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March 10th, 2010
09:46 PM ET

Sean Penn's Mission in Haiti: Join the Live Chat

Tonight on 360°, actor Sean Penn on his efforts to help quake survivors in Haiti. Why are the homeless still in limbo nearly two months after the disaster? We're keeping them honest. Plus, big questions being raised after  the arrest of the Pennsylvania woman who goes by the name "Jihad Jane" and the Islamic extremists here in the U.S. who support her.

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  1. lisa

    Does Haiti need additional money to get shelter for all these people or is all the money that has been donated not been released to give these people aid?

    March 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Monica M. Williams

    Good Evening Everyone,

    Doing the right thing by Haiti –

    Shelter, money, the Haitian government doing the right thing. I truly wish this gets worked out. 3 months later, there are still many of us concerned.

    Myself, along with a group of other fitness instructors will be donating our talents and time for a fitness benefit next month. The particulars of having all funds donated to the American Red Cross was just confirmed on Monday. I unsettles me to think money raised from this upcoming event may never reach the Haitian citizens.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Tony Mendicino

    Rather than give huge sums of money to a corrupt Haitian government to build shelters, why not allocate money to US contractors to build the shelters. This would help both the Haitian population and provide needed construction jobs for American workers.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Jan Telman

    Use the fema concept–flat house. Ship the material and Haitians would gladly help build their own.
    In addition:
    There are other Hotels outside of the city. Is it possible to use these as a temporary solution. Is it possible to use the FEMA

    March 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  5. Nyak Gala

    I think its amazing what Sean is doing for Haiti, its wonderful. Its sad but it has a natural disaster for the world to come together like this. Its great.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  6. carolinekeltner

    why cant the United States temporilary loan to Haiti the trailers that were destined to the people in Katrina. Surley they are sill housed somewhere.....Thank You.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The radical Muslims seem to be able to do whatever it takes to succeed in their cause.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  8. Nancy in Oregon

    I think Sean Penn put his finger on the reason for the great interest and response in the US toward Haiti...it is 90 minutes away from us. Places like Rawanda must just sound as far as the moon.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  9. Cessy-Chicago

    Go Carlos!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Gaylord D. Duval (JIM)

    I just can not believe that there is not more being done in a orderly/timely fashion for these poor people,what is the goverment waiting for??Now the rainy season, so what is the hold up?? another diaster???It blows my mine and thought process.
    We gave money in many different ways here in the U.S. to aid these people and looks like they have not received or seen any benifit from these donated dollars.Tell Us what is the problem?? and hold up???
    SOMEONE DO SOMETHING FOR THESE POOR SOULS IN NEED. PLEASE HELP THEM...

    March 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Paula, Colorado

    Sean Penn has done incredible work in Haiti. Your interview has been fascinating.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Adelaide

    What a brave little boy!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  13. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @ David, Indiana

    What a great post! You are so right! Where is the shelter!

    Yes, i checked into actual geodesic homes and it is feasible and necessary.

    As i said last night, i contacted the Clinton Foundation to ask if that type of housing would be considered in the future for Haiti.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Brenda Jarboe

    Thank you Sean for doing everything you do. You not only give your own money to each and every cause that is needed. You also are there personally doing hands on work.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  15. Andrew

    Unfortunately the Haitian government is extremely corrupt. No matter who is left in charge. It's part of the culture and unless the US administers the funds, food, clothing etc...it will disappear into the black market.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  16. Charlotte

    Anderson you and Sean or doing such a great job trying to help the people of hati may god bless you both

    March 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  17. Kim- Ohio

    Thanks Anderson for this Haiti update!!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  18. Emily

    @Jo Ann,

    "I can't help but wonder how many Haitian people could be fed on what it cost to throw one of those wasteful Oscar parties."

    That is an interesting thought!
    I wonder if any one at any of them were doing a fund raiser or something? ...not likely, I'm sure in their borrowed outfits, and jewellery!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  19. Allen

    I think to many people keep talking about Haiti. When bed thinks are going on right here in the USA. Dont get me wrong my Lord Jesus sad help my people. At the same time you need to use wisdom in your help.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  20. Lisa

    Haiti – unimaginable suffering. A nation that had nothing before the quake now, somehow, has even less. God bless those that have been touched by it and those that are helping. Godspeed.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  21. Vince

    Anderson – besides the raining season, the hurricane season starts in June and as we know the makeshift tents are pretty much excess flying objects in a hurricane; no match for the stormy rains and therefore cannot provide any form of protection. I just hope that all these factors are being considered in some sort of a plan.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  22. lori

    I used to volunteer with a group called Corazon. They build housing for poor families in Mexico and can finish a house per day. They use the same set of plans over and over.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  23. Vivian - Montreal

    Sean Penn is so right about the situation in Haiti

    March 10, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  24. Bernie

    I spent a short time in CapHaiten at the end of January. The needs are great outside Port au Prince for small hospitals in process of building to accomodate patients repatriated to Haiti. Please keep the Haiti appeal alive...there are years of rehab ahead for people with injuries that need care for months and years ahead. How can we get connected to Sean Penn to keep this area being revitalized alive to accomodate people in need of rehab and would care?
    Bernie

    March 10, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  25. johnny bravo

    the world has givin enough money, we should not pay for the money that is stolen. why should we give more when the people of haiti are stealing it?

    March 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  26. A. Smith, Oregon

    @ David, Indiana yes Oregon Domes has shipped hundreds and hundreds of heavy geodesic domed tents to the Haitian people that should hold up in severe storms that are expected to hit Haiti in June-July.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  27. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Even worse, all those people Americans helped save will be homeless and sick and many will die just because they lack some inexpensive prefab housing!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  28. Tatiana

    @Emily,
    Thx! When you endured so much in life, somehow you become more and more resilient to situation like the one happening right now in Haiti. It seems like it never gets better for us, no matter how hard we try. We always preparing ourselves for the worst. I know it's hard to believe, but that's how it is in my homeland.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  29. Elizabeth

    Apart from the rainy season creating another disaster in Haiti, hurricane season starts end June. It might be an idea for the Haitian government to step aside for a time so that more competent people can pull that country together again. Money is continually pumped into Haiti and it remains dysfunctional.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  30. Adelaide

    I have great respect for Mr. Penn, but I would like the aid mone to stay as far away from Preval as possible....don't trust him.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  31. emmanuel

    the gove't and the NGO have a conflict of interests. They need the people on the ground to justify getting money.
    we must get other willing gov't to accept the haitian people in their country and use our donations in these countries. Please stop messing around with the people's livelihood. Somebody help. Senegal want to take in haitians, ant there are others. we must start this dialogue now!!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  32. Cessy-Chicago

    what would it take for those responsible for getting the money out there to provide temporary homes, food, clothing? I'm just curious as I have never been to Haiti, what is being done to provide education for the children? are there temporary school built?
    This is becoming a nightmare!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  33. Katherina

    Hello everyone. I really enjoy your reporting Anderson. Keep up the outstanding work!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  34. Karoline, Los Angeles

    It's great to see Sean Penn stepping up to the plate in this effort.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  35. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    @emily~ yes, tragic and yet so much work left to do.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  36. Dan

    a lot of people may afraid that their donations might not Really be going to help the people,,how can they be sure of this?

    March 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  37. Emily

    @Cessy,

    "Where are the money that were donated?"

    That is something that I have been asking since DAY #1!
    I've heard that the NGO's are the ones that have the money....

    March 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  38. A. Smith, Oregon

    Those poor people need to have lessons and training to transfer into a farming community from a tourist driven economy. Many Caribbean Island community's do very well with niche farming community's.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  39. Andrew

    My father was a former diplomat in Haiti and I had a chance to live there for about 2 years. It's a shame what has happened that country.

    Sean, thank you for using your success and helping others. If only others would follow in your footsteps.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  40. William Armstrong NAVY retired

    Sean, What about shipping containers(tractor trailors) for temporary housing. They are 40' or 53' long and could be easily modified tor sanitation. Hooking several together could help in the hurricane season.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  41. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Grateful to Sean Penn for his dedication to assist Haiti.

    Thank YOU Anderson for keeping Haiti in the news.

    Is the gov. of Haiti still asking for "taxes" on incoming aid?

    March 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I can't help but wonder how many Haitian people could be fed on what it cost to throw one of those wasteful Oscar parties.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  43. Jan Telman

    #1. FEMA Flat houses. Formerly a private FEMA contractor, Harbor Homes LLC has an impeccable record producing temporary housing, travel trailers, and more for disaster relief inside the United States.These are collapsable and ready to ship.!!!!

    #2. There are other Hotels outside of the city. Is it possible to use these as a temporary solution. Is it possible to use the FEMA

    March 10, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  44. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Good for Sean Penn. I really appreciate celebrities who use their status to help others. Way Cool!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  45. Lori

    Anderson and Sean,

    Please help me understand why there are not military camps/mash units set up in Haiti...we have tons of troops in training or waiting to go to war...couldn't they serve in Haiti in the mean time...these ARE human beings!! Pls help me to understand! Thank you for all your are doing ...Lori

    March 10, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  46. Ring, Phoenix, AZ

    Good Work Sean. We support you.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  47. willaim

    right now the number 1 priority is not rebuliding. its getting people sheltered for the rainy season. period end of story.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  48. Karin Urban, from Berlin/Germany

    Thanks for keeping us updated on the situation in Haiti

    March 10, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    @Betty
    Yes, I know...... There are so suffering lot struggle to eat or without eat, very poor there. I agree with you, It isn't fair for people.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  50. Vivian - Montreal

    Hurricane season is coming also in Haiti around May-June

    March 10, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
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