Letter From Neal Keny-Guyer
A Letter From Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO, Mercy Corps
Photo by Steve Harmon for Mercy Corps
People often ask me what they—as good-hearted citizens and caring folks—can do to help ease suffering in the world's most difficult places.
And what I always answer, because it's true whatever your walk of life, is this:
Get educated, and then get active.
To me, these are greatest acts of compassion we can make toward people who are working to overcome near-impossible odds, whether they face oppression, chronic poverty, or the devastation of a natural disaster.
In buying this CD, you are both getting educated and getting active. We Are All Connected offers, through music, a compelling lesson on the struggles of people living in Darfur and at the same time allows you to contribute to the effort to mitigate that suffering.
I want to thank Berklee president Roger Brown and his wife Linda Mason for their leadership on this album. They are longtime friends and supporters both of Sudan—where they served together as aid workers in the 1980s—and of Mercy Corps, where Linda is a member of the board of directors. They have done a phenomenal job of harnessing the creative assets of the entire Berklee community for the benefit of the women of Darfur, and we at Mercy Corps are deeply grateful for their efforts.
Mostly, I want to thank you—the customer-activist—for buying this CD. Not only are you in for some inspiring music, but you are getting educated and getting active on behalf of people who desperately need your support. And that, to my mind, is a wonderful way to heed Gandhi's call to "be the change you wish to see in the world."
CEO, Mercy Corps
For more information about Mercy Corps' work in Darfur and around the world, please visit www.mercycorps.org.