Six days later, actor and humanitarian Sean Penn hired a private jet, filled it with doctors, pain medication and antibiotics, and flew to Haiti for what he thought would be a two-week relief effort. At the time, people sought shelter in any open space.
Tens of thousands living in the destroyed Pétitionville neighborhood set up makeshift camps on what was then a privately owned golf course. Sean convinced the government and golf course owner to allow him to take over the camp.
Two years later, Sean Penn is still knee-deep running the nongovernmental organization he called J/P Haitian Relief Organization, known as J/P HRO. The organization manages the tent camp, where originally 60,000 people had been living when Sean first arrived.