Wyclef Responds to Claims He Mishandled Money From Yele Haiti Charity
New allegations of Wyclef’s Yele Haiti organization mismanaging money have surfaced. With rumors of $16 million raised and only $5.1 million given to aid reliefs, the rapper/ producer/ humanitarian has responded to claims from the NY Post. In a letter to AllHipHop, Wyclef speaks on the work he has done for the country and claims the Post’s story couldn’t be “further from the truth.”
“I started Yele in 2005 because I wanted to help people that were helpless in my home country of Haiti. People who didn’t have a voice, people who didn’t have resources, people who had mostly been forgotten. Since Yele launched six years ago we have helped close to half a million people. I will always love and serve the Haitian people until the day I die. The NY Post piece entitled, “Questions Dog Wyclef’s Haiti Fund” is misleading, deceptive and incomplete. The Post conveniently fails to acknowledge that the decisions that Yele made were a response to one of the world’s most catastrophic natural disasters in modern history and required an immediate humanitarian response. There were no roads, no clean water, no sanitation, no banks, no electricity, no infrastructure. Immediate decisions were made to save lives and alleviate suffering. We made decisions that enabled us to provide emergency assistance in the midst of chaos and we stand by those decisions. We did the best we could with the available resources. I am proud of the way that Yele handled the crisis on the ground in 2010. We were able to feed, clothe, provide medical assistance and shelter for more than 250 thousand people in need.”
Read the rest of Wyclef’s letter here.