Wyclef Launches Haiti Storm Relief Fund
Singer/rapper/producer Wyclef Jean, along with his Yele Haiti foundation, has launched the Haiti Storm Relief Fund to provide food, water, medical supplies, and other necessities to those affected by the recent storms that have ravaged nation. More than 500 Haitians have died as a result of flooding and more than 600,000 people have been displaced. Jean, a Haitian Goodwill Ambassador, is putting his fame to good use and reaching out to corporations and nearby governments to support storm relief efforts.
"My country is facing a serious catastrophe at the moment and we urgently require assistance," Jean said in a statement. "But the long-term catastrophe is that we have less than two percent tree cover, and without restoring our forests we will always be susceptible to mudslides and flash floods from storms and hurricanes." Jean established Yele Haiti in 2005. Since then the organization has provided scholarships and paid tuition for almost 10,000 students. The foundation launched Together for Haiti, an initiative to help effectively end the food crisis there, in May.