Wyclef and Akon Lend A Hand In Haiti

December 18, 2007 By:
Wyclef and Akon Lend A Hand In Haiti

Wyclef and Akon contributed to the 1st annual Yele Festival in Haiti over the weekend. The event was the brainchild of the two recording artists and manager Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond.

The artists performed for two days, saying that music can change the world. The trio are still awaiting final numbers as far as the size of the crowd and donations, which will go toward retaining counsel for inmates at Haiti's children's prisons and helping rebuild and provide supplies to schools damaged during the hurricane season.

Wyclef, who is Haitian, says this festival is important so people know it is safe to come to the country, which has gotten bad press for a long time.

Akon said, "To meet the Haitian people in suffering and in celebration has made my mission clearer. I will use my blessings to help all impoverished people, and I know my people in Senegal will embrace Wyclef as his people did me."