The release says that the seven-story project will be built through a combination of standard construction methods and pre-fabricated processes. It will have full conference facilities able to host up to 400 people for a single event. There will also be a fitness center, swimming pool, spa facilities and more. The hotel will have a Creole style and will be surrounded with lush tropical landscaping. Everything will be built to meet or exceed all international earthquake standards.
"We recognize the importance of having facilities that can house individuals during the rebuilding process," said Gonzalez-Bunster, whose holdings include energy investments in neighboring Dominican Republic. "It is currently extremely challenging to secure accommodations since so much of the infrastructure was decimated by the earthquake." Bill Clinton also gave the project praise saying that that "an adequate network of hotels is crucial to the country" and that this project is one of the many needed to help rebuild Port Au Prince.
The September issue of Smithsonian magazine has a great article on Haitian artists and their lives after the earthquake that killed 230,000 in January 2010. Smithsonian commissioned a painting by Haitian artist Frantz Zéphirin for the September 2010 issue cover which will be auctioned off for charity. The painting is more than just a piece of art it's representation of the response to Haiti's earthquake. The birds represent those who have offered help and carry words such as justice, education, health, and peace in their beaks. The bags with dollar signs show that Haiti is still in dire financial need.
Fifty percent of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Smithsonian Institution-Haiti Cultural Recovery Project and the other half will go to the artist and the Gallerie Monnin, which represents Zéphirin and plans to donate part of its proceeds to the Dallas Monnin Foundation, a foundation that hopes to protect the environment in Haiti through reforestation, to conserve watershed areas and to conduct civic education classes for children in the Port Salut area. The auction starts on September 8 and ends on September 17. The minimum bid is $4,000.
Following the Hope for Haiti telethon, donations have continued to roll in from the rich and famous. Check out a few of the big givers in the gallery below.
Gallery: Haiti's Big Givers
When disaster strikes like it has in Haiti, it's hard to find the silver lining. But if there's one to be found, it's how people come together to lend a hand.
At the Golden Globe awards this past Sunday, Chrysler showed up on the red carpet with one of its top-of-the-line 300C luxury sedans and invited the celebrities attending to sign it. Among the 300 celebrities who put their names down for the cause included Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock, Morgan Freeman, Sigourney Weaver and Neil Patrick Harris,
The car was equipped with such eco touches as cork and bamboo interior, donated personally by Chrysler brand CEO Olivier Francois (pictured above) and was specially branded for the cause. It's is set to be auctioned at an event soon to be announced to raise funds for the American Red Cross in its relief efforts in Haiti.