On Jan. 17, 2010, five days after a devastating earthquake hit southern Haiti, killing an estimated 250,000 people, he found himself on a private jet with a relief team he assembled of doctors and a dozen Miami Beach firemen.
Frustrated by the slow pace of the international recovery effort and his desire to resettle the tent city dwellers, Capponi has launched a tourism redevelopment project in Jacmel.
I’ve seen tent cities back when there were a few here in the states during the 08 crisis. It was a really depressing sight. I can’t blame Capponi for trying to help these people out, it can really make you reconsider your place in life when you see so many people who are down on their luck. Haiti must have been so much worse than what I saw, I can’t even imagine. It’s a good thing there are people like Michael who have the resources to help, and a kind enough heart to make him actually want to help. We’d be in a much more depressing world if it weren’t so. The most I could do was give them a little food and water, but Capponi (Michael Capponi Construction Group) wants to rebuild entire blocks! That’s real dedication to the cause. More power to him, and I hope the government doesn’t get in the way of his work.