The Sonic Peacemakers
Greetings Dear Friends and Supporters,
I'm heading to back to Japan in the last week of May to deliver funds and check on the relief efforts we've been supporting with our partners Global Giving and EMPACT Northwest. I'll be traveling six hours north of Tokyo to Ishinomaki with a group of Japanese students I've been working with since the disaster who have been delivering food, water, hygiene items, household items and medical supplies to shelters and providing manpower to the cleanup efforts. I'll send a detailed update with photos in early June.
In Haiti, we're providing financial assistance to the efforts of EMAPCT Northwest to bring in medical volunteers to work with the only trauma ambulance service in Port-au-Prince.
In Pakistan, our flood relief efforts have transitioned into the long term phase with our continued support of pediatric health facilities in Shikarpur, Sindh (Civil Hospital Pediatric Ward), Charsadda, KPK (The new Ashraf Medical Complex Pediatric Health Center) and Swat, KPK (The new Bagh Deri Hospital). We are committed to helping these facilities achieve self sustainability while helping the community recover from the disaster, especially the most adversely affected children such a Shabana, an adorable six year old girl whose surgery on severe burn scars is scheduled for May 23 at Shifa International Hospital. She'll be out of the hospital just in time to move into the new home we're building for her and her fifteen family members who lost their old home in the flood. We are collaborating with NCHD to provide basic health camps to flood affected villages in Thatta, Sindh.
In Chikar, Azad Kashmir, we've struggled to get the majority of the community to financially contribute a nominal monthly fee to our community health insurance initiative, so we're bringing in new partners, new ideas, new facilities and new capabilities to nudge the people of the area towards understanding the necessity of supporting their local government health facility so it can run as an effective public/private partnership for generations and not remain totally dependent on outside charitable contributions. Our new data management / paperless patient records / telemedicine project is going operational this month in Charsadda and Chikar with technical support and guidance from our partners UM Healthcare. Our 2010 financial audit is underway (a bit late in getting started due to our focus on the flood mission) and we are confident in the same successful result as the independent audits of each of the previous four years we've been in operation as a registered non-profit social welfare society.
I am grateful for your generous support of the above missions. I humbly request you to take a moment to read the information below, enjoy the videos and consider supporting another very important initiative that will be aimed at using musical collaborations to show Americans the wonderful people of Pakistan I've come to know in over five years of service to Pakistan. The overwhelming majority of Pakistani are rarely ever seen or represented in the western media, including 80 million innocent children who were either toddlers, infants or not even born yet on 9/11. They represent almost half of Pakistan's population and they need all of us to remember them. Sonic Peacemakers hopes you will join us in bringing them music, happiness, peace, love, compassion, health, education and opportunity. They are Pakistan's future and a part of our collective destiny. We can ensure that destiny is a bright one as we move beyond borders and eventually bring Sonic Peacemakers to all nations, opening up hearts and minds through the power of music and shared humanity.
CDRS (Comprehensive Disaster Response Services), Shine Humanity and Sonic Peacemakers
SONIC PEACEMAKERS APPEAL
When the Pakistan Flood Disaster began last summer, The Sonic Peacemakers "Peace Through Music" project was put on hold. The relief efforts kept co-founders Todd Shea and Lanny Cordola busy for months, with Todd leading the disaster response of CDRS / SHINE HUMANITY and Lanny visiting Pakistan twice to help deliver supplies, compassion, smiles, music and gifts for children with fellow Sonic Peacemakers Atif Aslam and Noori.
Though we were able to produce several videos and teasers in 2010 (listed below), we need new funding to finish a documentary film and the first album, a collection of songs entitled "The Dreamer Awakes" with Atif Aslam and other prominent Pakistani musicians, ex-members of Guns 'n' Roses, The Beach Boys and other renowned western musicians. This epic collaboration is inspired by the works of Karachi-based poet Beo Rana Zafar and hopes to give a voice to the poverty stricken children of Pakistan.
The first Sonic Peacemakers documentary film will highlight Lanny Cordola's amazing journeys to Pakistan, where he creates music with awesome and diverse musicians and artists, tours disaster affected areas, experiences Pakistan's amazing cultural richness, meets with everyday people in remote villages and big cities, and discovers the wonderful people of Pakistan who are too often unseen and misunderstood by the outside world. And perhaps most importantly, Lanny and Sonic Peacemakers will show the world Pakistan's warm, friendly, loving, inquisitive, beautiful and brilliant children who are Pakistan's hope and future.
Sonic Peacemakers future plans include produce recordings and concerts in an ongoing series of musical collaborations, starting with Pakistani and American musicians and eventually bringing together musicians from other countries to build bridges of peace, erase misconceptions and support health, education and development projects that help families and children who need them most.
This spiritual, social and musical initiative has the potential to transform hate into love and darkness into light, ignorance into empowerment. There is so much we can accomplish together by making this project a reality.
To make a tax-deductible contribution to Sonic Peacemakers, please visit:
Or send a check made out to Sonic Peacemakers to:
Britt Lake, Global Giving, 1023 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20005
Thanks for your time, we hope you’ll join us as a Sonic Peacemakers Ambassador!
In Love and Light,
1) Glimpses of "The Dreamer Awakes" An Upcoming Sonic Peacemakers Project Featuring Pakistani and American musicians, including Atif Aslam & ex-members of Guns 'n' Roses
2) Pakistan (I Have A Dream) Atif Aslam and Lanny Cordola
3) We Will Rise Again - A Tribute to Pakistan's Flood Victims (Atif Aslam, Lanny Cordola and Todd Shea) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UpjTiIeBsg
4) Lanny Cordola Interview about Sonic Peacemakers at NAMM Show in Los Angeles
5) Clips of Sonic Peacemakers Live Concert In Islamabad (Noori, Atif Aslam, Todd Shea)
6) Dil Dil Pakistan Live - Atif Aslam & Todd Shea
Matt Sorum of GnR with Lanny Cordola and Todd Shea
Todd Shea with Pakistan's Future
Gilby, Matt, Atif, Sarmad, Lanny & Sameer