Musician Wyclef Jean is helping victims of the Haiti earthquake with his Yele Haiti foundation and is encouraging others to help out as well.
Wyclef Jean released the following statement on his Web site:
Haiti today faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced.
The magnitude 7.0 earthquake â€“ and several very strong aftershocks â€“ 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 â€˜ready to assistâ€™ 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.â€
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 â€œYeleâ€ 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 click here to DONATE.
Donations can be made online hereÂ or $5 donations can be made by texting â€œYeleâ€ to 501501 on your cell phone.
Yele Haiti, previously the Wyclef Jean Foundation, is a movement led by Wyclef Jean that is helping to bring hope back to Haiti, according to the foundationâ€™s Web site. Projects are designed to make a difference in the fields of education, health, environment and community development.
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