Born in 1958 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, son of a physician and a senior official of the World Health Organization (WHO), Jean-Max Bellerive left his homeland at an early age to begin his…

LT General P.K. (Ken) Keen

He commanded a Company and an Airborne Battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division; 1st Ranger Battalion and the 75th Ranger Regiment; a Special Forces Detachment; Military Group…

Bryan Lourd

Bryan Lourd is a partner and Managing Director of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency, based in Los Angeles with offices in New York, London, Nashville…

Matt O’Connell

Matt O’Connell has been an executive in the dental industry for more than 20 years and is currently the President of VITA North America located in Orange County, California…

Sean Penn

In January 2010, shortly after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, Sean Penn established the J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO). Initially an emergency relief…

Fernando Sulichin

Born and raised in Argentina, Fernando Sulichin moved to the United States in late 1980s. His intention was to finish his degree in architecture. While at the University of Southern California…

Paul G. Vallas

Paul Vallas is the Superintendent of the Recovery School District, which includes 67 traditional and charter schools in New Orleans. He is implementing sweeping district-wide reforms…

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Haiti was singled out as a country of people who are unwanted and we just marked eight years since over 250,000 of our Haitians neighbors lost their lives.

For this reason, and so many others, we are taking a moment to share the Haiti we know and love. The Haiti filled with neighbors, friends, co-workers, brothers and sisters who, with their bare hands, pulled each other out of rubble and carried each other to safety. It is the Haiti of our 200 Haitian staff, working tirelessly every day to work with communities to provide medical care to infants and children while also promoting public health to tens of thousands; where our teachers provide young boys and girls a genuine opportunity to succeed. We know a Haiti that has been hit harder and more often by everything mother nature has to offer, and yet continues with a resiliency you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else; where the all-Haitian J/P HRO emergency response team to Hurricane Matthew, which devastated Haiti's South, helped 25,000 people return to a safe, dry home.

At J/P HRO we have always refused to blindly follow what has always been done. All of J/P HRO successes are guided by the people in Haiti themselves, by getting down to the ground level to do things with and in support of Haitians.

With time, Haiti will become more integral to the global economy. This is change that you will be able to see, touch, taste and wear. This will be no small feat, but J/P HRO is no stranger to challenging the status quo and persevering in the face of long odds. It's where we began and it's time to go back to what started this organization. We are not complacent. We are not okay with "good," or even "great." We are J/P HRO, and we want to keep doing the impossible.

Haiti is not looking for a handout. This great country will not be defined by an earthquake, hurricane or poverty. Instead, Haiti's difficult history will be overcome by the will of its people and with the attention and support of a compassionate world.

Today more than ever, we must stand in solidarity with the people of Haiti. Please help us show them they are in our thoughts and hearts.

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