The Haitian hip hop star, Wyclef Jean has spoken out about his charity saying he’s proud of the way they responded after the earthquake in Haiti almost two years ago. He says the Yele Haiti Foundation rebuilt an orphanage and set up a system of outdoor toilet and shower facilities in one of the largest shanties in the Haitian capital.
His comments on Sunday followed reports published by The New York Post which claimed his foundation collected $16million in 2010 but less than a third of the profit went to emergency efforts to benefit the Haitian people.
The Post also says $1 million was paid to a Florida firm that doesn’t appear to exist, and that a company called P&A Construction – which is run by Warnel Pierre, Jean’s brother-in-law – received $353,983 from the group.
Jean said: “Have we made mistakes before? Yes. Did I ever use Yele money for personal benefits? Absolutely not. Yele’s books are open and transparent.”
A former Haitian presidential candidate, Jean continues to protest against any wrongdoing.