Wyclef Jean Helps Raise $1 Million -- So Far -- For Haiti
January 14, 2010 at 12:50 PM (PT)
So far, WYCLEF JEAN's nonprofit organization, YELE HAITI, has raised over $1 million for the victims of TUESDAY's HAITIAN earthquake from mobile donations alone, reports MTV NEWS. "With a series of urgent tweets, an appearance on CNN and the help of his famous friends the singer has mobilized a massive effort on behalf of his homeland, imploring followers to text 'Yele' to 501501 to donate $5 to the effort."
MIAMI-based GIVE ON THE GO CEO ALBE ANGEL, who is partnering with YELE HAITI, says the organization has raised over $1 million for relief efforts since the earthquake. YELE's goal is to up that figure to $1 million a day as part of the SMS fundraising drive.
"Since the disaster occurred around 5p Eastern on TUESDAY and [by] MIDNIGHT [WEDNESDAY] we cleared $1 million," said ANGEL, whose company provides the technology that allows mobile users to make an automatic $5 donation. GIVE ON THE GO has announced that 100% of the donations raised will go directly to YELE HAITI. More than 200,000 people have donated to the cause, and ANGEL said he thinks it's possible that the $1 million per day goal could be reached, given the volume of donations that have been coming in.
"These types of donations really were spawned by the  tsunami relief effort, and the $1 million that YELE has raised already is a watershed event," added ANGEL.