Wyclef, Russell Simmons Back Haiti Program

Celebrities are coming out in heavy support for a project in Port-au-Prince, Haiti that recycles trash into energy, as an online campaign is underway for the program, Love N’ Haiti, to win a BBC grant. Love N’ Haiti was chosen as one of 12 eligible programs for the BBC World News’ World Challenge ’09, an annual contest that awards groundbreaking projects and small businesses worldwide. This year, the program with the most online votes wins a cash grant, so organizers behind Love N’ Haiti have launched an online campaign to galvanize votes. Actress Garcelle Beauvais is a campaign ambassador, as well as Russell Simmons, Tony Yayo, Jamie Hector and Wyclef Jean. Former president Bill Clinton is also behind the cause, stating in a video, “This project cleans up the neighborhood, reduces the need to cut down trees and is an example of the kind of thing that can be done and replicated all across Haiti and in countries all across the world.” Voting for the contest ends on November. 13. –Clover Hope