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Music for Relief

There’s not a lot you can do to quickly solve big problems. They often require little solutions — lots of them.

Such is the case with the recent floods in Pakistan. Massive monsoons have led to floods that are covering one-fifth of Pakistan, land that regularly hosts about 10 million people. That’s a lot of people. By most accounts, these are the worst floods in 80 years. That’s a long time. All that extra water leads to a whole lot less clean, drinkable, uncontaminated H2O — which leads to disease and death. It’s a big disaster, no doubt about it.

And yet, financial support for these victims has lagged behind recent, high-profile relief efforts aimed at victims of earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis. Whatever the reason for this slow response, it’s clear that this crisis won’t be solved by a few big humanitarian organizations or a handful of committed nations. While the U.S. government kicked off the effort with $200 million in aid, it’s going to take a lot of smaller initiatives to get the level of response up to where it needs to be.

These smaller efforts are starting to add up. The Canadian government is impressively matching its citizens’ donations. (A fabulous idea that the U.S. should adopt!) Iran has reportedly delivered 500 tons of supplies. Everyday people are starting their own grassroots aid groups. Everyone’s helping, even Pakistan’s bitter rival India. But there’s a lot more that needs doing.

We wanted to take a few minutes out of our day to salute a group that is doing its part. Music for Relief, a grassroots effort led by musicians, music industry professionals, and dedicated fans is collecting donations with the goal of reaching and serving 560,000 survivors. They’ve made great progress already, but they still need one very important person to participate. You.

Consider making a small donation. Or, pass the word along to other people and ask them to do a little bit, too.

More about Pakistan on Ning Networks:

5 Shocking Facts About The Pakistan Floods on Nerd Fighters.

How Can Overseas Pakistanis Help in Post-Floods Reconstruction? on PakAlumni Worldwide.

Disastrous Flood in Pakistan – Dropping of the Indo-Australian Plate? on Earth Changes and the Pole Shift.

Climate of the World Is Changing on the Earth Day Network.