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. It wasn’t a new role for Capponi, who had long been involved in humanitarian causes.
The experience marked him for life. Despite the shocking injuries and gaping, maggot-invested wounds he helped clean, he fell in love with Haiti, and its people.
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When Michael Capponi, entrepreneur and nightclub promoter, joined a humanitarian relief team soon after the devastating earthquake, which decimated southern Haiti in January, 2010, he found a new passion: to revitalize a whole country.
His efforts began with building a camp which housed up to 3,000 homeless people. He organized fundraisers and found himself connecting with the people as they awaited international relief. With a deep sense of responsibility, Capponi intrinsically knew there was more he could do.
Launching a tourism redevelopment project prompted investors to follow suit. Capponi knows that change comes with empowering people. If given the right tools, the people of Haiti will build themselves up. And that’s a page out of Michael’s history.
A troubled youth, Capponi always had a strong work ethic. He had money and influence but lost it all to drug addiction. Not one to stay down, his humbling experiences gave him the impetus to reclaim his life. Those lessons have prompted him to pay it forward and build a better world.