Through Haitian-born musician and humanitarian Wyclef Jean’s foundation, Yele Haiti. Jean established the foundation four years ago. It’s legitimate, it’s on the ground, and 100% of your donation will go toward immediately helping the people of Haiti.
You can immediately give $5 by texting YELE to 501501 or you can give more by clicking here.
In spite of their country’s poverty, the Haitian government and businesses gave $36,000 to Katrina relief. Dozens of Haitian-Americans from South Florida came to Louisiana and Mississippi to help clean up and rebuild.
For New Orleanians, though, this is more than about shared tragedies. We also share a long history with Haitians. Immigrants from that nation dating back to the 1700s, including white people and free people of color, brought a distinct culture and architectural tradition, including the Creole cottage. They also established Treme, one of the first predominantly African-American neighborhoods in the country, according to the Preservation Resource Center. As the PRC noted Wednesday, “one can hardly imagine New Orleans without the brass bands and second line traditions” that continue to be associated with this neighborhood.
Now Haiti’s hurt is also our own. But this is a hurt we can help heal.
Think about this for a second: Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere; the vast majority of people live on less than $2 a day. Yet when the people of New Orleans and Louisiana were in need, they stood with us, and they helped.