By Bridget Bland
Grammy Award-nominated singer Maxwell is working with big names to help his native country of Haiti.
The Brooklyn-raised R&B crooner, whose mother is Haitian, was asked to attend an emergency meeting organized by President Bill Clinton on Jan.14 to create solutions for combating the effects of the devastation caused by the massive earthquake on Jan.12.
Maxwell describes the meeting as “pivotal” and “uplifting.”
“I was in a room with all kinds of incredible people from all sorts of different backgrounds, all working on solutions – artists, financiers, disaster specialists and Haiti experts like Dr. Paul Farmer, the public health specialist who is a United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti,” he said.
“Many ideas were discussed that are at this moment being put into action. While the immediate focus is on humanitarian aid and saving lives, the ultimate goal is to rebuild Haiti so that all Haitians can make their country a better place to live for all.”
The ‘Pretty Wings’ singer says that he’s committed to assisting President Clinton and that raising money is “the most important thing to do now.”
“…The easiest way to do it is through text messaging, but other ways to help include donating to organizations such as the Clinton foundation, Unicef, Red Cross and Wyclef‘s charity Yele Haiti.”
As previously reported, Wyclef Jean‘s Yele Haiti organization has garnered over one million dollars through its text message campaign and the Red Cross’s similar effort has raised over eight million dollars.