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Wyclef Jean Launches Program To Help Haiti

Posted By on May 21, 2008

    A month ago food riots and violence broke out in Haiti and six people died, now WyClef Jean is trying to help his homeland again. Reuters is reporting that Wyclef recently launched a new program called "Together for Haiti" with a goal to raise $48 million over the next six months, which he will use to create jobs and help farmers plus feed the impoverished country.

    "We have come together to launch this new initiative because I believe we can do more and better for Haiti when we act together," Wyclef Jean said at a Manhattan news conference. "We are not only interested in feeding people in response to the current crisis, but we want to offer them an alternative that can help them in a sustainable way."

    Backed by the World Food Program, the Pan American Development Foundation and Yele Haiti, Jean's charitable foundation aims to provide jobs for 1,800 people everyday, distribute food to 1.5 million people and provide fertilizers to 55,000 farmers. It also aims to offer 9,000 grants to families so start their own small businesses. "We want to give them the opportunity to set up a small business which they can live on instead of assisting them every time there is a crisis," Jean told Reuters.