Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti non-profit organization is receiving praise for raising almost $10 million dollars in donations since an earthquake struck the country in January.
According to recent reports, Yele has raised a total of $9,139,324 in donations since a 7.0 earthquake leveled Port-Au-Prince, leaving over millions dead and million more wounded and displaced.
Although Yele Haiti has done a lot for Wyclef’s native country, the organization has recently come under scrutiny and has even been accused of mismanaging funds.
Last month Wyclef had to answer to allegations regarding his $105,000 payment to his personal assistant Zakiya Khatou-Chevassus, who he was rumored to be having an affair with.
Those allegations came in the midst of rumors that Jean was also sleeping with his former manager, Lisa Ellis, former VP of Urban at Sony Music after nude pictures were leaked online that were allegedly sent to Jean.
Both women have denied being romantically involved with Wyclef Jean, as did Wyclef Jean via his Twitter page and according to The New York Post, Ellis has contacted the FBI over a nude photograph from an upcoming art book that leaked on the Internet.
Although over $2 billion in monetary funds have been raised for the impoverished country, the Haitian Government claims that they have only seen $10 million of the money collected.
Haitian Ambassador Raymond Alcide Joseph also stated that the Haitian Government has only seen $10 million of the relief fund.
During a visit to Nashville’s Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville Tennessee, Haitian Ambassador Raymond Alcide Joseph addressed the allegations against Jean, who is also his nephew.
“I’m not a financial accountant, I haven’t seen everything, but I think they had people go through the books and they did find some irregularities that were repaired, but as far as wholesale corruption–I say ‘no,’“ Joseph stated. “It’s not because Wyclef Jean is my nephew and I’m defending him but I know his heart is good and he’s been doing good work in Haiti long, long before these people who have appeared on the scene.”
He claimed the rumors were being started by rival non-profits, who were angry at the amount of money being directed towards Jean’s Yele Haiti.