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Wyclef’s Hopes for Haiti

(CBS) This story was first published on Jan. 11, 2009. It was updated on July 31, 2009.
To live the life of Wyclef Jean is to believe that almost anything is possible. Wyclef is a Grammy Award winning multimillionaire rock star who comes from Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. He’s one of thousands of Haitians who immigrate to the U.S. And many never return. But not Wyclef.

As 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley first reported in January, he goes back to Haiti often, using his personal wealth to help his impoverished country. Wyclef’s passion and determination have made him a hero to millions of Haitians. Pelley got to see firsthand how they feel about Wyclef Jean when they visited Cite Soleil, one of the most infamous slums on Earth.

Cite Soleil is a sprawling slum by the bay of Port-au-Prince. Half a million people live there, many of them next to a garbage dump. The name means “Sun City,” but despite its name, this is a breeding ground for disease and despair, gangs and violence.

“They know you’re here,” Pelley remarked, hearing the cheers. “Man, they are coming by the hundreds, by the thousands.”

They’re coming for Wyclef. When he’s around, it’s as if he’s the only ray of hope in “Sun City.”

“Yeah, they’re not gonna give up. Yet. So we gonna get out and do a little walking,” Wyclef told Pelley, as the crowd around them grew and grew.

They found themselves in the middle of a spontaneous homecoming for a Haitian icon who left the island nation nearly 30 years ago.

Wyclef Jean is one of the world’s most recognizable stars, performing before sold-out audiences, selling more than 50 million records in a 20-year career. His music is an eclectic mix, rooted in his Haitian DNA. Known primarily as a hip hop artist, he has a gift for guitar that reminds many of Jimi Hendrix.

“I came from Haiti. English is not my first language. I came to the land of the free, the land of the opportunities. I made somethin’ of myself,” Wyclef told Pelley.

Asked what he thinks would have happened had he never left Haiti, he said, “I think about that all the time. I always think ‘Why you, Clef? There’s close to ten million people in that place. Why you?'”

He comes from a country both beautiful and destitute. The average Haitian lives on less than $300 a year. Half the people scratch out a meager living on the land. The others are packed into cities like the capital, Port-au-Prince. When 60 Minutes came with Wyclef, he was greeted like a head of state. To most Haitians, he’s the living incarnation of their dream, someone who got out, struck it rich, but didn’t forget where he came from.

“These kids, they could identify with me, ’cause they say, ‘He looks like us, and he talks our language,'” he told Pelley.

In 2005, Wyclef created a charity that seems designed to attack all of Haiti’s problems at once. It’s called “Yele Haiti”. He spent nearly a quarter of a million dollars of his own money to start it. And now, with donations and sponsors, it has an annual budget of $3 million.

Wyclef on Haiti and how music saved his life

By Tony Anderson

THEGRIOT.COM – Wyclef Jean, best known as a Grammy Winning artist who has sold over 50 million records and toured the world both with The Fugees and as a solo artist, has a lesser-known side. He is a humanitarian – giving back to his native country, Haiti, where he is said to be so popular that if he were to run for president, he could win.

But Wyclef has no intention of running for office. Rather he involves himself in the improvement of his native country through a charity called Yéle Haiti. The help is much needed in a country whose majority of residents live on less than two dollars a day and unemployment is close to 80 percent. Haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere.

“[A] lot of times people say that they want to help poverty, but you cripple poverty by constantly providing aid without it being sustainable,” Wyclef said.

One of Yéle Haiti’s goals is to improve education – a daunting task considering the government cannot afford to sponsor public schools, so 95 percent of parents have to pay tuition for their children. Many families cannot afford it, so up to an estimated one million children do not receive a formal education. Yéle Haiti gives school supplies, trains teachers, provides scholarships for 4,500 children, and even donates water reservoirs to schools to ensure clean drinking water for the students.

“When we started it, we said it’s not going to be a charity, it’s going to be a movement,” Wyclef said. “I was sort of tired of seeing these naked kids running around saying ‘please give us money.'”

Wyclef feels that lack of opportunity in Haiti could cost Americans money.

“If you don’t care, people will constantly take boats and come over to Miami, land in Florida and all of a sudden your like, ‘Aww man we got to ship these people back,'” Wyclef said.

But Wyclef’s humanitarianism doesn’t stop with Yéle Haiti. He also is using new technology to encourage young people to get involved in their community through what he calls “the clefzone” on Wyclef.com, a music site that combines social networking with giving back to the community.

“Any big endorsement deal I do it there got to be a charity component. If you sell me 50 CD’s the first week, I ain’t really satisfied with that. But if you sell 50 CD’s in your neighborhood, you took five homeless people to go eat, and on top of that you just collected a box with all clothes in it, this is what Obama is talking about, social responsibility,” the musician said.

Even with all of Wyclef’s charity work, music is still his first love. He told theGrio.com that it’s his form of expression during the difficult times. Music is also a tool he uses to inspire others.

In a rhyme exclusively for theGrio.com, he said, “By the time I’m sixty, I want to see a trillion, give it all back to the African children.”

Wyclef and Twitter Make Beautiful Music

July 28th, 2009


By Sherri L. Smith, BlackWeb20.com

BET.COM – As Twitter continues to grow and assert its social media dominance, we’ve watched as the 140-charcater messaging tool build networking bridges that might not have formed otherwise through online interaction or offline events called Tweetups. With its quick and easy interface we’ve seen some of our favorite celebs get in on the act, even the “Big O,” herself.

While some celebrities use Twitter as a quick and easy way to keep fans up on the latest, others use it as an avenue to connect with fans on a more personal level for better or worse. One Twitter TMI moment came when Diddy (@iamdiddy) disclosed he was taking a break from a 36-hour tantric sex romp. Another infamous moment came via Baby Spec (@IAMSPECTACULAR) from Pretty Ricky as he issued a grindoff challenge to other male artists. And while those were some cringeworthy moments. Artists like Wyclef Jean choose to use his Twitter powers for good.

Clef recently wrapped up his “More Bottles Remix” contest.  The world renowned producer and artist reached to his fans via his web site and Twitter account (@wyclef) to find out who could take his new song, “More Bottles,” and make the best remix. Participants created a 30 second Bubble Tweet with thier reimagined version of the track. Bubble Tweet for those of you that might still be a Twitter n00b, is a third-party application that lets users add video to their twitter stream. Once the tracks were submitted, it was all up to the fans to listen to the tracks and choose the winners. Out of the many entries that were submitted, only eight people had the skills to impress the fans and Wyclef. Those lucky few recently travelled to meet the Grammy-award winning artist at his studio, Platinum Sound,  to lay down a track that will be available on a mixtape featuring DJ Drama scheuled for an September release as well as a self-titled LP  set for a January 2010 release. And to add a cherry to the proverbial top, those that made it to the winner’s circle will also have their music made available to the world on iTunes in August.

Wyclef currently has 617,601 followers on his twitter account which only took three short months to accumlate. The automatic response should and will be, “So? He’s famous, of course people will follow him in droves.” It’s important to note how Jean interacts with his followers. A common complaint amongst the regular folk that make Twitter tick is that celebrity tweeters only follow fellow celebrities and rarely speak to the legions of fans that follow them. Jean not only bucks the trend, but he actually encouraged his followers to contribute to his music. As the eight winners were in the studio laying down their tracks, the whole session was being streamed live via Wyclef’s website. Every so often he would stop the session to check out fan feedback and tweek the winner’s performance based on that feedback.

While it’s obvious that all this activity is building hype for the upcoming projects, and it’s a smart move, especially in this climate where even the most established artists have to get creative about bring in the sales. By engaging his fans in this manner, Jean has the potential to create something totally new that fans can totally get behind because technically, it’ll be a project made for the people, by the people.

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Wyclef Jean Reaches Over 600,000 Fans on Twitter

THE NETWORK JOURNAL -When Twitter founder Evan Williams and investor Chris Sacca set up a Twitter account for multi-platinum recording artist Wyclef Jean on stage during an April performance in San Francisco, Jean’s followers on Twitter proceeded to grow rapidly to well over 600,000 in just 12 weeks.

There is no denying the amazing power of what Fast Company calls the “viral expansion loop” where one user on a social network like Twitter or Ning multiplies very quickly like the Tribbles on the old Star Trek episode.  Because each Tribble was born pregnant the little furry creatures multiplied so quickly that they took over The Enterprise in a short span of time.  It’s like that with social networks because everybody and I mean everybody knows someone else who knows someone else and so on.

Jean — who came to prominence in the 1990s as part of a hip hop trio, The Fugees — is one of a growing number of celebrities who have embraced the idea of building an online network.  In May to celebrate reaching100,000 followers, Jean treated his Twitter fans to a virtual jam session from his Platinum Sound Recording Studio.  The session was broadcast on his wordpress blog via youtube. It’s not just about getting people to “follow” him, Jean says he really wants to connect.   “I love telling y’all stories” he said during the brief performance. “What can I say, I’m a Twithead.”

Take a look at Jean’s Twitter page and you know he means what he says.  The “@” symbol in front of his posts shows that he’s not indulging in a one way advertising blitz, he’s actually engaging his Twitter network.

Regarding his success on Twitter, Jean explained in an email to TNJ.com that
“It happened so quickly because I actually engaged in the interest of other people.  One girl got raped in Spain, I helped get them to the hospital. One person had cancer, I went to visit them. I think it is a success story because I really care about what people are asking me. If I send you a song, you get it immediately.  I like it because you can see who is on line. You begin to know who they are.  I met one of my ‘wyclef warriors’ in a studio in LA. I had no idea he worked at that studio, and he didn’t know I was coming. Last week, I was in line at JFK at the Swiss Air check in counter, and one of my Twitter Warriors was in front of me.”

As a result of this personalized attention Jean has gained worldwide praise and recognition for his new and innovative ways of communicating with his music fans, and for his candidness and willingness to share thoughts on spirituality and politics.

While Jean is a musician there is a lesson here for the small African American owned business.  While your niche following might not quickly reach the heights of the rock stars and athletes, you can reach thousands as in the example of Beverly Davis — who drives traffic to her cosmetics website by tweeting 140 character success stories to over 6,000 followers. And as blogger Melinda Lewis told us, if you’re a small business you have to have a “face” and let people know the story of you and your business.  With Twitter there is no bar to entry.  Anyone can set up an account and distribute a message to thousands free of charge.

In his song, “Fast Car,” Jean sings: “You don’t have to be a billionaire/to get a ticket up to the moon.”   And you don’t have to have a dime to build a following on Twitter.  For more information visit www.wyclef.com or https://twitter.com/wyclef.

Score With Wyclef

BOSTON HERALD – Three-time Grammy-winner Wyclef Jean rocked the stage at the Berklee Performance Center with a performance and Q&A with students.

Jean took to the stage with a student and faculty band to play ‘Gone to November’ and ‘911’ – with less than an hour to rehearse!

The singer, who has a solo album coming out in January, told the kids he had hoped to enroll in Berklee before the Fugees hit it big. But the Haitian-American musician refuses to give up on the dream! Word is, Wyclef discussed with the administration types about taking online courses and putting in some classroom time to earn a degree.

Former Fugee plays Berklee

BOSTON.COM – Wyclef Jean was the special guest yesterday afternoon at Berklee College of Music’s Summer Performance Program. The former Fugee answered students’ questions, performed with Berklee percussion teacher Terri Lyne Carrington, played the guitar behind his back and with his teeth, and did a dance-off with a few students onstage. Jean also did an impression of Michael Jackson, with whom he worked, and said the King of Pop was the “soundtrack of our lives.’’ Jean said he’d like to attend Berklee as a student; he feels he missed out on the college experience.

22 Comments

  1. Mr. Wyclef,
    I hope this reaches you. I am a 53 year old man who just saw you on 60 minutes. I knew I had to contact you in regards to Haiti. I visited Haiti back in the early 2000’s and my heart is still there today. I have just started a Christian Academy that uses Accelerated Christian Education and i feel I can use this to help the children in Haiti, but don’t know how to go about getting it over to them. I am at your service sir to assist in any way I can to better Haiti. Please, if there is anything I can do to assist you, please let me know. God speed my friend, Pastor William Jenkins from Williamston, South Carolina.

  2. Dear Pastor Jenkins… visit yele.org

  3. I think finding funding for entrepreneurial projects is more important than teaching about Christ. The priority should be putting food on the table and improving quality of life, right?

  4. Hi clef je suis trés heureux de pouvoir t’ecrire se message je m’appelle mike j’habite a Paris je suis haitien et j’adore comment tu represente pour notre Pays, je suis actuellement a NYC et j’aimerais te rencontrer parce que pour moi tu es comme un grand frere j’aimerais partager un moment discuter avec toi alors si tu a se message repond moi my brother forever.
    I like when you scream Haitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii for world cup final 2006 to Germany
    Thank you

  5. Hi Wyclef this is the only way we could think to contact you and we hope this gets to you. We are a hip hop/rap/reggea group from Detroit called the Blood Brother Rebels. One of the main reasons we wanted to contact you was because our “Rebel” mentality and image is something we feel you would be able to relate to. We know that you are very busy but if you can ever find some time check us out on myspace.com/bloodbrotherrebels. Our email is bloodboys88@yahoo.com. We dont know if you are still looking for new talent through your clef records but if you are interested, we are artists that transcend a new school feel but still carry a message and we deliver it through singing and rapping. Hopefully this gets to you, if it does check us out if you can.. thanx

  6. I have been such so inspired to know where, “The Fugees,” came from from there first appearance in the United States. I know WELL where each of the refugees came from. I know well for I was on the first tour that included Lauren Hill in the band. I truly appreciate hearing the news the he is there in Haiti, but more that solace has been provided by such . The local news says nothing about Wyclef’s efforts and I think it WRONG of US NETWORK not to broadcast the best that any one man can do with the support of so many interests behind him; No international press other than UPI has touched on it. WHY IS THERE NOT A SPECIAL REPORT FROM NBC, CBS, ABC, or FOX, depicting what Wycleff is doing there? SHouldn’t THAT be of NATIONAL; INTERNATIONAL, expression of what we each are doing? Grand that the Red Cross and US Military are doing what they do, However I have not heard nor read nor seen on any network,

    THE JOB WYCLEFF IS DOING!!!!

    (Misspelled the name as it may be, the intent is such that the WORLD should know, and not a news information based network of radio, nor of television, has mentioned a single word.)

    This should be corrected,
    but more,
    this should be adorned with each mention of his work for his homeland
    from this day on,
    that the NETWORK NEWS never mentioned any bit of his help,
    nor that of his expansive interests,
    that have been as active as the military from the United States,
    since the very first report.

    I only learned of what he has done from logging in to this website.

    NO MENTION HAS BEEN MADE OTHER THAN HERE,
    (and a brief mention on NPR,)
    about anything Wycleff has done!

    BRING IT FORWARD!

    fedj

  7. Hi, my name is Alicia. I know Wyclef know alot about Haiti so I wanted to ask are there any kids in need of a family? My mom and I was talking about the quake that swept Haiti and really touched us. We would like to know how can we adopt a child in need and will we be able to bring them to us? Wyclef if your reading this or anybody who know any information can you please contact me at shortya1987@yahoo.com. Thankyou.

  8. A letter to the Haitian President,
    A cure for Haiti
    By
    Emma Tese’ Jean
    1/18/10

    I am appalled and disappointed at what’s going on right now in Haiti . The Haitian people should be ashamed of themselves. The animalistic barbaric actions of my people as they are in the mist of this tragedy, makes me feel a shamed to be haitian. But they are not to blame. The blame is on the haitian government or the lack there of . The people are the first priority. The resources are being dispersed in a un-organized insensitive manner. It reminds me of a hundred pigeons feeding off one slice of bread. Haiti is a Paradise! I remember my grandmother taking me to the waterfalls of Bassin Blue, the congested Iron Market in port au prince and the beaches of Belle-Anse

    On Tuesday ,January 12,2010 my country was hit by a devastating earthquake. At that exact moment all I can think of was my grandmother. She lives, in Haiti. The feeling that i felt at that moment was un-describable. All the death that I saw on the tv was not helping. I finally spoke to her today, seven days later and my grandmother is Ok . I was overwhelmed by the swift relief efforts for my country. From the bottom of my heart ,I thank the world.

    There’s more then half a billion dollars in the earthquake relief fund. How will it be spent? You can’t just drop food from the sky expecting an explosion of civility; food, shelter, cloths and jobs are needed. What Haiti needs right now is hope to resurrect the nation. Only Haitians can rebuild Haiti!
    Haitien, we must organize the dissemination of the relief supplies and consolidate our population to hazard free areas. Every able bodied citizen must be hired in some capacity in these relief efforts. We must have well equipped scouters for locating survivors, we must have recovery teams with low cost air transportation to evacuate the injured and weak ,also clean up crews to remove the decease and the rubble.

    The global condition demands an innovative environmentally conscience industry. We will rebuild to this standard, making haiti , pioneers of this era. We will cease this opportunity by implementing new farming and water treatment techniques ,a low cost communication infrastructure ,and factories to build solar panel and State of the art fabricated homes and usher in this eco-conscience age.

    ~ Seul haitien ca rebaty haiti

  9. Dear Wyclef,

    Hi, I am writing because of my son Josh. First I want to say that I am so sorry for all the pain that you and your country are going through.

    My son met you about 1 or 2 months ago in Greenacres, FL in a workout room with his friend. He said that you looked familiar to him so he took video of you to show me later that day. When he came home very excited to show me the cool guy he met at the gym and he was even more thrilled to find out it was really you! I thought it was funny the way you were giving the boys clues on who you were and how playful you were with the kids, despite the workout you had to get in.

    When the earthquake hit in Haiti, all I wanted to do was help. When I was watching the news reports my heart broke for you and everyone in Haiti.

    We gave what we could, but something was nagging at me that I had more to give. Then I remembered: Due to the economic times, we had to liquidate our family owned jewelry business.

    We have a few beautiful Turquoise Necklaces that you are welcome to that retailed at $100 that you can aution off at the SOS Concert. Every dollar counts!

    We have tickets to the Miami show this Friday, Feb. 5, 2010. Our seats are on the side of the stage. Please e mail me if you want me to bring the necklaces there to the Miami show or let me know where to send the necklaces for the Haiti Relief Fund.

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Kay

  10. Sorry my email address is: roommomspirit55@aol.com

  11. HEY MR. WYCLEF…. HOPE THIS MESSAGE REACHES YOU. HOPE EVERYTHING’S WELL. BEEN TRYING TO REACH YOU FOR A LONG TIME. ME AND MY PARTNER, BOTH OF “HARLEM CREATIONS” (WHERE WE ARE A TEEN PAGEANT/PLAYWRITE’S COMPANY), HAVE DONE LOTS OF PLAYS IN THE PAST BUT, WE HAVE PUT OUT A PLAY CALLED “I LOST MY HEART IN HAITI”. THIS PLAY OPENED AT THE “NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE” IN HARLEM ON MAY 30 AND JUNE 6TH OF THIS YEAR 2010. IT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. WE ARE GIVING 10 PERCENT OF OUR PROCEEDS TO “HAITI’S RELIEF FUND – ONE IN PARTICULAR “YELE”. WE, “HARLEM CREATIONS” WOULD LIKE YOU TO ATTEND ONE OF OUR SHOWS. “I LOST MY HEART IN HAITI” WILL BE ON AGAIN AT “THE PRODUCERS CLUB” ON AUGUST 9TH THRU THE 15TH. WE WILL DO WHATEVER WE HAVE TO DO FOR YOU, TO ACCOMODATE YOU AND WHOMEVER YOU WANT TO BRING WITH YOU TO SEE THIS PLAY. IT’S A MUST SEE PLAY. EVERYONE THAT CAME TO SEE THIS PLAY ON THE DATES LISTED ABOVE AT “THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE” LOVED IT. FOR BOTH DAYS, WE HAD OVER 300 PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED AND WE HAD NOTHING BUT RAVE RESPONSES. MY PARTNER “MICHELLE” WROTE THE PLAY AND I DIRECTED IT. ALL ORIGINAL MUSIC IN THE PLAY WAS WRITTEN BY ME. SO…. I AM HOPING THIS MESSAGE REACHES YOU – MR. WYCLEF AND I HOPE IT REACHES ANYONE ELSE WHO IS INTERESTED IN SEEING THIS PLAY. “I LOST MY HEART IN HAITI” IS A GREAT PLAY AND WE PLAN ON EXTENDING IT AGAIN AFTER AUGUST. I AM NOT SAYING THIS BECAUSE I – DIRECTED THE PLAY, BUT IT’S A MUST SEE PLAY. SO MANY EMOTIONS. COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF. YOU CAN CONTACT ME AT “HARLEM CREATIONS.COM” OR YOU CAN CALL ME AT 646-284-3785 ANNGEANNETTE. YOU WILL LOVE THIS PLAY……. I PROMISE………….

  12. JUST WANTED TO MENTION ONE MORE THING. WE ALSO HAVE A GREAT STAGE MANAGER – MIKE, A GREAT CAST, MUSICIAN AND BACKGROUND MUSIC DJ . HOPE TO SEE YOU (MR. WYCLEF JEAN) AND ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN SEEING THIS PLAY. MY EMAIL IS: NYCSOUNDS1979@YAHOO.COM. THANKS…… ANNGEANNETTE @ 646-284-3785

  13. Hi Wyclef!
    I know how we can accomplish financial relief for Haiti immediately! Not only do I know how we can accomplish financial relief for Haiti, I also know how we can uplift the entire African nation. I have put in motion a wealth movement for our people that will be taken around the world. Black leaders have been contacted as well. Please visit http://www.BeyondBoundariessite.com for more information. We do not have to struggle anymore! Abundance awaits us!

  14. Hi Wyclef!
    I know how we can accomplish financial relief for Haiti immediately! Not only do I know how we can accomplish financial relief for Haiti, I also know how we can uplift the entire African nation. I have put in motion a wealth movement for our people that will be taken around the world. Black leaders have been contacted as well. Please visit http://www.BeyondBoundariessite.com for more information. We do not have to struggle anymore! Abundance awaits us!

    With Love,
    Benita Celeste

  15. Hi Wyclef!

    I think that what you have done for Haiti and what you are still doing is AMAZING. You are their rock and redeemer. I have gathered money for Haiti and wanted to buy medical supplies. I am not sure whether to buy these supplies or donate the money. I wanted to give this money directly to you because I know you will give 100% to Haiti. Please let me know. My email is mnazarian@hotmail.com. Thank you!

  16. Dear Wyclef,

    I send you a message through Yvette. I hope you get it.
    Can I do a song with you tomorrow in Antwerpen. It a Dutchversion of Bob Marley`s Ratrace. You can check it on you tube. The tittle is ROTSTREEK HAITI REMIX.
    Please let me bring this Nederreggae with you to the Dutch speaking people in the Europe.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Patrick Mathurin
    info@patrickmathurin.com

  17. Hi Wyclef,
    Hope you get to be President of Haiti.
    If you do please at least consider making these four changes.
    Create a secular nation.
    Create standards and a set of core values.
    Make English the primary taught language.
    Ensure that everyone gets a basic education and at least a trade qualification.
    Join the British Commonwealth of Nations. [Other non ex-British colony countries have joined, and Haiti needs to be part of a group of nations to get better connected for trade and growth and opportunities.]
    These five things will help you meet your goals for Haiti more than hundreds of other things you might do.
    Good Luk.

  18. The Haitian Constitution refers to “THE **PERMANENT** ELECTORAL COUNCIL” as one with the rights and responsibility to govern the electoral process. The Haitian Constitution makes NO MENTION of **nor** does it allow within its writings- for a TEMPORARILY ASSIGNED ELECTORAL COUNCIL to have office and powers in Haiti. Would it then be a violation of Haiti’s Constitution for THE **TEMPORARILY** ASSIGNED or TEMPORARY ELECTORAL COUNCIL- to decide (in year 2010) on the qualification of a candidate to run for the highest office in the nation? As a country, shouldn’t Haiti’s sitting government concentrate establishing THE PERMANENT ELECTORAL COUNCIL? This would be in line with Haiti’s Constitution and also the responsibility of President Rene Preval in reference to his oath to protect all aspects of Haiti’s Constitution.

    THE HAITIAN CONSTITUTION…IN REFERENCE TO THE **PERMANENT** ELECTORAL COUNCIL http://pdba.georgetown.edu/Constitutions/Haiti/haiti1987.html :

    TITLE VI
    Independent Institutions

    CHAPTER I
    The Permanent Electoral Council

    ARTICLE 191:
    The Permanent Electoral Council is responsible for organizing and controlling with complete independence all electoral procedures throughout the territory of the Republic until the results of the election are announced.

    ARTICLE 191-1:
    The Council also drafts the Electoral Bill that it submits to the Executive Branch for the necessary purposes.

    ARTICLE 191-2:
    The Council sees to it that the electoral lists are kept up-to-date.

    ARTICLE 192:
    The Permanent Electoral Council consists of nine (9) members chosen from a list of three (3) names proposed by each of the Departmental Assemblies:
    3 are chosen by the Executive Branch;

    3 are chosen by the Supreme Court;

    3 are chosen by the National Assembly.

    The above-mentioned organs see to it as far as possible that each of the Departments are represented.

    ARTICLE 193:
    Members of the Permanent Electoral Council must:
    1. Be native-born Haitians;

    2. Have attained forty (40) years of age;

    3. Enjoy civil and political rights and never have been sentenced to death, personal constraint or penal servitude or the loss of civil rights;

    4. Have been relieved of their responsibilities if they have been handling public funds;

    5. Have resided in the country at least three (3) years before their nomination.

    ARTICLE 194:
    Members of the Permanent Electoral Council are appointed for a nine (9) year nonrenovable period. They may not be removed from office.

    ARTICLE 194-1:
    One-third of the members of the Permanent Electoral Council are replaced every three (3) years. The President is chosen form among its members.

    ARTICLE 194-2:
    Before taking office, the members of the Permanent Electoral Council take the following oath before the Supreme Court;
    “I swear to respect the Constitution and the provisions of the Electoral Law and to discharge my duties with dignity, independence, impartiality and patriotism.”

    ARTICLE 195:
    In the event of a serious offense committed in the discharge of their duties, the members of the Permanent Electoral Council are liable for prosecution before the High Court of Justice.

    ARTICLE 195-1:
    The seat of the Permanent electoral Council is in the capital. Its jurisdiction extends throughout the territory of the Republic.

    ARTICLE 196:
    Members of the Permanent electoral Council may not hold any other public post, nor may they be a candidate of an elective post during their term.
    In the event of dismissal, a member of the Council must wait three (3) years before he may run for an elective post.

    ARTICLE 197:
    The Permanent Electoral Council shall rule on all disputes arising either in elections or in the enforcement or the violation of the Electoral Law, subject to any legal prosecution undertaken against an offender or offenders before the courts of competent jurisdiction.

    ARTICLE 198:
    In the event of a vacancy caused by a depth, resignation or any other reason, the member shall be replaced following the procedure established in article 192 for the remainder of his term, taking into account the branch of government that had designated the member to be replaced.

    ARTICLE 199:
    The law determines the rules for organization and operation of the Permanent Electoral Council

  19. Hello Wyclif,

    My name is Suzie; I recently went on a mission trip to Haiti. I can honestly say it was a life changing experience for me. I was so touched by the people that I have started a non-profit called Building on A Rock (buildingonarock.com).

    The non-profit is to build a sustainable village in La Saline, Haiti. (100 homes, 100 sanitary stations, 100 goats, 16,000 fruit trees, 4 water pumps, and community center) Our mission is to meet the needs of the public community in Haiti, starting with La Saline by abling them to help themselves via creating a sustainable living situation. This ministry is a reflection of our Lord’s unconditional love-a love that surrenders all, that inspires trust and faith, and that embraces all people, regardless of race, status or creed. It is also shaped by our belief that Christ is alive and can be served directly by serving those in greatest need.

    We plan to build the village on the land that was given to Pastor Rigual in La Saline, Haiti. I would love to join forces with you! As we both have a great passion for helping Haiti.

    I have attached the proposal I show companies, city leaders, church’s etc. when I pitch for their support.

    I usually ask them to:
    1. Sponsor a village (Large companies or even cities or churches might want to make this a group effort)
    2. Sponsor a part of the village (the homes, the clinic, the trees, goats, etc)
    3. Match up to a certain amount raised
    4. Donate any amount
    I look forward to the potential of working together to better Haiti.

  20. Wyclef,

    Please read this if you want to help Haiti (a country were I grew up), and PLEASE bring media attention to this issue: “Not a cent of the $1.15 billion the U.S. promised for rebuilding has arrived.” from the story “Haiti Still Waiting For Pledged U.S. Aid” ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/29/haiti-still-waiting-for-p_n_743002.html )

    One US Senator, Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, is the only person holding up the $1.5 billion ear marked for Haiti relief! He is doing so over a $5 million concern to score right wing political points at the expense of Haitian people. Please bring this to media attention by holding a news conference, or by running TV commercials, whatever you can do with your wealth to publicly shame that bas*ard Coburn into allowing the money to reach Haiti.

    Please respond to this message or email me so I know you are aware of this issue. I will also join your Facebook account and post this info there. Please don’t ignore this issue.

    Thank you

  21. I am a small business owner/entrepreneur and would love to have one of you be the face of our product.

    Graduation rates in the USA are on the decline and if a young successful artist can dedicate his time to getting a college education, this will help millions of young boys/girls who look up to him.

    Our product is a Tassel Topper and you can design your own at our website http://www.tasseltoppers.com

    I would love to send you one for free and see if we can work out an agreement to help promote it.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Marc

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