I am shocked that money given to ‘Yele Haiti’ has not reached the ground yet and that the first planned expenditure is for a security force. This is not the pretense that people were told when they contributed. Millions contributed thinking their donations were going to help people on the ground immediately. I don’t know who to trust in this dilemma. Read the latest in this story below:
We’ve said before that Yele Haiti does and has done good and important work in Haiti in the past, but that it is, in the words of a source familiar with the organization’s operations we spoke to, “Not a relief organization” and isn’t set up to respond immediately to the urgent needs on the ground. Locke indirectly confirmed that assessment during the press conference, acknowledging that despite raising somewhere on the order of $1 million per day under the pretense of providing emergency relief, Yele Haiti hasn’t spent one dollar yet on earthquake relief—though they have accepted free space on airlifts to deliver in-kind donations of supplies.
As for what they will spend it on when they start disbursing funds, Jean said one priority is the establishment of a “security force.” On the one hand, security is clearly a serious issue that needs to be addressed on the ground. On the other hand, we can’t see how it’s the best use of charitable dollars for Wyclef Jean to be putting one together when 2,200 U.S. Marines are arriving as we speak.