Sean Penn Out of Dubai Film Festival to go to Haiti

It was reported that the Actor turned humanitarian Sean Penn excused himself from the Dubai Film Festival this week as he was scheduled to receive a lifetime achievement award to fly to Haiti because as he stated "the situation in the crisis-hit country has worsened".


Sean Penn's JP, Haitian Relief Organization, manages a large tent city on what used to be the Petion Ville Country Club. The Actor turned humanitarian.

Penn arrived in Haiti immediately following the 2010 earthquake of January 21 that killed close to 300,000 people. Founded with philanthropist Diana Jenkins, Sean Penn's JP, Haitian Relief Organization started to work drainage around Port-au-Prince. Shortly after that, Sean Penn's organization has become responsible for a tend city on the grounds of a former golf club in Petion Ville.

With over 55,000 refugees, Sean Penn's JP is one of the largest camps of displaced persons in Haiti.

Following the Earthquake, Sean Penn was living among the people under the tent for six months. He left Haiti for two months to film the movie "This Must Be The Place". By the time he returned to Haiti, a new crisis was devastating the country. Haiti was hit by a cholera outbreak, the country's first cholera outbreak for over 50 years.

Former president Bill Clinton has provided Sean Penn's JP, Haitian Relief Organization $500,000 in funding from Bill Clinton's Foundation. However, the organization was struggling to find even more funding to continue to run the tent city.

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