This is Wyclef Jeans personal statement on Yele Haiti, the charity he founded for his country refuting criticism that his foundation is feeding his own pockets…
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The following statement was by Wyclef –
“Haiti today faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced.
The magnitude 7.0 earthquake – and several very strong aftershocks – struck only 10 miles from Port-au-Prince.
I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now.
President Obama has already said that the U.S. stands ‘ready to assist’ the Haitian people. The U.S. Military is the only group trained and prepared to offer that assistance immediately. They must do so as soon as possible. The international community must also rise to the occasion and help the Haitian people in every way possible.”
Many people have already reached out to see what they can do right now. We are asking those interested to please do one of two things: Either you can use your cell phone to text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (it will be charged to your cell phone bill), or you can visit Yele.org and click on DONATE.
Haiti needs your prayers and support.
Wyclef Jean is going back to school to earn a degree from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. The former frontman for The Fugees said Friday that the school has a program flexible enough for his needs and plans to attend his first class Monday. Jean’s first class is on Monday. His curriculum this fall includes ear training, theory, improvisation and guitar.
The Haitian-born hip-hop artist says that he left college after only one semester to pursue his career and that going back to school has always been a goal.
WTG, Wyclef! Now THAT’s an inspiration for the young folks!