President Clinton has visited several sites in Haiti, where Foundation investments and partnerships have made a difference. One of those sites was SRS Haiti, co-founded by Mike Shinoda and supported with a $250,000 investment of the Clinton Foundation last year. Here is a little news and social media round up of the visit:
The Clinton Foundation has been actively engaged in Haiti since 2009, focusing on economic diversification, private sector investment and job creation in order to create long-term, sustainable economic development. In 2013 the Haiti team provided approximately $1 million in grants and investments to support Haitian entrepreneurs, small businesses, and farming cooperatives, helped to facilitate more than $30 million in foreign direct investment into Haiti, and continued to provide capacity building and access to markets for Haitian businesses and the Haitian Center for Investment Facilitation.
Today, President Clinton visited the recycling collection and bailing center of Sustainable Recycling Solutions Haiti (SRS). The Clinton Foundation worked to help relaunch SRS last year with a joint $250,000 investment with Todd Wagner.
In just the past three months SRS, working with their network of collectors, have taken over 10 million bottles off the streets. In addition, the Foundation has worked with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park who co-founded SRS, to bring more visibility to this project. Eco Wear has partnered with SRS to buy plastic bottles to create a variety of consumer products, including merchandise for Linkin Park.
In addition, Giant Dragon, which has recycling operations in Hong Kong and the Dominican Republic, has partnered with SRS and announced that it has committed to purchasing a minimum of 4 million pounds of SRS plastic over the next year.
Instagram and Twitter
.@billclinton Thank you sir. I couldn’t be more grateful for your visit & support of what we’re doing in Haiti. srshaiti.com @bobbyhundreds @chideo @musicforrelief
Yesterday, we met @m_shinoda of @linkinpark at the SRS Haiti recycling facility. Since 2012, SRS has recycled over 100 million bottles to help grow Haiti’s #recycling industry and create #employment opportunities for Haitians
President Clinton and Linkin Park’s @m_shinoda at plastic recycling program in Haiti @bobbyhundreds
As you can see, Bobby Hundreds accompanied Mike on his trip to Haiti and has also met President Clinton at SRS Haiti. He has published the first part of a blog about their trip including some really great photos:
I’ve never stepped foot in Haiti before. I consider myself fairly educated, and I was still ignorant enough to think up until a couple weeks ago that this country lied somewhere in the Pacific. We’re but an hour’s flight from Miami but it feels like a different planet entirely. The sights and smells are reminiscent to me of rural Latin America or deserted Thailand, cinderblock homesteads and barefoot children, deforested wastelands wafting with the interesting scents of dust, food oils, and sewage. The people are largely homogeneous, as we sat in traffic on the way into the city, the looks I got alternated between curiosity, confusion, and at times, hostility.
Photos and more HERE!
In other news, SRS Haiti is apparently launching its own blog soon. On Monday the first entry called “SRS Blog Coming Soon” was posted on the homepage without further comment.