No matter where you live, we can agree that the world unites over certain things. One common thing that brings people together is food. 

Michael Capponi, the Founding CEO of Global Empowerment Mission, knows that compassion often flourishes over a shared meal, one in which those in position to help their neighbors in need can talk about the best course of action to address issues. People gather around the table to break bread as they discuss important topics such as world peace and global starvation.

One place Capponi sits himself for these powerful discussions is Naomi’s Garden in his hometown of Miami. One of the area’s best spots for Haitian cuisine with mains that include jerk chicken, curry chicken, ox tail, goat stew, and seafood dishes including fried, steamed and whole snapper, grouper, and conch stew. There also is a nice selection of vegan dishes such as chick pea stew, tofu stroganoff, and okra stew. From sides such as fried bonyato and crispy plantains to soup like pumpkin and beef, there’s a wide selection of authentic Haitian cuisine at reasonable prices.

Capponi’s personal drive to help others since he was young has developed into a powerful vision that led to the creation of a platinum-rated international foundation. The Global Empowerment Mission is dedicated to helping those impacted by natural disaster as quickly as possible. The non-for-profit has supported missions in 28 countries, all 50 US states, and territories including the Caribbean.

The immediate response this organization provides during various phases of global disasters is vitally beneficial. He incorporates love in everything he does whether through a fruitful discussion with co-workers at a meal setting up the next plan for aide, or having coffee meetings as he recruits new donors for Global Empowerment Mission.

While dining at Naomi’s Garden he finds helping hands all while supporting this locally-owned mom and pop Haitian-Caribbean establishment.

The planet can only fully thrive when roots are planted in a local community first. From there, those branches grow strong and provide leaves of shade from what can be a cruel existence for those less fortunate.

Whether it is feeding hundreds, or finding ways to help rebuild homes in regions devastated by natural disasters, this organization’s goal is to create a generosity circle that continues indefinitely. 

“I genuinely believe that this is all part of our destiny,” reflects Capponi on the relief efforts he helps direct in various countries. The level of empathy and understanding is a momentous ability that he has taken on from an early age.

“I’ve always been this way. I’ve always just wanted to help. I remember when I was a teenager I met a homeless person that I became friends with one day,” he continues. “Literally, three weeks later I moved this person in to live with me. It’s either in you or it’s not. I think certain souls are just drawn to try to assist.” 

Separate from his humanitarian efforts, for over three decades he has been considered one of the most successful nightlife pioneers in Miami. Utilizing his talents and natural gift of bringing people together, he has successfully managed to create a worldwide network of philanthropists. 

“I was always good at promoting things. As time passed, instead of promoting to go to a lavish event it became about promoting global causes and creating awareness for change,” says the founder.

“If a hurricane destroys an area or there is too much plastic on the beach that needs cleaning I am going to talk about it. GEM will be there to help. If countries need education systems we build the schools with our donor partners and pay their tuition. It’s where my life took me.”

By harnessing the power of social media, celebrity influencers, strategic public-private partnerships and a strong, knowledgeable base of experienced volunteers, Capponi has created a replicable formula to have an efficient and effective response to global disasters. The compassionate businessman has transformed tens of thousands of lives and there will be thousands of more who will benefit because of the drive he has to promote harmony on the planet.

Since the organization’s inception Global Empowerment Mission has been on the long and winding road to make the world simply a better place. With grassroots community engagement he along with dedicated board members have been involved in supporting some of the most significant global tragedies. For two decades, the team has assisted in over 284 missions around the world since the 1999 Kosovo Crisis, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 to the current 2020 pandemic.

Following the completion of immediate response, and recognizing the continued need for support, Global Empowerment Mission began to bridge the gap between first response and sustainable development. In 2017, Global Empowerment Mission began operating Bethenny Frankel’s #BStrong initiative, which fills this need by supplying unrestricted cash card distributions allowing beneficiaries to meet their individual needs.

This partnership disrupts disaster response while activating and influencing the global community by going above and beyond real-time emergency assistance to individuals and their families. With the objective of minimizing the duration of time communities are stuck in the gap, and aiming to complete the cycle of disaster response, Global Empowerment Mission instituted its sustainable development programming by building and rebuilding homes, schools, and communities while establishing livelihood initiatives.

Global Empowerment Mission has been able to reduce what was an initial three-year sustainability cycle in Haiti to a refined approach that resulted in a year of sustainability in the Bahamas. 

The organization is also currently focusing on home and school rebuilds. Capponi’s background in event promotion led to a sophisticated network of clients that helped mold a successful real estate development career. Over the past decade he had spearheaded the Capponi Construction Group development office. This business model helped change the Florida landscape with award-winning designs and captivating innovation.

With a vast realm of knowledge, Capponi used his acquired abilities to advance GEM’s portfolio. Now partner benefactors such as Discovery Land Company Foundation, 84 Lumber, TD Charitable, and Siadat Family Foundation, are providing beneficial home repairs after disasters across the world. This phase of disaster response coordinated with government and public-private partners helps restore permanent and durable housing while implementing livelihood programs.

The organizations complete full response results in having a long-lasting institutional impact.

“It seems to always flow from divine order,” states Capponi. “The Universe always seems to bring the needed players together to assist.” 

With this positive impetus the world will continue to improve. It will continue to find peace and prosperity with foundations like Global Empowerment Mission leading the way. What could be more gratifying for donors than a movement that changes the world for the better.

For more information on the incredible efforts of Global Empowerment Mission please visit their website.





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