Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott is helping start an orphanage in Haiti.
The newlywed is partnering with Missy and Mike Wilson from Franklin, Tennessee to open a shelter/community center to house the growing number of orphans after the debilitating earthquake almost two years ago.
The Wilsons have six children (two adopted from Haiti) and have helped out there before through their church. However, in 2010, one of their daughters traveled to work in Haiti at a children’s home and was stranded with dozens of kids and other works after the earthquake hit. Since then, the Wilsons have visited Haiti to help out and deliver goods multiple times.
The orphanage, which is being built with the help of the MyLifeSpeaks organization, will be located in Neply, a city about 25 miles south of Port-au-Prince. It will house around eight children in a family-like environment with an area to serve meals to other children. The Wilsons hope to open more orphanages across the country.
Hillary has pledged money to the effort, and she has visited Haiti with the Wilsons to further the project. “To watch how the Wilson children have adapted, it’s a model we want to take into Haiti,” she says.
She isn’t the only artist helping Haiti. Sheryl Crow and Tim McGraw are working with AidStillRequired to provide support and money to the devastated country, with shout-outs on their Twitters to get their fans to donate as well.
-Kathryn Paulson, CMIL Intern