Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wyclef Helps Hungry in Haiti

Contributed by Michael Lisman:

This week, Wyclef Jean, a Haitian-born rapper launched the “Together for Haiti initiative” through his own US-based NGO Yéle Haiti, in collaboration with the Pan-American Development Foundation.

Jean’s representatives report that the new initiative will aim to “work with a number of non-government organizations and community groups to address the food crisis by repairing damaged soil and helping farmers to produce larger crops.”

Few countries in the western hemisphere have been hit as hard by the global food shortage as has Haiti. In April, the crisis led to the ousting of Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis.

Sources: Yéle Haiti, Inter-American Development Bank, VOA,

Image: CBC ("Wyclef Jean gives a gift to a girl during a Christmas gift distribution to about 600 children sponsored by his foundation, Yele Haiti, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Nov. 29, 2006. (Ariana Cubillos/Associated Press)")

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