Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Wyclef Jean Reacts to Haiti Earthquake Tragedy
Soon-to-be- Forum panelist and Haitian native Wyclef Jean has gone to Haiti to lend aid in his homeland in the aftermath of yesterday's tragic earthquake.
In a statement from his blog, Wyclef states:
"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."
Wyclef appeared on CNN this morning, sharing his very personal reactions to this tragedy:
Wyclef has already done incredible work in revitalizing Haiti and is asking for support. He founded Yele Haiti, a movement that is helping to bring hope back to Haiti. Yele Haiti projects are designed to make a difference in the fields of education, health, environment and community development.
The hip-hop artist and producer is also utilizing his twitter account to generate support for Haiti, urging people to donate $5 via text message to Yele. This fundraising effort has now become one of the most popular topics on twitter, and has resulted in thousands of retweets. In fact, Yele.org has received so much traffic that the website crashed, and as of 1:30 EST is still down.
The U.S. State Department Operations Center is urging Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti to call 1-888-407-4747.