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How to Help Sean Penn with His Mission in Haiti

Where: Haiti
February 1, 2012 at 2:12 PM | by | ()

On the latest episode of Oprah's Next Chapter, the talk show icon visited Sean Penn at his J/P HRO camp in Haiti. Penn has been helping with the Haiti relief effort since the catastrophic earthquake hit in 2010. His organization provides emergency medical services, distributes food and water purification systems, and runs Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps with the ultimate goal of finding stable housing for all those still living in the camps.

Oprah toured the camp with Penn, who explained there are still more than 20,000 people living in the tent city, which includes a market where people trade goods, a clinic, and a free school that educates more than 400 kids.

J/P HRO is always looking for volunteers to help out at the camp, but this isn't a journey for those looking to take a short vacation with a few hours of volunteering thrown in. According to the organization's website, "Volunteers are expected to be available to serve, work and assist each day that they are at Petionville Camp. From Monday-Saturday work hours can be long, and daily schedules may be irregular. Volunteers live in tents, sometimes shared with other volunteers or share a bunk room."

They are also very strict about the use of computers or cameras, any blogging or posting about the camp, personal fundraising for the camp, having visitors while there, or taking personal outings. But, as Sean Penn explained to Oprah, the work can definitely be rewarding.

To learn more about volunteering with, or donating to, J/P HRO, visit jphro.org.

[Photo: TheSuperficial]

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