BENEFITING: International Rescue Committee
\\\Senior Project of Emmett Lucas, from Nathan Hale High School///
Today, nearly one in one hundred people have been forcibly displaced from their homes because of violence. The Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya is the country’s third-largest city, and 13.5 million people in Syria alone (half of whom are children) are in need of humanitarian assistance due to the ongoing war.
These refugees, as well as the rest of over 65 million other displaced people from countries all around the world, cannot go home because they face violent persecution, war, famine, or a variety of other wholly unlivable conditions. Refugees have chosen an uncertain future over certain death or danger, and their suffering cannot be ignored. In an era of an apparent fear of immigrants by the US government and the worldwide refugee count on the rise, these people need more help than ever.
I'm putting together this benefit concert because I've been inspired by the immense strength, resilience, and altruism of many, and horrified at what they've been put through. I've wanted to do something for this cause for a long time, and music is the best way I know how. I want us as a community to make a statement that we are willing to support and welcome these strangers, and put simply, to show that we CARE.
However, if you can't make it to the event, a charitable donation makes just as much of an impact.
Please share this with your friends, family, coworkers, etc. More people equals a bigger statement and more funds raised to make the world a better place!
Proceeds go to the International Rescue Committee, which is one of the top-rated charity organizations dedicated to refugee aid. Its mission is "to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future." The IRC helps to "restore health, safety, education, and economic well-being to those devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities."