After the disastrous catastrophe in Haiti on the early period of the year, everyone around the globe is devastated and fervently trying to help on simple ways; prayers, donations and spreading the news to ask for help. This is the same circumstance that Philippines experienced during the typhoon — that all the houses (in squatters’ area or in affluent subdivisions) were wrecked by the angry climate upheaval.
Wyclef Jean, a Haitian-American Hip-Hop superstar, had an early realization that Haiti needs him. He’s going to announce his candidacy for President on August 7. Haiti Election will happen on Nov 28. On his interview with TIME Magazine, he specifically said that:
“If not for the earthquake, I probably would have waited another 10 years before doing this. The quake drove home to me that Haiti can’t wait another 10 years for us to bring it into the 21st century. If I can’t take five years out to serve my country as President, then everything I’ve been singing about, like equal rights, doesn’t mean anything.”
This is quite familiar lines — remember Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada, who was a famous actor of his time and tried to run the Philippine BUT on his own ways and gratis will go straight to his own pockets!
Or maybe Wyclef Jean is different. In 2005, he established Yéle Haiti Foundation. In its first year of operation, the foundation, with funding by Comcel, provided scholarships to 3,600 children in Gonaïves, Haiti, after the devastation by Hurricane Jeanne. After the earthquake on January 12, 2010 in Haiti, Jean called on others to donate to his foundation’s Yéle Haiti Earthquake Fund, imploring “We must act now. He can be a philanthropist as a Hip Hop artist — even not as a president.
I personally believe that ‘Power tends to Corrupt’ – that sometimes, we become greedy, selfish and nasty just to stay on that power. There might be a ratio of one-is-to-one-million chance of being truly altruistic and living in the service of the People and God. I hope Wyclef Jean belongs to that ONE and not on the ONE MILLION.
Watch Haitian musician Wyclef Jean talks to TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel about his plans to run for Haitian President