While he supports the multi-billion dollar efforts of foreign governments and aid agencies to reconstruct Haiti, “it became apparent to me that you can’t keep giving people stuff for free,” Capponi says. “We need to make a gradual shift from charity to empowerment. We need to empower the people of Haiti and encourage them to use their talents.”
Capponi has helped organize hundreds of volunteers each year to feed the homeless at Thanksgiving, Christmas and on Good Friday.
It’s wonderful that Capponi cares enough about the community to restore one of its historic buildings. I love Caribbean style structures, and Haiti’s rich culture is well deserving of the boost Capponi is giving. It’s even better that he’s wanting to give access to the people! Repairing an old heritage site like this and restricting it to a few select people would be a real shame. I hope that he can continue on with his plans to rebuild structures across the entire nation. Haiti is a beautiful nation with a wonderful culture and very friendly people. It’s no wonder that the place left a mark on him. Mr. Michael Capponi sounds like a true humanitarian, and the world needs more people like him. I wish he’d come to my neighborhood and rebuild some of the old historic buildings that are falling apart here. It is a real shame to see them go to waste.