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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