It is too bad that Birdman is stingy with Lil Wayne’s money, according to their ongoing lawsuit, because Lil Tunechi loves to give money away to good causes. Sadly, an area of Haiti where Lil Wayne has done charity work in the past is now succumbing to the stress of Hurricane Matthew.
On October 7, Hip Hop DX wrote that Lil Wayne has a charitable heart, and after Lil Weezyana Fest 2, he donated the ramps from his pop-up skate park to kids in New Orleans.
This is a positive sign because there have been two attempts to open a skate park in New Orleans by Lil Wayne, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, and the third time appears to be the charm.
Regardless, Lil Wayne is known for doing charity work, especially through his Tha Carter Fund, and in the past year he was also working with Karen Civil in Pétionville; a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
After the 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti, celebrities like Lil Wayne have worked to bring aid and awareness to the ongoing economic disaster in that country. Adding to this, October’s Hurricane Matthew is being called the worst humanitarian disaster in Haiti since that earthquake, according to USA Today.
Unfortunately, Hurricane Matthew raged against Port-au-Prince during the first week of October, and the Petionville community (where Lil Wayne visited in 2015) became a refuge suburb due to the flooding in Port-au-Prince, below.
During the storm, United Nations Peacekeeping Forces posted a picture of themselves patrolling the Petionville neighborhood during Hurricane Matthew, and it did appear that there were heavy rains.
Another Twitter post from Petionville showed a downed power line due to a tree limb, thanks to Hurricane Matthew.
Although there are likely many refugees currently in Petionville due to the aftermath of the heavy rains in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew, the focus in Petionville before the storm centered on everyone rushing to the local supermarket to stock up, according to a Twitter post.
In case Lil Wayne is worried, one Petionville local tweeted on October 8 to a concerned friend that “Friends and loved ones are in Petionville area (up the hills from Port-au-Prince). They are good.”
Despite this, things have not been great for most of Haiti for awhile, and Lil Wayne has given back to the country twice in the past two years. For example, on June 30, 2015, Vibe reported that Lil Wayne and Chris Brown gave a free concert in Haiti.
About six months later, on December 21, 2015, BET reported that Lil Wayne dropped in to help Karen Civil’s project to give back to orphans in the Petionville neighborhood.
I teamed up with @liltunechi for our first annual #LiveCivilPlayground Christmas Giveaway & Party in Haiti! Special guest: @andreberto dressed as Santa! A special thanks @trukfit, @scholasticinc, @NewEraCap & @mrswanda for donating clothes, hats, toiletry kits and books for over 500 kids! #LiveCivil
In addition to working on a playground and donating other resources, Lil Wayne also gave the kids some of his Trukfit gear.
Although there was some confusion about Lil Wayne and Karen Civil doing work with kids in a rich neighborhood, at least a third of the orphanages in Port-au-Prince are near the Petionville neighborhood, according to Google Maps.
Nevertheless, it is likely that Lil Wayne and others will continue to place a focus on Haiti’s orphans thanks to Harry Potter writer, J.K. Rowling. Starting back in 2015, Rowling made a vow to end orphanages in Haiti by 2030, and contributes significantly to the Lumos foundation, according to Independent.
On top of this, events like Hurricane Matthew only compound Haiti’s gap between the rich and the poor, according to Jamaica Observer. For example, rich people in Petionville might have access to the internet, smartphones, and can receive information about the upcoming weather changes. The neighborhood is also at a high altitude compared to the rest of Port-au-Prince, and it becomes a safe haven during flooding.
Alternatively, a poor sailboat worker was stranded a couple of miles from Petionville in the Bay of Port-au-Prince when the storm was about to hit, and was about to lose everything (possibly including his life) because he “hadn’t heard anything” about a bad storm coming.
In addition to having so few organized resources that are not informing members of the public to take shelter from the hurricane, the Port-au-Prince area still needs celebrities like Lil Wayne to represent them for other reasons.
Along with helping with poverty and life-saving infrastructure against storms, there is a significant amount of need for professional help — even in the affluent neighborhood of Petionville.
Miami Herald reported from Petionville on October 3 and quoted Dr. Jean Pierre Brisma while he was shopping at Big Star Supermarket in preparation for the storm.
“I don’t think the country is ready… If the government doesn’t stop people from building anywhere and how they want, we will always be vulnerable to hurricanes,” Dr. Brisma stated about the upcoming hurricane.
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