04/19/1999 at 12:00 AM EDT

Claudia Schiffer has donated $2 million to build homes for Honduran victims of October's Hurricane Mitch. The donation, made through the Spanish foundation Pueblos de la Tierra de Palma de Mallorca, will pay for construction of 112 homes, said San Pedro Sula Mayor Roberto Larios. The supermodel's gift "will benefit many compatriots," he said Tuesday. (The northern city of San Pedro Sula, 100 miles north of Tegucigalpa, is the country's second largest city and considered a crucial point for development). Schiffer has invested in hotels along Honduras' Atlantic coast and in 1997 acquired a $2 million-dollar mansion on Honduras' Roatan Island, a tourist center that largely escaped Mitch's wrath.

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