Edwards seemed pleased to be at the event:
Haiti is the poorest nation in the Northern Hemisphere as 70 percent of Haitians live on two dollars a day.
"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."
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)