Celebrities and public figures use their platforms to raise awareness of Haiti after a powerful earthquake struck the nation.
On Saturday, Haiti was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that officially claimed the lives of at least 700 people and thousands more were injured.
After the disaster, celebrities like Cardi B, Naomi Osaka, Wyclef Jean and Rick Ross spoke about the situation on social media, where they shared good wishes and prayers for the country.
“I have a soft spot for Haiti and its people. You my cousins. I pray for Haiti, they are going through so much [sic]”, Cardi B. tweeted.” God please cover this country and its people. “
Rick Ross also addressed the situation on Twitter, where the rapper wrote, “Haiti is bringing out some of the strongest spirits and people I know, but now we need to pray and expand to the people and Haiti.”
Tennis star Osaka, whose father is Haitian, also pledged her support for Haiti’s relief efforts and announced that she will donate her proceeds from the Western & Southern Open next week to the country currently in a state of emergency.
“It really hurts to see all the devastation in Haiti and I have a feeling we really can’t take a break,” the four-time Grand Slam champion wrote on Twitter. “I’m going to play a tournament this week and I will give all of the prize money to aid Haiti.
“I know the blood of our ancestors is strong, we will continue to rise.”
Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean, who previously started a now-defunct charity to help Haiti and released a song called Earthquake after the country was hit by a catastrophic earthquake in 2010, also used social media to help people out imploring them to do all they can to help the impoverished nation.
“Today, again to report, Haiti is hit by another earthquake and I encourage everyone to please do their part so we can help the country,” Jean said in a video posted on Instagram.
In the caption, the Haiti-born musician also recognized the role of climate change in natural disasters and wrote: “Another earthquake hits Haiti. As we move forward in the world of climate change, we should think about how we can protect our land, even if it means relocating people to different parts of the island. “
In light of the disaster, celebrity chef and humanist José Andrés, who founded the nonprofit World Central Kitchen, announced that the organization that feeds people in disaster-hit areas would arrive in Haiti today.
“#ChefsforHaiti already in action after the earthquake … Today an additional @WCKitchen Relief Team arrives!” Andrés wrote on Twitter. “We are proud to help our local Haiti partners to save lives with money and soon with food … Next we will set up a kitchen in the affected areas in the south.”
Current information on the earthquake in Haiti can be found here.