UPDATE: The Smoking Gun has raised some questions about Yele Haiti, and whether all funds will be properly allocated to relief efforts. They've reported that the Wyclef Jean Foundation only first filed tax returns in August 2009, after having been incorporated more than 12 years ago. They also report that several large payouts from the foundation have gone to pay the performer for rent and production services.
Haitian Musician Wyclef Jean is urging others to send aid for the devastation caused by Tuesday's 7.0 earthquake in Haiti. To help the effort, Wyclef has established a special earthquake relief fund through his nonprofit, Yele.
In a statement on his blog on Wednesday, Wyclef wrote:
"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."
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To help in the humanitarian aid effort through Wyclef's organization, 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.