High profile singer Wyclef Jean, a musician, rapper and producer known for his frontman role with the Fugees, is ramping up his efforts to build a support base for the people of Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit the Caribbean nation this week. His Twitter channel is being used as a focus for the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund, encouraging fans and supporters to use their mobile phones to donate $5.
Wyclef Jean has used his official blog to release a public statement about the earthquake in his home country of Haiti…
“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.”