GEM 2010  Mission

Haiti Earthquake

GEM Mission Specific Press
Miami New Times
Miami Humanitarian Documents Horrific Hurricane Damage in Haiti
Ocean Drive Magazine
GEM founder helps Haiti Rebuild
Wall Street Journal
A birthday benefit for Haiti
Look to the Stars
Donna Karan to attend Haiti charity fundraiser
Black Book
Club kid on goodwill mission
PR Newswire
Miami Magazine presents Haiti Art Expo 2011
Art as a healing after Haiti earthquake
NBC News
Michael Capponi featured on after earthquake in Haiti
Miami Socialholic
Michael Capponi: A man of action

Summary Stats

Mission Trips
Years of Support
Students in College
Operated Tent City
Families Relocated
Permanent Housing

Phase 1:

Disaster Relief

Global Empowerment Mission Founder, Michael Capponi, responded in the first phase, of Haiti’s Earthquake on January 15, 2010, some of GEM’s founding board members led a group of firefighters, doctors and nurses to Haiti. This group was part of the first responders who arrived days after the tragic earthquake. The team provided emergency life saving care to hundreds of Haitians suffering injuries from falling debris and unattended wounds for days. The ability to arrive on the scene quickly is absolutely critical to saving lives. For this to occur, a collection of appropriate medical supplies and teams must be ready to go at a moment’s notice. This is part of the foundation and core of gem’s mission.

Phase 2

The Gap Period​

Global Empowerment Mission Founder, Michael Capponi, responded in the second phase, the gap period, established and managed a 3000 person tent city for 1 year, as well as a transitional housing village for 50 families. 

Phase 3

Sustainable Development

Global Empowerment Mission is currently responding in the third phase, sustainable development, by offering educational programs from elementary school to university level: Ecole Évangélique, Chrétienne de Lauture, Ecole Baptiste de St Cyr, and College Hosanna, Université Quisqueya.

The education, medical, and empowerment program range from:

  • Registration
  • Tuition
  • Uniforms
  • Lunches
  • Transportation
  • Logistics
  • Medical care
  • Field trips
  • After school care
  • Private tutoring
  • English classes


CIDM Haiti

Recent Missions

On November 16th, the GEM Europe team arrived in Iceland to support evacuees, and in anticipation for future volcanic activity. Since late October, Iceland has recorded over 20,000 earthquakes, with as many as 800 in a single day.
In response to the Herat earthquake, and the string of smaller quakes since, the GEM MENA team deployed to Afghanistan to provide humanitarian aid to those affected.
Over 100,000 refugees have fled from the recent conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, travelling for days in cold temperatures with just the bare minimum they were able to take with them. GEM has deployed to Armenia to distribute humanitarian aid to these individuals, during this crisis.
GEM MENA loaded a military ship in Izmir, Turkey with vital supplies for those affected by the recent flooding
United States
The GEM team is currently on the ground, having responded immediately during the storm. We are prepositioning trucks of aid and will be distributing critical, large-scale supplies to Hurricane Idalia’s most affected zones in the Florida area.