Former US president Bill Clinton joins Caroline Sada of Ayiti Natives during a tour of the kitchen at Union Des Apotres-Prodev School in Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince. Picture: Dieu Nalio Chery


Port-au-Prince - Bill Clinton arrived in Haiti on 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 US 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 organise a donation of 64 solar panels by NRG Energy, 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.