After a $1 million+ injection of funds back in May (thanks to some help from Leonardo DiCaprio), Sean Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organization has just received another boost — a $2.25 million grant from the World Bank. The cash is part of a $95 million effort financed by the organization and the Haiti Reconstruction Fund to get some 500,000 people back into redeveloped neighborhoods.
”We believe this grant marks an important step in the rebuilding of Haiti,” Penn, 51, said in a statement. “Together, we will persist until the hundreds of thousands still displaced are safely home.”
According to the group, the money will be used to assist more than 500 families with rental subsidies, new home construction/repairs and solar-powered water kiosks. Those living in the most dangerous parts of the Penn-inspired relief camps will be the first to receive the aid.
Penn has been on the scene in Haiti ever since the deadly 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the country in January 2010, killing more than 300,000 and displacing more than 1 million others. On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy, he told The Hollywood Reporter that his service there will be a life-long mission.
"There's no end point," he said. "This is where I'll be when I'm not working, for the rest of my life."
To donate, please visit the J/P Haitian Relief Organization website here.