updated 10/08/2010 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/08/2010 AT 8:40 AM ET
Sean Penn just got the ultimate seal of approval: President Clinton announced his support of Penn’s ongoing work in Haiti with a half a million-dollar donation.
The Clinton Foundation donated $500,000 to Penn’s charity, J/P Haitian Relief Organization. The money will provide for bridge funding for a camp in Petionville, which is run by the group.
“Rebuilding housing for more than 1 million people displaced by the earthquake will take time, as teams on the ground continue to clear rubble and build infrastructure, including water and sanitation systems,” President Clinton said. “In the interim, our commitment to the Petionville camp, managed by J/P HRO, will ensure the 55,000 people living there, including many children, can access health care, education, and job training services until families are able to move into more permanent homes.”
“The support of President Clinton and the Clinton Foundation is an extraordinary boost in our organization’s ability to continue its work in Haiti,” Penn told PEOPLE. “From the beginning the Clinton Foundation staff and leadership have generously shared expertise and essential logistical support.”