Former US president George W. Bush visits Haiti

Posted at 08/11/2010 1:28 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Former US president George W. Bush visited Haiti and praised the quake-ravaged country's progress, but acknowledged much remained to be done.

Bush paid a brief visit to the country to inspect projects being funded by the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund he leads with former president Bill Clinton, including a mango processing facility and a small sewing business, which saw its offices destroyed in the January 12 quake.

Speaking to journalists, Bush said he wanted his trip to highlight the impact that donations giving to the Clinton Bush fund are having on the ground in Haiti.

In a statement issued before he landed, his office said the former president wanted to "draw attention to the great ongoing need in Haiti, and... encourage Americans to continue to give what they can to help their neighbors in need."

President Barack Obama tasked Bush and Clinton to lead the fund just days after the massive quake, which killed at least 250,000 people and left 1.5 million Haitians homeless.

Bush's trip also included a stop at the Gheskio Center, a hospital catering to those with HIV/AIDS, which has also been the recipient of US funds.

Among those tailing the former president on his trip was his daughter Jenna, who is contributing reporting to US television station NBC.

Bush, on his second trip to Haiti since the earthquake, stopped off at a camp for displaced people that is now home to some 6,000 people, including a number of children being educated with grants provided by the Fund.

The former president rounded off his trip with a meeting with Haiti's President Rene Preval.