Thursday, September 11, 2008

WyClef Jean Announces Storm Relief Fund For Haiti

Wyclef Jean talking to Haitian press about the Together for Haiti intiative and Yele Haiti Projects at his arrival in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Credit: Logan Abassi / Yéle Haiti

NEW YORK (September 9, 2008) – The storms that have battered Haiti in the past few weeks have left more than 500 dead and wreaked havoc in the lives of more than 600,000 people who have been displaced by flooding or cut off from food supplies. Haitian President René Preval has appealed for help from the international community, saying the country faces a "catastrophe".

Wyclef Jean – musician, Haitian Goodwill Ambassador and founder of Yéle Haiti – has launched the “Haiti Storm Relief Fund” to provide food, water, purification tablets, tents, blankets, medical supplies, hygiene kits as well as funds to a number of non-profit organizations working on the ground to respond to the emergency. Yéle Haiti is working closely with the Pan American Development Foundation and the World Food Programme in this effort, and in consultation with the Haitian government’s emergency management authorities.

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Yéle’s Storm Relief Fund has already sponsored food, supplies and water to assist victims in the South-East, including Jakmèl, Cayes-Jakmèl, Marigot and La Vallee. A second wave of support is currently underway in and around Jakmèl in cooperation with the Mayor of this resort community. Containers with emergency supplies are being shipped into the country over the next few weeks as individuals and corporations begin responding to Wyclef Jean’s call for donations. Within days Yéle Haiti’s teams will begin an intensive operation of emergency food distributions with food staples supplied by the World Food Programme.

“My country is facing a serious catastrophe at the moment,” said Mr. Jean, “and we urgently require assistance. 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.”

Donations can be made online at

About Yéle Haiti

Yéle Haiti is a movement founded by Wyclef Jean that is helping to bring hope back to Haiti. Projects are designed to make a difference in the fields of education, health, environment and community development. The power and reach of music, sports and the media is used to increase the impact of these projects.

Source: Yele.Org

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