Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Special Message on Behalf of Haiti, My Birthplace

Dear Friends,

I like to keep the Blog free of extra-vocal issues, but this is extreme! Those of you who do not know much about Haiti, I welcome you to take this opportunity to learn about this marvelous country. A country of amazing possibilities whose growth has been stunted by all kinds of misfortune. We Haitians like to imagine a better day, but hurricanes, political mayhem, etc have made that better day further out of reach. Today came yet another disaster:

The capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince was hit tonight by a Magnitude 7 Earthquake. The epicenter of the quake is Carrefour, precisely the area where I grew up.

Hatians throughout the Diaspora are doing everything they can to get the word out. I figures my blog was one avenue. There are lots of ways to contribute to Earthquake Relief.

For those in the USA, Rapper Wycleff Jean, who actually attended one of my concerts a few years ago has set up an Earthquake Relief number: Send a text message with the text "Yele" to 501501. It will charge your phone $5.00 which will go to relief through Wycleff's foundation. Wycleff has committed his life to helping Haiti. If the number does not work, continue trying. It is generating a lot of activity.

Feel free to share information by commenting on this post. I will not write another post on this, so the blog maintains its focus.

Thank you in advance for whatever you can do to help Haiti!

Jean-Ronald LaFond

1 comment:

Jean-Ronald LaFond said...

Wycleff Jean's organization, YELE, which has been hugely active in helping Haiti turn a corner has a site dedicated to donations for the Earthquake. Wycleff has real influence in Haiti and can get where others might have difficulty. https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=23093 I am sincerely touched by the waves of good will for Haiti from around the world.