‘The storm is over, but the struggle to rebuild has just begun’. These are the words on the website of Sami Yusuf, the multi-million album selling singer who on Christmas released a new song dedicated to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in a campaign with the United Nations to encourage donations. Yusuf is a British singer and composer labeled by Time magazine as “Islam’s biggest Rock Star” and by The Guardian as “The most famous British Muslim in the World.”
Yusuf gained recognition after the release of his second album, My Ummah, in July 2005. He is involved in humanitarian initiatives, supporting, among others, Islamic Relief and Save the Children.
Entitled ‘Hopes Survives’, the not-for-profit track is the backbone of ‘Live Feed Philippines,’ a campaign in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to encourage donations to support families affected by the most powerful storm to ever hit land.
Available free on his official website (samiyusufofficial.com), Hope Survives is Sami Yusuf’s gift to the millions affected by the typhoon and an invitation to his fans and the public to contribute to the cause through WFP.
“Like everyone, my heart hurts when I think of all those who saw their family, friends and neighbours taken away by this deluge and found themselves with nothing but mourning in despair within just a few hours,” Sami Yusuf said. “This song is my tribute to their courage and a call for global solidarity since we all have the power to do something about it.”
Haiyan ripped through central Philippines on November 8, and left behind it a path of death and destruction.
Since then, the WFP has reached out to survivors with food supplies. “Emergency food assistance remains a top priority. Protecting children from malnutrition is crucial in the weeks and months ahead and WFP will remain alongside families through the early recover process,” said WFP Philippines Country Director Praveen Agrawal. “We hope Sami’s beautiful call will encourage people to donate and help us help families rebuild their lives and livelihoods.”
Donations can be made online at wfp.org/LiveFeedPhilippines. Each $75 donated can give a family nutritious food for a month.