Today is the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, and as such Wyclef Jean has produced a benefit album called “Care for Haiti” with proceeds going back to the devastated country.
Now, the singer has come under a lot of fire recently because of financial scandals in his Yéle Haiti Foundation, but the fact that he’s still trying to make good says a lot.
He has teamed up with humanitarian organization CARE and Slip-N-Slide records on the album, and the first single “Better” drops today.
Jean’s sister, Melky Jean, wrote and performed the single, and in a statement to The BoomBox she said, “Eighty percent of the population of Haiti survives on just a dollar a day… With the ‘Care for Haiti’ album, we hope to be a catalyst for change and to raise resources to help provide fundamental business skills as well as access to health, food and educational opportunities for the women and children of Haiti.”
It’s an extremely worthy cause, trying to raise money to rebuild a region that has been so incredibly weakened by this natural disaster.
And luckily, the album also carries the weight of heavy hitter performances from artists like Patti Labelle, Sean Paul, Talib Kwelli, Jill Scott, and India.Arie. And while the single drops today, you can expect the album to hit stores on March 8th, another important day as it honors the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.
Here’s hoping the funds go where they’re supposed to…