[artist id="1162"]Wyclef Jean[/artist] did not sit around, basking in the positive glow of the massively successful “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon he helped organize. The morning after Friday’s all-star fundraiser for the earthquake-ravaged nation, the former Fugees leader was on a plane back to his native country to continue relief efforts following the 7.0 quake that devastated the island on January 12.
“So da day after the telethon I have been on the ground in Haiti. We provided cooked meals n water trucks from morn til Night! I am bless,” Clef tweeted on Monday.
The rapper/producer also went to neighboring Dominican Republic and asked President Leonel Fernandez for more help moving supplies across the border. Wyclef, accompanied by actor Vin Diesel, also thanked the president for his support so far. Diesel, who has made a short movie and “Fast and Furious” in the Dominican Republic, arrived in Haiti last week and has been helping to get urgently needed supplies into the decimated capital.
“It feels like the whole entire world coming together,” the rapper told reporters.
“The mission will not be easy but we all will take Haiti into the 21 century,” Jean tweeted on Monday, posting pictures of himself on the ground at the airport in Port-au-Prince.
‘Clef also filmed a video for a new song he recorded with Jamaican dancehall star Mavado titled “Hold On,” which is dedicated to the people of Haiti. Featuring a shout-out to late Haitian musician Jimmy O — who perished in the earthquake — and a message of perseverance in the face of tragedy, the clip again encourages fans to text donations to Wyclef’s Yele Haiti foundation by texting “Yele” to 501501.
“Hope for Haiti Now,” which drew more than 83 million viewers on Friday night, has raised more than $61 million so far, setting a new record for donations made by the general public through a disaster-relief telethon.