Actor Sean Penn's Haiti charity receives $11m from World Bank

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - An aid group run by Hollywood actor Sean Penn is getting US$8.75 million (S$10.9 million) from the World Bank to help move Haitians off a golf course where many have been living since the January 2010 earthquake.

A statement from a public relations firm for Penn said the money will go for rent subsidies or for new housing units.

Some 14,000 people still live at the Petionville Club in plywood shacks. Sixty thousand sheltered there at one point. The people are to be moved out by early 2014.

Penn is an ambassador-at-large for Haiti. He uses the post to raise awareness about the nation still struggling to recover from the disaster.

Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organisation took responsibility for the impromptu settlement a couple of months after the quake, which destroyed thousands of buildings.

The number of people displaced by the quake has dropped from a high of 1.5 million people to more than 347,000 now, according to the International Organisation for Migration, an aid group that seeks to help people displaced by disaster and conflict.

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