Famed for Lost and Avatar roles, actress Michelle Rodriguez hosted the Edeyo Foundation’s “Change for Haiti” benefit last week in Manhattan, saying that educating Haiti’s children will help the island nation rise up from poverty and overcome the devastation from this year’s earthquake. See excerpts with link to the full article below:
The key to Haiti’s future lies in educating its youngest citizens so they can one day rebuild and lead a stronger nation, Avatar star Michelle Rodriguez told guests at the Edeyo Foundation’s rocking “Change for Haiti” fundraiser. “[. . .] if it all starts with education, and you start educating the children, and you start helping them be healthy enough to absorb this education, then don’t you think we might actually be able to make a difference on that beautiful little island right below us? Yeah!” said Rodriguez.
[. . .] Other celebrities who joined Rodriguez at Edeyo’s third-annual fundraiser were John Legend and Russell Simmons. The benefit raised money to help rebuild the Haitian school that Ernest had built three years ago, which the January earthquake destroyed. In 2007, Ernest founded Edeyo (which means “help them,” in Haitian Creole), and raised thousands of dollars to build the Ecole Communautaire du Bel-Air Herve Romain Coeur Joyeux [. . .]. The school provided more than 300 children with free education, a daily meal and a sense of comfort – until January 12, when the 7.0 earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, which left the school in ruins.
For full article, see http://www.tonic.com/article/michelle-rodriguez-helping-haitis-kids-will-save-haiti/