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Founded by actor and humanitarian Sean Penn, J/P HRO began its work just hours after the earthquake hit. Through his previous relief efforts � including experience rescuing hurricane victims and helping to rebuild New Orleans after hurricane Katrina � he had amassed a large network of emergency management and government contacts, whom he mobilized to take immediate action in Haiti. From J/P HRO_s very first days on the ground it was recognized as an agile and effective organization that spent its resources effectively. A year later, J/P HRO_s influence and achievements have increased significantly, precisely because the organization has maintained an agility and effective implementation of resources that maximizes impact and results for the Haitian people. J/P HRO_s goal is to help lift the nation of Haiti out of the rubble and give the Haitian people a better life. Our organization is dedicated to empowering Haitians to return to their previous lives, and to realize a more promising future. We envision a Haiti where a stable and sustainable standard of living can be achieved without dependence on outside organizations. J/P HRO employs nearly 300 staff, more than 90% of which are local Haitians. As the next phase of work in Haiti unfolds, we strive to continue to be leaders�finding new and more efficient ways of bringing relief and empowerment to the people of Haiti.