Yesterday, we awoke to the tragic news of Haiti’s worst earthquake in more than 200 years. As images of the country’s destroyed capital and wounded citizens flashed across our TV screens, we were filled with a sense of overwhelming sadness for the Haitian people who have already endured too much suffering.
Like many of us at Phoenix House, I became aware of Haiti’s plight through our friend and supporter Wyclef Jean. As we got to know Wyclef, we also learned of his passion for his native country and his charity, Yéle Haiti. Since its inception in 2005, Yéle Haiti has helped bring humanitarian relief in the areas of education, healthcare, environment, and community development. We were so pleased when Wyclef won the 2009 Ripple of Hope Award from the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.
Wyclef has been there for Phoenix House and today, we have the opportunity to be there for him and most importantly, for the people of Haiti. As a foundation that has that always shown compassion toward those in need, we feel a responsibility to rally around this important cause and we hope other organizations will join us.
While Wyclef has become the lifeline between Haiti and the philanthropic community, I’m sure he never imagined that the need for relief would intensify due to such a devastating event. Now, he’s asking people from around the world to come together to help his country at this time of urgent crisis.
To contribute directly to the Earthquake Fund, please visit the Yéle Haiti website. I urge you not to wait. Haiti needs our support today.Howard Meitiner President and CEO, Phoenix House Back to Index