Classroom in new Port-au-Prince school to be named after Israeli actress and model as token of gratitude her voluntary work for earthquake victims
In January 2010 the earth moved in Haiti, leaving more than 230,000 people dead. Another 250,000 were injured.
Israel sent an aid mission to Haiti, which provided medical and humanitarian assistance to the injured and survivors who remained homeless. Another Israeli, actress and model Moran Atias, arrived with an aid delegation from Hollywood led by actor Sean Penn.
Atias volunteered in hospitals and helped care for the earthquake victims. She later helped raise more than $2 million for the construction of a school in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.
Now, as a token of gratitude, the Artists for Peace and Justice organization has decided to name one of the school’s classrooms after Atias. A similar honor has been bestowed on Hollywood actors Clint Eastwood, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Ben Stiller and Russell Crowe.
“I’m very excited by this move,” says Atias. “It’s a great honor and very exciting news, as far as I’m concerned, to be included in such a list. The school is opening at the city’s poorest neighborhood, but the most important thing is that we managed to save lives.”
The new school is slated to include a music center led by Quincy Jones, who in 1985 produced the USA for Africa project with the “We are the World” album. This time too he will work to raise funds for the victims, and specifically for the new music center.