A-list stars pledge long-term aid to Haiti
BY ROBERT W. WELKOS
Clint Eastwood, Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn and Daniel Craig are just some of the Hollywood A-listers who have pledged their long-term support to Haiti through annual donations of $50,000 for the next five years, the nonprofit group Artists for Peace and Justice announced today.
Also pledging long-term support for the cause are Jackson Browne, Gerard Butler, Russell Crowe with his wife and muscian Danielle Spencer, Penelope Cruz, Keith Urban and more.
APJ said it remains committed to long term sustainability in the earthquake ravaged country, including providing clean water, meals,medical supplies and educational material to the children.
?Emergency relief is still very important ? with the help of Operation USA, last week we trucked in another $150,000 in food and supplies to sustain the St. Luke?s program and the children and families of the slums that rely upon its outreach programs,? says Paul Haggis, founder of APJ. “Schools right now might not seem like the most important thing to reestablish but it just isn?t true. The children may not be in urgent need of an education, but they desperately need physical and psychological support. They need a daily meal and water and medical care that comes with our schools. These thousands of children need a safe place to gather, where they can find hope, and even joy and beauty. The issues on the rise right now are gangs, violent crime, prostitution and child slavery. Schools are more important now than ever.”
When built, the street schools will assist thousands of children living in the slums of Port-au-Prince. Prior to the earthquake, APJ had been committed to sponsoring a number of these schools in Haiti and supporting the work of Father Rick Frechette, a doctor and community organizer who works out of St. Damiens Pediatric Hospital in Port-au-Prince, the only free pediatric hospital in the country.