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Thursday, December 04, 2008

John Edwards, Others at Casa per Piccoli Angeli in Haiti

John Edwards was in Haiti along with Madeline Stowe (who helped campaign for JRE last winter) and others to celebrate the ribbon cutting of a new children's rehab hospital in Haiti. The hospital was built by Italian non-profit NPH.

Edwards seemed pleased to be at the event:

"I am particularly excited about being here for the opening of this rehabilitation facility which is much-needed," Edwards told AFP.

"I am also here to help, we hope, bring attention to the plight of the Haitian people, their struggles and their efforts to have a better life."

Haiti is the poorest nation in the Northern Hemisphere as 70 percent of Haitians live on two dollars a day.

The new facility can assist 5,000 children per year, said NPH spokesperson Gina Heratz.

"In Haiti, handicapped children are often abandoned and are regarded as a burden and a waste of time," she said.

Good to see John Edwards working towards bringing awareness about poverty close to home, and that others have joined with him, especially when it affects handicapped children. The Italian company, Coccinelle lent a hand by launching their ethical 'Goodie Bag' a beautifully handcrafted leather bag at an amazingly reasonable price of $150. All of the proceeds from the sale of the "ladybug" bag went to the Francesca Rava Foundation, which is funding this new center which is also known as "the House for Little Angels". The Mediolanum Group was another benefactor for Casa per Piccoli Angeli.

(h/t to another JRE supporter, via e-mail)

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  • This sounds like a great cause for Edwards to support!

    By Blogger bettync, at 9:27 AM  

  • Thanks for pointing to this good news, Benny.

    By Blogger Jude Nagurney Camwell, at 4:56 PM  

  • Someone on the Left, who is nationally known, needs to be added to the Obama cabinet in order to counterbalance those members who lean to the Right.
    I nominate Senator John Edwards. America already knows who John Edwards is, and he was the only candidate who dared speak against the moneyed interests who have taken over our government and the U.S. treasury, your tax money, which is being sent as "bail out" money directly into the pockets of the already super rich. So far, Obama has chosen, mostly, Wall Street promoters to in his cabinet. John Edwards would be a refreshing change. Is not change what Obama is supposed to be about? John Edwards is for the workers and unions, i.e. Main Street, not Wall Street.

    He also walked and comforted people whose homes were being foreclosed:

    John Edwards is, also, the only candidate for President that actually went down to New Orleans on several occasions and worked along side those striving to try to bring back the areas that remain so devastated from the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
    Watch the video:

    By Blogger Cherubim, at 8:29 PM  

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