Wyclef Jean Rallies for Hurricane Relief in Haiti

Singer's foundation starts Haiti Storm Relief Fund to bring cash, food, medical supplies and other necessities to the hurricane-ravaged nation

By Natalie Finn Sep 09, 2008 11:05 PMTags
Wyclef JeanTHONY BELIZAIRE/AFP/Getty Images

Wyclef Jean is trying to keep his homeland above water.

The Haitian singer, who serves as a Goodwill Ambassador to the notoriously poor Caribbean nation, and his Yelé Haiti foundation have launched the Haiti Storm Relief Fund in response to the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Gustav, Ike and a series of storms that have also battered the southeastern U.S, the Bahamas and Cuba.

Jean's group has been doling out food, water, purification tablets, tents, blankets, medical supplies, hygiene kits and cash to various nonprofit relief organizations currently toiling away in Haiti, where hundreds of people have died over the past several weeks.

Teaming with the Pan American Development Foundation and the World Food Program, Yelé Haiti is planning for a massive emergency food delivery to begin within the next few days.

"My country is facing a serious catastrophe at the moment, and we urgently require assistance," Jean said. "But the long-term catastrophe is that we have less than 2 percent tree cover, and without restoring our forests, we will always be susceptible to mudslides and flash floods from storms and hurricanes."