Haiti native Jimmy Jean-Louis, who is perhaps best known for playing “The Haitian” on NBC’s Heroes, is struggling to locate his family and friends following the powerful earthquake that struck his nation.
“I have not slept yet. The second house that I grew up in was down, and some relatives have died, from what I have been told,” Jean-Louis said Wednesday. “I haven’t been able to reach my parents. I have heard that they are OK, but I do not know what is going on around them.”
Haiti, a Creole and French-speaking Caribbean country, “was already a disaster,” according to the Heroes actor so the recent catastrophe “makes everything very complicated. We have no roads, just a few, and apparently those roads are blocked. Meaning, it’s going to be almost impossible to get through to the people that actually need the help.”
Now, Jean-Louis is making a desperate real-life plea for help for his home country. The Heroes actor is also using Hollywood Unites for Haiti (HUFH), an non organization he founded that recognizes the unique opportunity that Hollywood has in raising awareness about Haiti and whose mission is to promote sports and cultural activities for the underprivileged youth of Haiti, as a medium to collect donations for the victims of the earthquake.
“Haiti is a poor country – and we cannot cope with such a situation. Haiti needs help. We need the basics, water, cans, clothing. So however you can help would be really good for the country,” he said.
Source: CNN, USA Today
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