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Rebuilding Haiti after the earthquake

A former prime minister of Haiti will visit a Leeds school to report on rebuilding her devastated country.

Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis will speak to pupils at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School on Thursday 14 October.

Madam Pierre-Louis was Prime Minister of Haiti from September 2008 to November 2009.

The former premier is highlighting the work of a charity helping people in developing countries.

Haiti was hit by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in January 2010 from which it is still recovering.

An estimated 1.5 million people are still homeless following the devastating quake that killed more than 200,000 inhabitants of the Caribbean island.

Headteacher Liz Cox said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to learn about development issues and to meet a world leader."

Aid work in Haiti
A doctor from Leeds helps give aid following the earthquake

Only school

Madam Pierre-Louis will be in the UK for two days and Cardinal Heenan is the only school that she will be visiting.

It is a 900 pupil school for boys and girls aged 11 to 16.

Madam Pierre-Louis has become an advocate for the just rebuilding of Haiti following the earthquake and has worked on literacy programmes and agrarian reform.

The charity Progressio sends highly-skilled people to work with grassroots organisations in 11 developing countries.

It is funded by the UK Department for International Development and charitable donations from individuals.