Music For Relief Supports Disaster Victims
Japan Relief Continues
Music for Relief works in partnership with established agencies to support immediate relief with food, water and medical supplies as well as long-term sustainable housing solutions for people affected by catastrophic natural disasters. Earlier this year, Music For Relief teamed up with Save the Children in response to the multiple disasters in Japan. Thanks to the generous donations of people like you, MFR raised $130,200 thru the Download to Donate: Tsunami Relief campaign, which had 26 participating artists. Over $301,454 has been raised in total so far for Japan through multiple efforts -- this fantastic response resulted in hundreds of thousands of people visiting the downloadtodonate.org site, with many thousands sharing our outreach efforts thru Facebook and Twitter!
"The people of Japan -- especially the children -- will need our help for many weeks and months to come," said Mike Shinoda. "We are proud to partner with Save the Children, which has decades of experience in helping children and families impacted by disaster."
Those who would like to continue to help Japan can make a donation on musicforrelief.org/donate, participate in the MFR Individual Fundraising Challenge, or purchase the Japan Relief T-shirts.
One hundred percent of the proceeds will be directed to Save the Children, which has been working in Japan for 25 years. In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, they deployed emergency response teams to assess the needs of children and their families. The organization set up child-friendly spaces in evacuation areas where families who lost their homes are staying. These spaces provide children with an opportunity to play safely with other children while freeing up parents to work on the recovery. In addition to immediate relief, Save The Children supports long-term recovery plans to restore education and child care in Japanese communities ravaged by the disasters. Your continued support is vital and we hope you'll share the news about these unique ways to get involved thru Music For Relief.
Download To Donate For Haiti: One Year Later
Music for Relief is also proud to bring you Download to Donate for Haiti v2.0, now available with all new tracks at Downloadtodonate.org. Thanks to your support, the original Download to Donate raised over a quarter of a million dollars for relief efforts in Haiti. V2.0 launched in January on the one-year anniversary of the quake, and has raised over $270,000 so far.
Over a year later, the recovery effort is far from over -- make your $10 donation today (text RELIEF to 41010 or by credit card or paypal at downloadtodonate.org) and receive a one year music subscription featuring 60 songs donated by outstanding artists. New songs and updates from the ground in Haiti will be added each month, along with updates on how the funds are helping those in need. 100% of funds raised benefit earthquake recovery in Haiti.
Your Donations Are Making A Difference
Recently, Dave "Phoenix" Farrell traveled to Haiti with Music for Relief and the United Nations Foundation to see firsthand how funds raised through Download to Donate are helping Haiti rebuild. While in Haiti, Phoenix met with UN staff and Haitians to learn how solar street lights are protecting women and children from violence at night in the camps. Over the past months, 200 cost-efficient, environmentally friendly and durable LED streetlights have been installed by the UN's Population Fund with the guidance of Haitian women. The lamps, provided with support from the UN Foundation, Music for Relief, and USAID, are already leading to a reduction of violent incidents, but there is still the need for more lights throughout the camps. Phoenix and Peter Yeo of the UN Foundation wrote about their experience and the power of music here on the Huffington Post.
If you've taken action with Music for Relief, please share your support of MFR for relief in Japan, Haiti and Pakistan and more via Facebook, Twitter or forward this information to friends and family and ask them to do the same. Thank you for your support!
Get more information about current projects and learn how you can volunteer at upcoming MFR events here. Or, read more from (it) magazine about MFR's green home build in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles and get involved today!
About Music for Relief: Founded by two-time Grammy winning and multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park, Music for Relief is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Since its inception in 2005, Music for Relief has raised over $4 million for victims of multiple disasters across four continents including the 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami, hurricanes Katrina and Rita, wildfires in Southern California & Victoria Australia, China's Wenchuan earthquake, a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, and the January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake. Music for Relief also supports environmental programs to help in prevention and mitigation of future natural disasters such as the Send Dirt campaign for wetlands protection and restoration and the Million Tree Project in China's Inner Mongolia Desert. MFR has planted over 810,000 trees to help reduce global warming. For more information on these programs and Music for Relief, CLICK HERE.