Wyclef Jean’s Haiti Charity under speculation for Misappropriated Funds.

Haitian born Wyclef Jean is under speculation for accounting practices for his Yele Haiti foundation. The 37- year old Grammy winning artist has raised $2 million through his foundation by imploring supporters to donate $5 to his foundation through text 501501.

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The problem is, his charity seems to be intertwined with his business practices. Independent audits show $410,000 made directly to Jean and his business partner for rent, production costs and Jean’s appearance at a benefit concert.

Red Cross takes action for Haiti Relief

Red Cross takes action for Haiti Relief

It’s easy to see that Wyclef Jean has had a long commitment to helping the Haitian people; he began Yele Haiti 12 years ago. And it’s true that he is “doing more than most” for the Haitian community but it’s not enough to ignore valid questions about how the money is being spent. Especially since it doesn’t make any sense as to why Jean would even charge to make an appearance. Shouldn’t he be offering his services pro bono since it’s his organization?

Donate at unicef.org

Donate at unicef.org

John Cook from Gawker suggests that even if one were to put the allegations of misconduct aside, the Yele Haiti charity may not be the best place to put your money because it’s a “tiny operation’ with only one employee and is at “risk of being overwhelmed with donations” Donations to larger NGO’s like Red Cross are much better way to help the “ Haitians right now”.

Donate to Partners in Health at pih.org

Donate to Partners in Health at pih.org

Other organizations doing great work with long standing history in Haiti is PiH, MSF, Unicef and Save the Children. I commend Jean for wanting to do good but perhaps he needs to leave disaster relief to trained professionals who understand logistical efforts and have medical and disaster relief   training. Jean’s efforts would be much better utilized helping professional organizations know HOW to help rather than trying to do it all himself.

Donate to Save The Children at savethechildren.org

Donate to Save The Children at savethechildren.org