According to an article published by The New York Post, Wyclef's Yele Haiti Charity raised $16 million in funds to help in the recovery of Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2010. But only $5 million went specifically to aid the country that is still reeling from the initial devastation and an outbreak of Cholera. Says The Post:
Yele Haiti paid five contractors to accomplish its goals, including P&A Construction — which received $353,983 and is run by Warnel Pierre, the brother of Jean’s wife, Claudinette. A purported Miami business called Amisphere Farm Labor Inc. received a whopping $1,008,000 as a “food distributor.” No trace of the company could be found last week in the Sunshine State, but records show the company’s head, Amsterly Pierre, bought three properties in Florida last year, including a condo in an upscale waterfront community.
The firm incorporated in August 2008 but never filed any of the subsequent financial paperwork required to do business in Florida, according to the Florida Department of State. The address listed for the business is an auto-repair shop in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood, where a worker said he had never heard of Pierre or Amisphere. Pierre did not return a call for comment.
Yele Haiti also paid $577,185 to a company called Samosa SA, based in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, as a “bulk water supplier.” But some of that money went to rent a house for Yele Haiti volunteers on Samosa’s property at the inflated price of $35,000 a month.
In the organization's defense, Wyclef spoke to the Miami Herald
and said the article was "misleading, deceptive and incomplete."...
"The Post conveniently fails to acknowledge that the decisions that Yele made were a response to one of the world’s most catastrophic natural disasters in modern history and required an immediate humanitarian response,” Jean said in a written statement. "We made decisions that enabled us to provide emergency assistance in the midst of chaos and we stand by those decisions."
Regarding the distribution company that is seemingly out of business, Wyclef says: "The Post never highlights that Amisphere Farm Labor was responsible for preparing and delivering close to 100,000 meals."
Do you believe he cheated his people, or is still in the middle of bad money management?