Victims of the massive earthquake that left swaths of Haiti in ruins Tuesday have found a champion in Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean
. The former Fugees
vocalist and producer acted quickly Tuesday to organize a Twitter campaign to raise money for victims even while on his way to the airport to fly to Haiti. Earthquake victims look for survivors amid the rubble Tuesday (Getty)
Shortly after the quake hit, Wyclef posted on Twitter
, "Please text 'Yele' to 501501 to donate $5 to YELE HAITI.Your money will help with relief efforts. They need our help..please help if you can." Wyclef, who arrived in Haiti Wednesday morning, started the Yéle Haiti Foundation in 2005 to provide scholarships for Haitian youth. His call to action quickly went viral with hundreds of Twitter users re-Tweeting the post by the minute. Earlier Wednesday morning, it appeared that the yele.org
site had crashed under the massive surge in traffic.
Twitter users have also been reposting a call to action to text 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.
The first earthquake, of magnitude 7.0, struck Haiti at 4:53 PM Tuesday with an epicenter just 10 miles from capital city Port-au-Prince. Two large aftershocks of magnitude 5.9 and 5.5, struck soon after, leaving even more destruction. While no one is sure yet just how many lives the quake took, Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive told CNN
Wednesday that he believes the death toll will be in the hundreds of thousands.