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Four years after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, it may appear as if the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere fell off the planet, as other natural disasters and world events have overshadowed that tragedy. But although media attention has greatly diminished, a number of Hollywood-backed organizations are still hands-on in Haiti, making progress and improving the lives

of thousands.

Nonprofits like J/P Haitian Relief Organization, Artists for Peace and Justice and the Worldwide Orphans Foundation are proving that by aggressive fundraising, hiring the right experts, employing the local community and educating Haitians from the littlest kids to adults in everything from literacy to filmmaking and construction, they can make improvements in the nation where other aid organizations have failed.

“We were completely unreasonable,” says Paul Haggis, founder of Apj, about the org’s first foray into the country. “We didn’t believe all the wise people who gave »

- Carita Rizzo

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