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.
Another Power the World 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.
Power The World's most recent campaign is Clean Cookstoves in Nepal. Electricity is a privilege unavailable to most poor families in this region. Because of this they must rely on thousands of pounds of wood a year for their daily cooking needs. We are teaming up with World Wildlife Fund to bring biogas cookstoves to these families. Donate today to help provide cookstoves that will benefit people, wildlife and the planet.
HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF
Since Hurricane Sandy hit, MFR has partnered with Save the Children and International Medical Corps to help children and their families recover. In New York and New Jersey, MFR's alignment with Save the Children has helped Save replace indoor and outdoor learning materials that were damaged or destroyed by the storm, provide assistance like transportation support to ensure that children are able to access child care and families are able to get back to work. Save has also implemented Journey of Hope in New Jersey and Staten Island, a psychosocial program that helps children and adults cope, build on their natural resiliency and strengthen their network of social support with friends and others—to help them recover from the fear, loss and stresses related to Hurricane Sandy. In Haiti, Music for Relief helped the International Medical Corps add Mobile Medical Units at the Les Cayes site, one of the hardest hit areas. They have also conducted public education sessions for more than 34,000 people on cholera, water treatment and hygiene, use of bed nets and waste management. While also working to rehabilitate the Aquin water system to ensure a safe supply and distribute shelter, h
ygiene and essential supplies to populations affected by Sandy in the South Department. They have distributed 100,000 water purification tablets (Aquatabs) and 5,000 oral rehydration salt packets. The outreach has already been enormously successful.
OKLAHOMA TORNADO RELIEF
With the aftermath of the Oklahoma tornadoes, communities are trying to rebuild what was lost and salvage any belongings that were left. Families cannot do this themselves and need the support of others. MFR has parnered with All Hands Volunteers to help response efforts which includes debris removal, helping families search for their possessions, and rebuilding homes.
DISASTER RISK MITIGATION IN INDONESIA
As a disaster-prone country frequently hit by volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides and floods, Indonesia has a history of vulnerability to natural disasters, exemplified by the tragic 2004 tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people and caused tremendous damage to infrastructure. The Indonesian government has appealed to train people in vulnerable areas in an effort to help disaster preparedness. Music for Relief partnered with Terre des Hommes Netherlands with its Community Based Disaster Reduction Management. The disaster training aims to train individuals in the communities who can share their knowledge with others including school administrators, teachers and children, people living on the riverbanks, and people living in the slums of Jakarta.
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.
REFORESTATION IN ISREAL
Following the worst forest fires in Israel’s history which burned areas of the Carmel Mountain Range near the city of Haifa in December of 2010, Music for Relief contributed to partner Jewish National Fund for reforestation. Since the fires, rangers have focused on removing charred vegetation, creating firebreaks, monitoring unaffected trees in burnt areas, and repairing forest access roads. With our support, Jewish National Fund began re-planting in select areas where regeneration failed to occur. Music for Relief’s contribution funds the planting of 1,100 trees as a part of Operation Carmel Renewal: From Black to Green.
REFORESTATION AND FRUIT DISTRIBUTION IN HAITI
Music for Relief funds Konpay’s reforestation project in and around the village of Cyvadier, in the southeast Department of Jacmel, Haiti. The goals of the project are to increase awareness of the importance of protecting trees and create advocates for the environment, to strengthen local water sources and regional water sheds, and to increase household income by offering fruit trees to participants. These effort strengthens Haitian solutions to environmental, social and economic problems by building collaborative networks, sharing technology and expertise, and mobilizing resources to support innovative Haitian-led initiatives.
REFORESTATION IN U.S. AND CANADA
Music for Relief contributed the $1 per ticket donation from Linkin Park’s North American tour to Tree Canada for the planting of 1,981 trees and American Forests for the planting of 95,000 trees. Trees planted in the U.S. with American Forests were primarily to reforest burnt areas.
REFORESTATION AND CONSERVATION IN BRAZIL'S ATLANTIC FOREST
Music for Relief contributed $57,000 in 2011 for the planting of 57,000 trees with The Nature Conservancy in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest for their Plant A Billion Trees campaign. Only 12% of the Atlantic Forest’s original area remains and only 7% is well conserved. It is one of the world’s most endangered tropical forests, threatened by coastal development, urban expansion, and illegal logging. The forest provides clean water and hydro energy for over 130 million Brazilians and is home to an extraordinary array of biodiversity found nowhere else on Earth. Much of what remains of the forest is found in isolated fragments, which are often too small to support a full array of its extraordinary biodiversity.
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.
On February 27, 2010 an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile off the coast of the Maule Region. 2 million Chileans were affected and 500,000 homes were seriously damaged. With a generous donation from TGIC Importers, Music for Relief supported the rebuilding of earthquake resistant core houses, repair of damaged homes, and funding of local community centers with partner, Habitat for Humanity. This contribution was enough to build up to 20 homes.
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.
Later, in response to the devastating oil leak in the Gulf Coast that began on April 20, 2010 and lasted for three months, Music for Relief reengaged our Send Dirt campaign. In partnership with Gulf Restoration non-profit partners Voice of the Wetlands and For The Bayou, MFR activated Send Dirt to raise awareness about the vulnerability of the wetlands and the important role they play in the protection of coastal communities and livelihoods of community members.
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.