Wyclef Pens Letter on Current State of Haiti
Rapper/producer Wyclef Jean wants to make sure the public doesn't forget about Haiti, especially during its upcoming rainy season. In response to a decrease in stories about the country ravished by 7.0 earthquake, Jean, a native of Haiti, penned a letter to CNN detailing the current state of his homeland.
"The headlines are less frequent, but Haiti is still pumping through the bloodstream in our house," Jean wrote. "Now that it's the rainy season, we have another serious problem: About a million Haitians are living in massive tent cities, struggling to keep dry. The season will last through July, and we could end up with some serious flooding."
Through his non-profit organization, Yele Haiti, Jean has worked feverishly to raise money to aid the country. Following the disaster he collected a whopping $1 million in 24 hours, via text message donations, and spearheaded the 'Hope for Haiti Now' telethon raising $57 million when it aired in January; but as he made clear in the letter, there is still more work to be done. "We're going to build temporary wood-frame houses with cement foundations that will last for several years. The units are 12-by-12 feet, with windows, front doors and well-constructed metal roofs, and they'll house up to six people. The houses will stay dry even if it rains day and night, which sometimes happens. Yele will build 100 homes in five sites in the Port-au-Prince area to start and 400 additional houses in the second phase."
The earthquake leveled much of the country's capital city of Port-au-Prince including an arts school built by Jean's organization. It is believed that up to 230,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands have been left homeless. For more information on how to donate visit Yele.org.