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IsraAID working with actor Penn in Haiti

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February 1, 2010 | 7:29 pm

IsraAID is partnering with actor Sean Penn and Israeli-born actress Moran Atias in its earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

IsraAID: The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid is expanding its work in some of the hardest hit areas of Port-au-Prince in close coordination with the relief efforts of Penn and Atias.

Along with other international nongovernmental organizations, IsraAID is providing medical care and post-trauma support to thousands of refugees who have gathered in makeshift camps outside the United States ambassador’s residence. The camps, which are now home to more than 50,000 refugees, receive support from the U.S. Embassy and other international NGOs that are providing food, temporary shelter and relief items.

IsraAID has been providing assistance to Haiti since 48 hours after the devastating earthquake that shook the Caribbean nation on Jan. 12. Its teams have been traveling to many of the satellite camps around Port-au-Prince that Penn and Atias are assisting to treat many of the injured and to assess the next phase of IsraAID relief efforts.

IsraAID’s efforts are funded by the American Jewish Committee, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and B’nai B’rith International, in addition to the Jewish federations of Metropolitan Chicago, Los Angeles, Cleveland and New York.

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