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Two years after the earthquake in Haiti, Music for Relief continues to help via Power the World


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It’s been two years since the devastating Haiti earthquake killed 316,000 people, laying waste to a country already suffering from extreme poverty and environmental degradation. The crisis in Haiti continues today. Since the earthquake, Haitians have endured hurricanes, flooding, and a cholera outbreak. Adding to the chaos, a staggering 8 million people live without access to grid electricity, meaning families spend 12 hours every night in complete darkness.

With your help, Music for Relief responded to send aid to Haiti immediately following the disaster in 2010, and our response continued in 2011. All proceeds supported the extraordinary work of our partner organizations on the ground as they delivered food, clean water, medical care, education and tackled the challenges of long-term recovery.
Funds raised through Download to Donate also supported the installation of environmentally friendly LED solar streetlights to protect women and children from violence when walking in the camps at night. Continue reading Two years after the earthquake in Haiti, Music for Relief continues to help via Power the World

Power the World Week Issue #3: IIT students power up children’s laptops in Haiti


Project brings solar energy to country where 95% of schools do not have reliable electricity

When one works in Haiti, one must expect the unexpected, a group of volunteers there recently discovered.

For months, students in an interdisciplinary class at the Illinois Institute of Technology and their teacher, assistant professor Laura Hosman, worked on a plan to provide solar power for Haitian schoolchildren, who have no way to reliably charge batteries for their laptop computers.

Hosman raised $25,000 for the group to travel to Haiti to set up solar panels and charging equipment at two schools. A week before the trip, one of the school principals said he didn’t want his school to participate.

But in the end, everything worked out, Hosman said. The group had just enough time and money to get 500 laptops up and running at one school, in Lascahobas.

With technical assistance from Bruce Baikie, president and CEO of Green Wifi, a California nonprofit that provides solar-powered wireless Internet to developing countries, the class is making Haiti a test case for providing power for laptops worldwide.

The need for solar power is great in Haiti. Ninety-five percent of schools there don’t have a reliable source of electricity, said Hosman, whose class is called Developing Technology to Transform Education Throughout Haiti.

Surprisingly, many students do have laptop computers. In 2008, the Haitian government received a donation of 10,000 laptops, part of the One Laptop Per Child program. An international nonprofit group relied on donors to pay $399 for two low-powered laptops, then donate one or both to schoolchildren in developing countries.

Some of the laptops were distributed in Haiti in 2009, and young people began using them right away. But the earthquake in January 2010 destroyed much of the country’s power grid, leaving laptops in closets, as even larger cities have only sporadic access to electrical power.

“But they have plenty of sun in Haiti,” Hosman said.

To harness that power, Baikie’s design connects inexpensive solar panels to batteries and a charge controller. The result is a direct-current charge for laptop batteries.

“This is what engineers call an elegant solution,” Hosman said. It happens that laptops and other personal electronic devices use direct current, commonly called DC, not the alternating current, or AC, that powers our homes and businesses.

“(Thomas) Edison was a big fan of DC, but, given the cost of a long-distance power grid, AC was a better solution,” Baikie said. “For localized solutions, however, DC is more effective.”

He said he expects the use of solar and wind power to give new life to the use of direct current for certain applications.

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“Power the World” Week – Issue #2: The Rape Epidemic or Hard Lessons for US Midwife in Haiti


Nursing and midwifery students crowd around to observe as midwives help a woman deliver a baby. (Photo: Jenny Asarnow)

Erin Curtiss is a midwife in Seattle. She is 34 years old, has sharp blue eyes and a raunchy sense of humor. She lives with her two young sons and her girlfriend.

Erin, who runs her own home birth business, recently learned of an American nonprofit organization called Midwives for Haiti. She found it on Facebook.

She traveled to a little city called Hinche, in Haiti’s Central Plateau. She came to volunteer at the public hospital, where patients are crammed into long rooms with no electricity, and where the windows and doors are open to the air – and the mosquitoes and flies and lizards that come through.
Back home, Erin only deals with uncomplicated pregnancies, but here, women have extremely high blood pressure, anemia, even cholera. These are the sickest patients she has ever seen, and the hospital staff doesn’t seem to have enough time for anyone.
Erin came here mostly to train midwives, but now that she sees how much needs to get done, she wants to do more. So she makes a generous offer. She’ll work the night shift, when there are fewer midwives on staff.
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As Haiti welcomes a new president, who also happens to be a musician, we started to think about the power of music to bring change to Haiti. Music has long been a source of inspiration to people and can be the perfect motivator to incite action to create a better world.


Linkin Park’s Phoenix Visits Haiti For UN Foundation

The Power of Music to Ignite Hope in Haiti


Dave "Phoenix" Farrell in Camp Corail

Port Au Prince, Haiti — As Haiti welcomes a new president, who also happens to be a musician, we started to think about the power of music to bring change to Haiti. Music has long been a source of inspiration to people and can be the perfect motivator to incite action to create a better world. As a member of a rock band and leader at the United Nations Foundation, we are a unique pair, but our goal is the same. We are committed to helping the United Nations protect Haitian women and girls from violence in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake and we are urging music fans around the world to do the same.
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DOWNLOAD TO DONATE FOR HAITI V2.0


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RECOVERY IN HAITI IS FAR FROM OVER.
DOWNLOAD TO DONATE FOR HAITI V2.0
JANUARY 10, 2011

In response to the January 12, 2010 earthquake MFR compiled previously unreleased songs by A-list artists for release on musicforrelief.org. Supporters who downloaded the songs were asked to donate whatever they could. Funds raisedprovided immediate aid as well as long-term sustainable rebuilding solutions for the people of Haiti.

The new website is online now! Go HERE to donate and download some good music. New tracks will be added monthly!

About Music for Relief

Music For Relief is a grassroots effort comprised of musicians, music industry professionals and fans who believe that together we can create positive change.

BACKGROUND: Established in 2005 to provide aid for those affected by the tsunami tragedy in South Asia, the idea for Music For Relief originated amongst the members of the band Linkin Park who wanted to do something to help the victims. The idea was that if they made a donation, and then asked their musician peers and their fans to make a donation as well, a huge impact could be made in assisting relief efforts. With this in mind, they started reaching out to others in the music community to get involved and became the founders of Music For Relief.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Over $3,500,000 in donations

810,000 trees planted to sequester more than 270,000 tons of CO2

Our programs have helped victims of:

2004 South Asia Tsunami

Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Hannah, Ike & Gustav

Cyclones Nargis in Burma, Sidr, and Aila in Bangladesh

Wildfires in Southern California & Victoria Australia

Typhoons Ketsana, Parma, Morakot and Lupit in Southeast Asia

2010 Haiti Earthquake

Zimbabwe Cholera Outbreak

Tornado in Mena, Arkansas

China’s Wenchuan Earthquake

2009 Earthquakes in the Pacific Islands and Indonesia

Monsoon Flooding in Pakistan

MFR Environmental programs have helped educate artists and fans about how they can reduce their carbon footprint also how climate change impacts weather related disasters.

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