Clinton: Clear Ruins Now, Build Better Tomorrows for Haiti

Money is what Haiti needs the most now, former U.S. President Bill Clinton wrote in a Washington Post editorial. Donations, he said, are required to provide water, food, shelter and basic medical supplies for those who were rendered homeless, hungry and hurt by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, most likely totaling 3 million.

Clinton, who was appointed as United Nations special envoy for Haiti in June 2009, seeks the help of governments, businesses and private citizens to help rebuild the impoverished from the disaster.

"As we clear the rubble, we will create better tomorrows by building Haiti back better: with stronger buildings, better schools and health care; with more manufacturing and less deforestation; with more sustainable agriculture and clean energy," he said.

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  • Eliza Villarino

    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.