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New Report Reveals Less than Third of Wyclef Relief Funds Went to Haiti

by Minority Fortune

Depending on which facts you look at, the past two years could be considered rough for musician Wyclef. During the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Wyclef stepped up to the plate for his native homeland and requested $5 contributions. Those contributions added up to an impressive multi-million dollar sum. Things were looking bright for Wyclef’s charitable organization Yele and Haiti both…that is, until the media began combing through financial books, finding horrendous inconsistencies that contrasted the pledged allegiance to come to Haiti’s rescue at whatever cost [See our earlier Wyclef article]. New reports have come forth to reveal that less than one-third of the charitable proceeds actually went to Haitian causes. What a shame!

A snippet of the Yahoo News article follows below:

According to the exclusive report, Jean’s charity, Yele Haiti, doled out millions in questionable contracts — in fact, $1 million was paid to a Florida firm that doesn’t seem to exist.

The Post also reported that a company called P&A Construction — which is run by Warnel Pierre, Jean’s brother-in-law — received $353,983 from the group.


On the other side of it all, if you look in depth at Yele’s spending, Wyclef has reaped lucrative financial rewards over these past two years: a little money to a mistress; a few big stacks to contracted companies that were discovered to be actually Wycleff’s own businesses. It’s a true testament that greed can bring out the ugliest behaviors in man.

Why We’re Disgusted with Wyclef Jean

This action showcases some of the ugliest characteristics in a Grade F model: greed, deception, moral ineptitude, and entitlement. Yele is not the first and will not be the last charitable organization to poorly delegate or outright pocket donations intended for pressing causes. We’ve expressed it before, but we’re utterly disappointed in Wyclef. After the devastating earthquake, he won over the trust of millions of donors with his passionate “dispair”, so-called vested interest, and boastful Haitian identity. At some point, he thought his own actions merited a much bigger cut of the proceeds than the affected Haitians going hungry, thirsty, and roofless.

We couldn’t be happier that Wyclef Jean was caught red-handed. This behavior needs to be exposed if we’re ever going to weed out the bad guys in the charitable space. The sad reality is that a decent amount of people start charities and foundations for personal financial gains. Many wealthy elite have excelled at burying wealth into these non-profit entities. Other hardly wealthy attempt to create the same organizations with the intention to silently attain more wealth. Both, when done with the intention to not address the causes promoted, are criminal. We hope this has deterred the future Yele organizations of the world and given Wyclef the reality check that his Haitian identity doesn’t leave him absent of personal accountability.

We’re prone to give Wyclef the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t intentionally plan to siphon the majority of the funds into his pocket when he initially asked for the donations. However, as the millions came pouring in, the greedy thoughts began materializing. “I could save on paying contractors if I’d just give the money back to my companies and my employees.” Or “I’m doing so much good for my country. There’s nothing wrong with rewarding myself for my work.” Who knows how it went down, but the results do not paint a pretty picture for however it really went down. While Wyclef may have made off with 66% of Yele’s donations, he has additionally grossed 100% of digust from people around the world. Congrats, Wyclef!

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