Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda stars in a new video created by the band's Music For Relief charitable organization, in which he travels to Haiti and surveys the work that is being done with Music For Relief's help. Shinoda traveled to the island nation in January to mark the three-year anniversary of the deadly Port-au-Prince earthquake, and it's clear from the footage that the city and country are not yet back on their feet.
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington told us a while back that the band originally began Music For Relief to aid with rebuilding in Southeast Asia after the 2004 tsunami: "You know, we started Music For Relief, you know, after some pretty horrible natural disasters occurred and we felt that we were in a position where we could actually do something. I think that it's important to raise awareness."
- In one segment, Shinoda travels to the Cholera Treatment Center in Carrefour, Haiti, where he explains, "Hurricane Sandy wasn't just a storm that affected the United States. It hit here and the damage from Hurricane Sandy increased the spread of cholera."
- Cholera, already a problem after the earthquake, became an epidemic after Sandy, and Music For Relief has teamed with a local organization to help treat those suffering from the disease.
- Shinoda also visits the Sustainable Recycling Solutions business that Music for Relief helped launch in Haiti, which has processed over three-and-a-half million pounds of plastic since opening a year and a half ago and has brought jobs and $500,000 to the Haitian economy.
- The singer says the business is "not a charity and it's providing people with real jobs and a real income. It's sustainable and it's scalable."
- Linkin Park's latest album, Living Things, came out last year. The band played its only North American concert of 2013 on February 16th at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
CHECK IT OUT: To learn more about Linkin Park and Music for Relief's efforts in Haiti and how you can help out, visit www.musicforrelief.org
WATCH: See Mike Shinoda's visit to Haiti:
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