Sean Penn Gets $500G Haitian Relief Check From Bill Clinton

By Greg Wilson
|  Friday, Oct 8, 2010  |  Updated 10:30 AM EDT
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Actor-turned-activist Sean Penn just picked up a big donation for his current cause of Haitian earthquake relief, a $500,000 check from Bill Clinton's foundation.

The Clinton Foundation donated $500,000 to Penn's charity, J/P Haitian Relief Organization. The money will provide for bridge funding for a camp in Petionville.

Penn, who even moved to Haiti following the.e devastating Jan. 12 quake, has worked tirelessly to bring relief to the more than one million left homeless on the island nation. Previously, Penn worked to bring relief to his adopted hometown of New Orleans after the 2005 Hurricane Katrina.

"Rebuilding housing for more than 1 million people displaced by the earthquake will take time, as teams on the ground continue to clear rubble and build infrastructure, including water and sanitation systems," President Clinton said. "In the interim, our commitment to the Petionville camp, managed by J/P HRO, will ensure the 55,000 people living there, including many children, can access health care, education, and job training services until families are able to move into more permanent homes."

Penn told People magazine the funding will be put to good use.

"The support of President Clinton and the Clinton Foundation is an extraordinary boost in our organization's ability to continue its work in Haiti," Penn said. "From the beginning the Clinton Foundation staff and leadership have generously shared expertise and essential logistical support."

Selected Reading: People, JPHRO.org, ClintonFoundation.org.

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