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Wyclef Jean is pleading for people to "act now" to help victims of the devastating 7.0 Haitian earthquake, which officials feared could leave thousands dead.

"Haiti today faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced," the Haitian-American music star wrote on his blog. "I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now."

Jean, who established the non-profit organization, Yele Haiti Foundation, in 2004 to provide scholarships to the country's impoverished children, is encouraging people to text "Yele" to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 (to be charged to cell phone bills) to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund, or to visit Yele.org and click "donate" to aid in the relief effort.

VIDEO: Watch Wyclef Jean discuss the earthquake on CNN