Sean Penn is to honored by the Producers Guild of America for his charity work in Haiti.
The actor/director will be awarded the 2011 Stanley Kramer Award for his work with the J/P Haitian Relief Organization in Haiti since the earthquake struck a year ago.
Penn’s humanitarian work has found him in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and more recently in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. In January 2010, Penn founded the Jenkins-Penn Haitian Relief Organization which focuses on medical aid, protection, and re-location. His organization is currently serving as UN IOM designated Camp Management for one of the largest IDP camps in Port-au-Prince and established the first emergency re-location in the country. They work with both government and non government agencies to deliver immediate results where the need is greatest. Their efforts include but are not limited to providing emergency medical and primary care services, delivering badly needed medical equipment and medicine, distributing food and water purification systems, improving communication systems, and rubble removal in the neighborhoods surrounding the Petionville Camp when they are camp managers. 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.
“We are proud to honor Sean Penn with this award as he truly exemplifies the Stanley Kramer legacy,” says the PGA Awards’ Paula Wagner. “Sean is a committed activist who has used his extraordinary talents and influence to shed light on powerful stories, causes and individuals — through film, journalism and global humanitarian organizations.”
The PGA Awards will be held on January 22 in Los Angeles.