PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Friday November 29, 2013 – Enduring pop star Madonna is currently touring Haiti at the invitation of her ex-husband Sean Penn to see the humanitarian projects that his J/P Haiti Relief Organization (J/P HRO) has been implementing since the catastrophic 2010 earthquake.
The Oscar-winning star of “Milk” disclosed that he has “maintained a great friendship over the years” with Madonna and after he invited her down on several occasions she finally took him up on the offer and flew in with her son Rocco.
“She’s here, she’s seeing, she’s made the effort to come here, and I’m thrilled by that,” Penn was quoted as saying by billboard.com.
The “Gangster Squad” actor added that her continued interest in Haiti’s plight could help keep attention on the rebuilding work still going on there and the need for ongoing assistance.”She has a unique platform, and wherever she chooses to bring that to, it’s very well,” he added.
Madonna, who’s no stranger to aiding poor countries and is noted for her work in Malawi, is chronicling her Haiti stops on Instagram for her legions of fans.
One shows her pictured with Rocco and others at a new hospital built by public health pioneer Dr Paul Farmer in the central part of the country. The caption reads “Revolution of Love in Haiti.”
In another, the “Material Girl” focused on education.
“Kids learning in temporary school thanks to @JP hro @seanpenn,” she wrote next to a shot of a young Haitian girl in school with the headline scrolled atop in red ink, “Knowledge is power.”
Another picture shows a view of the mountains at dusk, accompanied by the words “Sunset in Haiti. This is Heaven!”
Penn, meanwhile, has devoted much of the last three years away from the Hollywood glitz to lead J/P’s activities on the ground in Haiti, helping move thousands of people out of tent cities and into housing units as an ambassador-at-large for the country.
He has raised millions of dollars in aid for Haiti at international celebrity fundraisers, and in 2012 was presented with the Nobel laureates’ Peace Summit Award.
Penn and Madonna last reunited in Manhattan in September for a screening party for the singer’s SecretProjectRevolution film project. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)