Nobel laureates honor Sean Penn Mar21

Nobel laureates honor Sean Penn

(CNN) — In Haiti, actor Sean Penn brushed aside mockery in the media for his penchant for taking up causes. Someone, he said, had to do something after the devastating earthquake. Now he’s being recognized for his efforts. Penn will be presented with the 2012 Peace Summit Award next month during the annual meeting of Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Every year, the Nobel Laureates honor a cultural or entertainment personality who has promoted peace and stood up for human rights. The laureates are honoring Penn’s work in 2010, when he left Hollywood glamor behind and set up shop on the slopes of a private golf club in...

Kay Kominote by Vanessa Short Mar20

Kay Kominote by Vanessa Short

The voices and laughter of children, the bright colors on the wall, and the smiling faces of volunteers are what welcomes me as I enter J/P HRO’s Kay Kominote (Community House) in Delmas 48. The space is filled with creativity from top to bottom. The presence of young Haitian artists set this place apart from all the other J/P HRO facilities. Each multi-purpose room in the repurposed single family home has its own design and theme. My favorite room is called the “house of culture” it has flashy multicolored circles drawn on the wall with names and birthdays of community members written in the middle. An average of 600...