Wyclef Jean Announces Yele Haiti, KATA Partnership During Capitol Hill Appearance

In

his continuing quest to bring awareness and aid to his native Haiti, Fugees member

Wyclef Jean announced a new alliance between his Yele Haiti organization and the

KATA (Konbit Ak Tet Ansanm) job creation initiative, a USAID-funded program implemented

by CHF International.The

news came during a hearing Tuesday (March 13) on Capital Hill about development

efforts in Haiti.

Jean was on hand to testify before the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere

Committee on Foreign Affairs at the U.S. House of Representatives. With

close 80 percent unemployment and an average life expectancy of only 53 years,

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. "After

some 200 years of neglect, almost everything is a priority in Haiti: health, education,

infrastructure, jobs, security, justice — all that’s needed to achieve a healthy

economy and a stable, vibrant society," the Grammy-winning rapper/producer

said.Launched

in 2005 by Jean, Yele Haiti funds education, health, environment and community

development projects while using music, sports and the media to reach the public.

The

organization’s partnership with KATA is set up to advance economic development

and stability in Haiti by fostering initiatives linking job creation, education

and the arts. The

union will also focus on a variety of areas, including vocational training centers

in five of Haiti’s most volatile areas — Port au Prince, Petit Goave, St. Marc,

Gonaives and Cap Haitien. Yele

Cuisine, a micro enterprise model that will train more than 1,000 women to become

the owners of food distribution outlets in slum areas, will receive support from

Yele Haiti and KATA. CHF

International, founded in 1952, works towards positive change in low- and moderate-income

communities around the world by helping families improve their economic circumstances,

environment and infrastructure.The

Yele Haiti/KATA partnership is the latest political endeavor for Jean, who was

appointed roving ambassador of Haiti in January by the country’s President

Rene Preval.

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