Forget Oprah, Kim Kardashian, Donna Karan and their ridiculous fashion shows as they trot through Haiti. Check out Minister Louis Farrakhan’s donation of a spectacular $150,000 water purification which churns out 30,000 gallons a day of clean water. It’s solar-powered and was installed in partnership with Ezili Danto and the Haitian Lawyers’ Leadership Network (HLLN).
Farrakhan arrived in Port-au-Prince on Sunday and is being received very well among politicians and the people.
By Richard B. Muhammad Editor | Last updated: Dec 13, 2011 – 12:57:44 PM
(FinalCall.com) – Media turned out for a major press conference at Toussaint L’Ouverture Airport in Port-au-Prince when the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan arrived in Haiti, the western hemisphere’s first Black republic.
The Minister’s arrival Dec. 11 sparked a flurry of activity and meetings, which included the press conference and a reception that evening attended by some of Haiti’s national lawmakers, said Abdul Akbar Muhammad, international representative of the Nation of Islam.
During the reception, Min. Farrakhan walked through Haiti’s history and independence heroes in a masterful way, said Mr. Akbar Muhammad.
“He talked about the importance of Haiti, the Caribbean, and what Haiti was and is,” the longtime aide to Min. Farrakhan said. “This trip to Haiti has been overwhelming, in terms of their reception of the Minister, it was almost unbelievable.”
Min. Farrakhan shared how Voodoo was important to the country’s coming to birth and though Haitians may be Christians and Muslims, leaders of the spiritual movements need to come together for the good of the country, he continued.
The Minister was scheduled to be in Haiti for five days and is looking at how the Nation can help Haiti rebuild almost two years after a major earthquake.
“I have longed throughout my life to set my foot in the sacred soil of Haiti,” Min. Farrakhan said, at the airport press conference.
Haitian Foreign Minister Laurent Lamor welcomed the Minister at the airport. President Michel Martelly is scheduled to meet with Min. Farrakhan during the visit.
Haitians welcomed the Minister is a wonderful way, said Mr. Akbar Muhammad.
The Haitian government has provided security and transportation within the country, he added.
Prior to his visit, the Minister and the Nation of Islam donated a $150,000 water purification system to Haiti in August, on the 200th anniversary of the gathering that led to the Haitian Revolution. The 30,000 gallon-a-day system, which is solar powered, was installed in partnership with activist Ezili Danto and her Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network. The installation included a weeklong training on the system and a delegation of Nation of Islam Muslims primarily of Haitian descent. The water will be distributed to different communities in Port-au-Prince. Cholera, a waterborne disease, has killed hundreds and injured thousands in Haiti, and the system was part of an effort by Min. Farrakhan to directly help the poorest and most vulnerable Haitians. Cholera is widely believed to have been introduced by unsanitary practices of a contingent of UN peacekeepers.