LINKIN PARK and MUSIC FOR RELIEF have pledged to support UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative through Power the World. We are raising awareness about energy poverty and raising funds for innovative solutions.
1.3 Billion people worldwide have no access to electricity Without electricity, children cannot study after dark, parents cannot work once the sun sets, and clinics cannot offer life-saving medical help. Access to modern energy is the key to better healthcare, education, and financial independence for the 1 in 5 people worldwide who do not currently have access to energy.
THE GOAL OF THIS CAMPAIGN IS TO BRING INNOVATIVE CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS TO FAMILIES IN HAITI, UGANDA AND SOUTH AMERICA
WHERE THE MONEY GOES:
Project 1: Light the Way for Families in Haiti
Less than 30% of the population of Haiti has reliable access to grid electricity. The majority of people light their homes with kerosene lights and candles. Smoke from candles and kerosene lamps causes respiratory problems, risk of fire, severe burns, not to mention they don’t produce enough light for nighttime activities.
The Solution: Solar light bulbs are renewable energy tools that are healthier, better for the environment, and save families money in the long term. The lights are portable, keeping women and children safer in their communities after dark. Funds raised by Music for Relief for Power the World are providing solar lights for families in Haiti to use in their homes and for their livelihoods.
$10.00 will buy a family a solar lightbulb.
Project 2: Play for Light in South America
Families in resource poor communities live without access to electricity and use harmful kerosene or candles to light their homes. These alternatives kill 1.6 million people per year and cost families up to 30% of their incomes.
The Solution: The SOCCKET is both an eco-friendly generator and a soccer ball. It captures the natural energy of game play and stores it for later. Thirty minutes of play provides families with three hours of LED light to read, study, or illuminate the home. This innovative tool improves the lives of children by providing a sustainable, portable, and fun source of energy, facilitate learning and promoting healthy mental and physical development.
$50.00 will provide children with SOCCKET kits including: 1 SOCCKET, 1 lamp, and 1 lamp stand. Each kit can improve the quality of life for a family of 5.
Project 3: Light = Life in Uganda
Without reliable electricity, maternity and surgical care is compromised at hospitals and clinics in Africa, our focus will be on Uganda. Nighttime deliveries are attended in near darkness, cesarean sections are conducted by flashlight, and critically ill patients wait hours or days for life-saving procedures.
The Solution: The WE CARE Solar Suitcase brings lights, power and hope to health facilities in regions without reliable electricity. It is an economical, easy- to-use portable power unit that provides health workers with highly efficient medical lighting and power for mobile communication, computers and medical devices to help save lives of mothers and babies. Music for Relief and Power the World are funding WE CARE Solar Suitcases for health facilities in Uganda. $1500 will buy an entire solar suitcase!
WHAT YOU GET:
There are so many great perks available at all levels that help to support this organization from $5 to $500. Including tickets and actual meet n greets with Linkin Park at shows in South America and South Africa.** PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL BE ADDED TO THE BANDS GUEST LIST FOR THESE SHOWS, BRING ID. YOU WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL AND DETAILS REGARDING THE MEET N GREET **
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
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Music for Relief was founded by the band Linkin Park after the Indian Ocean tsunami struck South Asia in 2004 to aid survivors of natural disasters. In 2006 we expanded the scope of Music for Relief to include environmental restoration and protection as a means of disaster risk mitigation.
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 $5 million for victims of multiple disasters across four continents including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, hurricane Katrina, China’s Wenchuan earthquake, a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2011 earthquake & tsunami in Japan. Music for Relief also supports environmental programs as a means of disaster risk mitigation including the planting of over 1 million trees to help reduce global warming. The organization was recently recognized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for the Download to Donate program to raise funds and awareness in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. For more information visit www.musicforrelief.org.