Yele Press Conference and Wyclef Video

by kcurly on January 19, 2010

in Totally Off Topic

I know there is a lot of emotion in the accusations against the Yele organization. Thanks to Shari for emailing me this press conference from Wyclef Jean. It is very touching and (I feel) heartfelt.

Also of interest is some video from that is a personal statement from Wyclef.  You can view that here.

Also, this CNN article gives a good viewpoints of both sides. Of particular interest is the opinion of some tax experts.

In the largest transaction noted by The Smoking Gun, Yele Haiti’s 2006 tax filing said it purchased $250,000 worth of “TV airtime and production services from Telemax, S.A which is a for-profit company located in Haiti and which two board members (Wyclef Jean and co-musician Jerry Duplessis) own a controlling interest in.”

But tax experts say it’s routine for individuals to charge their own charities, so long as services are being provided in return. “The tax rules do not prohibit related party transactions,” said Marcus Owen, former chief of the IRS unit that oversees non-profits.

So anyway, make up your own mind. I won’t be spending anymore time of this particular issue.

I will say that  it is simply amazing, in our economy, that donations have reached over 200 million dollars.



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  • kisha

    i agree with you kcurly, over $200 million donated, thats not bad considering the economy.. so im guessing this money wouldve just been sitting around had this tragedy not happened??? I’d just like to get an update on hurricane katrina and what progress have we made for the victims since then…hmmm!! Can you imagine what $200 mil wouldve did new orleans?

  • Fleurzty

    There are always lots of causes to get involved with, and lots of issues that pull on our attention and our monies. I do not hold the viewpoint that this is a more worthwhile cause to give to than was Hurricane Katrina. The victims of Hurricane Katrina deserve attention and an effort at helping them rebuild their lives and communities. I do however believe that this too is a worthwhile cause and am thankful for the attention and generosity of all who have turned their eyes toward Haiti, and the cries of the people affected by the tragedy.

    The donations for New Orleans from charities came to well over 3 billion dollars. I found this news update from the Chronicles of Philantrophy, which gives a brief overview on funds received between 2007-2009 to help the rebuilding efforts from hurricane Katrina (133 million dollars)

    That said, I don’t think this international cry for help has taken precedence over our own victims locally. I am once again grateful for everyone’s generosity who found in their hearts to donate. The people of Haiti, as do all victims of natural disasters, need a helping hand to see another day. I am both an American and a Haitian, and I am grateful for the outpouring of love and support of Americans toward Haitians at this time of need!

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