POWER THE WORLD
1.3 billion people in the world lack access to clean energy. This staggering fact ignited Linkin Park's interest in helping to find solutions. In support of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon's 2012 Year of Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, Linkin Park has pledged to Power the World by helping raise awareness about energy access, highlighting solutions and providing opportunities for people to get involved.
Power the World's first project aims to help bring clean energy to Haiti, where 8 million people live without access to sustainable energy. Supporters can help bring Haiti out of extreme energy poverty by visiting http://powertheworld.org and donating $10 to provide a solar powered lightbulb to a family in Haiti through EarthSpark International's Enèji Pwòp ("Clean Energy" in Haitian Creole). This $10 donation will improve the quality of life for a family by lighting their home and enabling children to study, families to read, and all to feel safe and healthy.
Music for Relief has also partnered with WE CARE Solar to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies by sending Solar Suitcases to clinics and hospitals in Uganda where maternal mortality rates are at a crisis point. These Solar Suitcases are an economical, easy-to-use portable power unit that provides health workers with highly efficient medical lighting and power for mobile communication and medical devices to help save lives of mothers and babies. Click here to learn more about how you can help bring one to a clinic in need.
Power the World's most recent project aims to bring innovative and sustainable energy to families in South America. Together with Uncharted Play, we are providing children with SOCCKETs, soccer balls that also function as portable generators. Each SOCCKET has the capability to power LED lamps, fans, cell phone chargers, water purifiers and audio speakers for an entire family. Supporters can help us bring SOCCKETs to even more families by donating today.
EAST AFRICA HUNGER CRISIS
Beginning in 2011, Music for Relief joined K'naan and the American Refugee Committee as a part of the I AM A STAR campaign to raise awareness in the U.S. about the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. The goal is to inspire people to get involved at the local level to help provide famine relief and shine a light on Somali culture and people. MFR pledged $50,000 to support Banadir Hospital as well as another $50,000 to "Kitchen Mamas," a pilot program designed to help distribute information about health, WASH and disease protection, while improving access to service providers for gender-based violence and health providers who can treat cholera, HIV/AIDS and malnutrition.
DOWNLOAD TO DONATE FOR HAITI V2.0
It’s been two years since the devastating Haiti earthquake, but the crisis continues today with nearly one million people living in temporary shelter and makeshift camps. Since the earthquake Haitians have endured a Hurricane, flooding, and a cholera outbreak. The 7.0 earthquake in early 2010 devastated a country that was already suffering from extreme poverty and environmental degradation.
Music for Relief re-launched Download to Donate for Haiti with Causecast in an effort to support another year of recovery efforts and keep public attention on this critical situation.
To participate, supporters made a $10 donation via mobile phone or at downloadtodonate.org and received a one year music subscription featuring 60+ songs donated by outstanding artists. New songs and updates from the ground in Haiti were added each month.
Proceeds from Download to Donate for Haiti were equally distributed between four partners: the United Nations Foundation, Partners in Health, charity: water, and DirectRelief International's HELP Leadership Program. These programs support the medium and long-term challenges of reconstruction, including delivery of food, clean water and medical care, as well as the rebuilding of schools for children affected by the earthquake.
SECRET SHOW FOR JAPAN
Linkin Park, partnering with best-selling Japanese artist B'z, offered fans the opportunity to see them play their smallest venue in years by challenging them to raise money for Japanese tsunami relief through Music for Relief. For every $500 raised, fans got two tickets to see the show on August 31, 2011 at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles. All proceeds benefited Save the Children to support long-term recovery for children in Japan. The concert raised more than $350,000.
ONE MILLION TREES
MFR has planted over 1 million trees to restore forests that help clean the air and water and provide habitats for wildlife around the world, including reforestation projects in Haiti, North America, and Brazil's Atlantic Forest.
MUSIC FOR RELIEF GREEN HOME
As a part of our ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity, MFR funded and built homes for families in need of safe, decent, affordable housing. Homes were built using environmentally sustainable practices to help the environment, save the homeowner family money and help eliminate substandard housing. Learn more at www.musicforrelief.org/habitat.
DOWNLOAD TO DONATE: TSUNAMI RELIEF
To raise funds for children affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Music for Relief launched a Download to Donate playlist, with unreleased songs from leading artists. All funds benefit Save the Children's relief efforts in Japan.
PAKISTAN FLOOD RELIEF
MFR is raising funds and awareness to help the 20 million lives affected by severe flooding in Pakistan, the worst in living memory. In partnership with The UN Refugee Agency, 100% of funds will help provide shelter and other life-saving aid.
ZIMBABWE CHOLERA OUTBREAK
Funded the air freight of critically needed medical supplies and pharmaceuticals worth $2M (wholesale) to Harare Hospital in Zimbabwe during the cholera outbreak in January of 2009.
Contributed to help individuals and families displaced in Red Cross shelters following the 2009 Australia Bushfires as well as people whose homes were destroyed.
MENA, ARKANSAS TORNADO RECOVERY
MFR supported the clearing of trees, debris and roof repair through a donation to partner organization Hands On Disaster Response. MFR also helped recruit volunteers who completed this work with HODR staff and residents in Mena, AK.
HAITI LONG TERM HURRICANE RECOVERY
Funds contributed by MFR helped provide food, clean water and reforestation including a fruit tree distribution program to benefit impoverished people in the Central Plateau and La Gonave, Haiti.
CYCLONE AILA IN BANGLADESH
This program provided clean water, meal packets/dry food packages, and plastic sheets for temporary shelter in partnership with BRAC in response to Cyclone Aila in Bangladesh.
In partnership with Direct Relief International, Music for Relief provided funding for face masks and other supplies for firefighters. Additionally MFR contributed to the American Red Cross for food, clothing, and other necessities for evacuees in shelters during the wildfires as well as the general emergency fund for future needs.
Supported the distribution of food, clean-up supplies and relief kits to 700 people living in emergency shelters in Taimali Township and Jiadug Township following the deadly Typhoon Morakot.
*Funds contributed directly to World Vision Taiwan
INDONESIA EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY
Following two major earthquakes, heavy rain and landslides MFR funded and helped recruit volunteers for HODR’s clean up and reconstruction efforts. This project included the reconstruction of 20 homes saving 20% of the materials to rebuild new houses.
TREE PLANTING IN CHINA'S INNER MONGOLIA DESERT
Funded the planting of over 8,000 trees with the Jane Goodall Foundation’s Shanghai Roots & Shoots Million Tree Project to offset 2200 tons of CO2 and reduce dust storms coming off the desert.
*Funds contributed directly to Shanghai Roots & Shoots.
With funds raised by MFR throughout the summer of 2009 on the Vans Warped tour, in January of 2010 6th and 7th graders from Southern Louisiana transferred 600 plants to the wetlands of Terribone Parish in Louisiana to help restore and protect the states valuable wetlands. Plants, tools and equipment were funded by the Send Dirt campaign.
CYCLONE NARGIS MYANMAR / BURMA
Music For Relief responded by contributing funds to the humanitarian response of World Vision which provided aid to over 100,000 survivors of the disaster. Nargis, the severe cyclonic storm which struck the Burmese coast on May 2 and 3, 2008 caused catastrophic destruction and is estimated to have claimed 135,000 lives including those still missing.
HURRICANE RESPONSE ON THE U.S. GULF COAST & CARIBBEAN
Hurricane Ike (and other 2008 Atlantic hurricanes Fay, Gustav, and Hanna) left tens of thousands strande in Texas, Louisiana & Haiti. To help these Hurricane victims, Music For Relief made a contribution to Direct Relief International. These funds opened up medical clinics in the affected regions, and enabled the shipment of medical & health supplies.
In February of 2008, Music For Relief volunteers, Linkin Park, and Coheed and Cambria traveled to New Orleans to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Thanks to generous donations from supporters, Music For Relief fully funded two new homes in New Orleans.
EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY IN CHINA
Music For Relief and Emma Ticketmaster in China donated $100,000 for recovery efforts following the devastating 5.12 earthquake centered in Wenchuan; the World Bank matched our donation. This partnership funded four post-earthquake recovery projects described below; all were proposed by grassroots organizations in China and chosen via China World Bank’s 2nd China Development Marketplace (CDM).
Eco residence and community recovery: Utilizing an earthquake resistant design and environmentally friendly materials, this project will rebuild homes for those left homeless after the 5.12 earthquake.
Residential primary school recovery: Many children in the earthquake affected region live at residential schools while their parents travel to cities to work. This project provides funding to a residential school to help replenish books, toys and other supplies as well as train volunteers to provide psychological counseling for children affected by the earthquake.
Fanbei village medical center support: This project will provide necessary equipment and training to a rural medical clinic in the earthquake affected area which will improve immediate conditions for local residents’ medical care as well as preventative care.
School support social work: This project provides funding for children who lost one or both parents in the earthquake so that they are able to live at the residential school which they had been attending.
Music For Relief was honored to participate in the 2nd China Development Marketplace (CDM) in Beijing on Oct 21-22, 2008. At the CDM, grassroots civil society organizations from all over China proposed innovative ways to address many social and environmental issues including earthquake recovery.