foundation will procure the streetlights from Enersa, a Haitian solar manufacturer that has installed over 3,000 solar streetlights throughout Haiti.

On this trip to Haiti, President Clinton also visited the Government of Haiti Memorial to the earthquake, and met with President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

About the Clinton Foundation in Haiti
The Clinton Foundation has been actively engaged in Haiti since 2009, focusing on private sector investment and job creation in order to create long-term, sustainable economic development. After the devastating earthquake in 2010, President Clinton formed the Clinton Foundation Haiti Fund and raised $16.4 million from individual donors for immediate earthquake relief efforts. Since 2010, the Clinton Foundation has spent a total of $28 million in Haiti, including relief funds as well as projects focused on restoring Haiti's communities, sustainable development, and capacity building. The Clinton Foundation has now refocused its efforts in Haiti from emergency planning, putting emphasis on private sector investment and job creation as well as capacity building and education. In 2012, the Clinton Foundation concentrated on the four priority sectors of energy, tourism, agriculture, and apparel/manufacturing, working to bring new investors, develop and support local organizations and business and improve Haiti’s business environment to facilitate economic growth.

 

About the William J. Clinton Foundation
Building on a lifetime of public service, President Bill Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. Since 2001, President Clinton’s vision and leadership have resulted in nearly 5 million people benefiting from lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment; more than 15,000 U.S. schools building healthier learning environments; more than 51,000 micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners, and smallholder farmers improving their livelihoods and communities; and more than 248 million tons of CO2 being reduced in cities around the world. And President Clinton has redefined the way we think about giving and philanthropy through his Clinton Global Initiative, whose members have made more than 2,300 commitments that are improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. For more information, visit clintonfoundation.org, read our blog at clintonfoundation.org/upclose, and follow us on Twitter @ClintonTweet and Facebook at Facebook.com/BillClinton.