What’s it like to grow up in a war zone? Many of us can’t answer that question, since it’s just out of our imagination which consequences war would have on the body and souls of our fragile children.
Honoring the six month anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeastern coast of Japan, Linkin Park visits children affected by the disaster in Ishinomaki, accompanied by international children’s agency Save the Children.
Within days following the disaster, Linkin Park launched a massive fundraising campaign through Music for Relief, with all proceeds going to Save the Children’s relief and recovery efforts in Japan.
Six months later, Linkin Park was on the ground in the north-eastern town of Ishinomaki to witness first-hand how children are coping, and see how Save the Children’s efforts are making a difference in the recovery process.
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WESTPORT, Conn. (September 12, 2011) — Ty Warner, CEO of toy manufacturing giant Ty Inc. travelled to Sendai, Japan — a city devastated by the March earthquake and tsunami — on a visit hosted by international humanitarian organization Save the Children, to see how children are coping six months after the disaster.
In April, Mr. Warner donated $1 million to Save the Children’s relief efforts in Japan. Following the earthquake, Save the Children set up child friendly spaces in evacuation centers, providing children a chance to unwind and play with their friends in a safe environment and helping them recover from the stress and anxiety of the disaster. Save the Children also provided school materials to more than 3,000 children and supported school cafeterias that fed some 20,000 children.
Save the Children plans to support 65 centers in Fukushima, Iwate, and Miyagi prefectures, offering day care services and after-school activities with financial, material and technical assistance.
Mr. Warner created special Beanie Babies® to help relief efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. While in Sendai, Warner visited two gakudos, or after school centers, where he hand delivered HOPE FOR JAPAN™ Beanie Boos™ to children.
“I was deeply moved by the disaster in Japan and plan to visit the Sendai area to meet the children who have endured so much,” said Mr. Warner ahead of his visit. “While tremendous progress has been made in the Miyagi Prefecture, there is still so much to be done. I hope my visits to the area bring ongoing attention to this critical cause and bring joy to the families who have suffered. I am committed to helping this great nation recover and move forward.”
Save the Children has committed to a five-year plan to help children in affected areas return to normal life, support educational opportunities, restore community ties and promote the participation of children in the reconstruction process.
EDIT: Mike talked to 98.7FM about Download to Donate: Tsunami Relief today and said that Linkin Park will contribute an instrumental track called “Issho Ni” which is Japanese for “We’re in this together”. Other artists contributing are Angels & Airwaves, Flyleaf, Plain White T’s, Enrique Iglesias and Sarah Bareilles, more being announced at a later date.
You can listen to the interview HERE.
New blog post on musicforrelief.org:
Music for Relief is proud to support Save the Children’s emergency response in Japan, through our overall program for Japan, Download to Donate: Tsunami Relief. 100% of net proceeds will support Save the Children’s response to help children and families affected by the Earthquake & Tsunami in Japan.
More info to come!
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