Wyclef Jean Talks Life in Haiti, How To Help
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wyclef Jean stands out as the cultural face of Haiti. Now, he’s emerging as the unofficial relief spokesperson of his homeland after the deadly 7.0 earthquake rocked the nation’s capital of Port-au-Prince Tuesday afternoon.
As the death toll continues to rise, the rapper is on the ground helping emergency workers and releasing updates via his Twitter feed.
He also started a new campaign through his non-profit Yele Haiti Foundation, which allows users to donate $5 to the cause instantly with cell phones. By texting "Yele" to 501501, 100-percent of the cash goes to relief and the amount automatically gets added to your monthly phone bill.
Even before the earthquake, Wyclef has been a fierce advocate of the country's social and economical development.
Back in October 2009, Wyclef came into The Greene Space at WNYC to take part in The Promised Land Radio Special hosted by Majora Carter. In the in-depth interview, he discusses memories of growing up in Haiti as a kid, problems plaguing the country and his on-going humanitarian efforts through Yele.
For more on how to help, click here for a full list of relief organizations.