Penn’s Haiti Charity Receives $2 Million Grant

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September 16, 2011 | 7:40am EST

Sean Penn’s Haiti relief charity has been given a boost after receiving a $2.25 million grant to help victims of the devastating 2010 earthquake.
Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization will use the money to repair homes, assist more than 500 needy families, and build solar-powered water kiosks, according to the Associated Press.

The generous donation was made by officials at the World Bank, a financial institution aiming to reduce poverty by handing out loans to developing countries.

The Milk star co-founded the relief foundation after the Caribbean country was ravaged by a severe quake in January last year.