Wyclef Jean’s Haiti Foundation Deflated By Abandoned Plans
By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
October 15, 2012
What remains of Wyclef Jean’s Yéle foundation for the post-earthquake recovery of Haiti has been slowly sinking before the eyes of the media but not fast enough to escape questioning by a slew of creditors and the attorney general. As early as January, the once presidential-hopeful was deflecting accusations about the charity’s financial mismanagement of its $16 million in donations, which he characterized as a “crucifixion.” But by last month, Yéle was effectively closed.
The New York Times revealed that of its $3 million expenses filed between 2005 and 2009, over $250k had gone to Mr. Jean and other Yéle board and staff members and transportation of celebrities for benefit events. The figure for similar activities and additional items, such as rent for Mr. Jean’s recording studio, ballooned to $9 million in 2010 alone. Meanwhile, Yéle’s programming funds for temporary homes, a medical center, and revitalization of the plaza in the Cité Soleil slum only got as far as to prepay an amount of seed money without plans implemented to complete the projects.
Tags: earthquake disaster relief, rebuilding Haiti, Wyclef Jean, Yéle