The Ministry of Brony: Sessions One Charity Album

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As announced earlier this week, Fillydelphia Radio’s Ministry of Brony: Sessions One charity album has been released this Saturday—a release that also marks the launch of the associated fundraiser.

To obtain the album, all you have to do is donate an amount of your choosing to the Ministry of Brony fundraiser. On the thank you page, you will obtain a secret link to the album, which you can download as archive of FLAC, MP3, and OGG files.

Click to go to the Ministry of Brony fundraiser page!

The album Ministry of Brony: Sessions One is a DJ mix compilation of fifty-four minutes of house, trance, and electro music mixed by Waranto Wingbeats. It features twelve tracks of awesome, pumping music from the community, a homage to the popular Ministry of Sound releases. Below, you can find the track list, further below a preview of the album.

  1. Sym-Pony – Hope
  2. Evdog – For Andrea
  3. Captivated – I Like You (Afrox Remix)
  4. DJ Alez Android – A True Rarity
  5. DJ TACTM – Benedict Cumberpickle
  6. Faren – Alteration
  7. DitzyRhythm – Standalone Client (Original Mix)
  8. Sonic Rainboom – Somnambulent
  9. Azerty – Tree Of Harmony
  10. Metapony – Torn
  11. MrMehster – Tease and Sieze
  12. Baradoros – Chaos Cannon

The altruistic cause of the fundraiser is a support project for the nonprofit Child Need Africa, which runs the medical clinic in Uganda that we all have helped to fund in 2012. In order to keep up the level of life-saving medical service that they’ve been providing to the impoverished region, they need a strong and sustainable source of income for the clinic, one that will be independent of donations in the long term.

The first step to achieving this is for Child Need Africa to buy and renovate a house near the capital, so that the complete revenue from the rents can help pay for essential supplies for the clinic, especially the medication. All details of the project can be found on Your Siblings’ Permanent Income for the Clinic project page.

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Release Event of Ministry of Brony: Sessions One Charity Album

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We are proud to announce that Fillydelphia Radio has compiled the charity album Ministry of Brony: Sessions One to benefit the support project for Child Need Africa’s medical clinic in Uganda.

This Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 8 p.m. EDT (midnight UTC), they will launch the fundraiser and premiere the album live on Fillydelphia Radio!

The album Ministry of Brony: Sessions One is a DJ mix compilation of fifty-four minutes of house, trance, and electro music mixed by Waranto Wingbeats. It features twelve tracks of awesome, pumping music from the community, a homage to the popular Ministry of Sound releases. You’ll be able to download it as archive of FLAC, MP3, AAC, and OGG files, including the twelve split tracks and a full-length mix.

The cause is a support project for the nonprofit Child Need Africa, which runs the medical clinic in Uganda that we all have helped to fund in 2012. In order to keep up the level of life-saving medical service that they’ve been providing to the impoverished region, they need a strong and sustainable source of income for the clinic, one that will be independent of donations in the long term.

The first step to achieving this is for Child Need Africa to buy and renovate a house near the capital, so that the complete revenue from the rents can help pay for essential supplies for the clinic, especially the medication. All details of the project can be found on Your Siblings’ Permanent Income for the Clinic project page.

Charity Chitchat with Natasha Levinger and Amy Keating Rogers

Whatcha doin’?

Maybe rewatching “Pinkie Apple Pie” or “Pinkie Pride”?

Good choice! If you have any questions for the authors of these episodes—Natasha Levinger and Amy Keating Rogers—then tune in

February 22 at 4 p.m. EST (9 p.m. UTC) on events.yoursiblings.org!

Charity Chitchat is an interview livestream that we’ve put together so that you can meet these two esteemed writers while they meet on air as well. You’ll be able to listen to their writers’ lore and even ask questions for them in the chat!

But of course we have ulterior motives: The next phase of our Seeds of Kindness fundraiser will be in support of a Your Siblings project by the nonprofit Child Need Africa who are running the medical clinic in Uganda that we all have helped to fund in 2012. The site of the clinic was chosen because that region of the Rubirizi District is one of several especially impoverished parts of the country and also one with particularly bad access to medical services. There, the nonprofit aims to provide free healthcare to those who would otherwise not be able to afford it.

Over more than half a year that the clinic has been in operation and helped countless people who were suffering from malaria, worm infections, STDs, and other diseases, and provided medical education in secluded parts of the region, it showed that the medical situation was even more dire than the physician in charge had estimated. In order to keep up the level of service that they’ve been providing, they’ll need a strong and sustainable source of income for the clinic, one that will be independent of donations in the long term.

The first step to achieving this is by tapping into the flourishing real estate market in and around Kampala. Child Need Africa wants to buy and renovate a house there, so that the complete revenue from the rents can benefit the operation of the clinic. All the details of the project can be found on the Your Siblings website on their “Permanent Income for the Clinic” project page and in their latest blog post.

So tune in on February 22 for this premiere! Unlike with our previous streams, we will not interview our guests consecutively: After an intro of approximately half an hour both will be with us live in Ponyville Live’s virtual studio!

Call for Submissions: Ministry of Brony Charity Album

First a word of caution: This is not “Minibro”—it’s not grim and ominous like 1984; neither is it silly enough to be a Monty Python reference: The title “Ministry of Brony” is an allusion to the club and record label Ministry of Sound.

In that terpsichorean spirit, Fillydelphia Radio has teamed up with Bronies for Good to launch a quest for the best original house, techno, and trance music to fill an album of approximately 160 minutes, possibly more.

Submissions are accepted till February 28, 2014, so that the album can be released March 15, 2014! All further details for the musicians can be found on My Little Remix.

Our Bronies for Good side of the bargain is that the proceeds from the album will benefit the same causes that the Seeds of Kindness fundraisers support. At the moment we’re fundraising for the Green Life’s Green Village project in Burundi.

In the region around Gitega, many children are without a home and often have to steal to survive. Green Life has been established to save these children’s lives and grant them a new future. In the Green Village smaller street children can obtain a basic education that will enable them to later visit a regular school; older street children can learn crafts such as welding and pottery, and various agricultural skills; and all of them can find the safety of a new family. All the while, the nonprofit tries to reunite children with their families when they have one and to solve the domestic problems that caused them to flee.

When that project is completed, we are planning to move on to one that will cement the sustainability of the medical clinic we funded with the first Seeds of Kindness fundraiser. In order to be able to hold more life-saving medicine in stock, the physician and chair or the nonprofit Childneed Africa, wants to establish a source of additional income for the clinic. We’ll keep you posted!

If you want to learn more about these projects, then have a look at the report that Your Siblings has published.

Top 50 Pony Music Countdown 2013 Charity Event

Top 50 Pony Music Countdown 2013 Charity Event
For months, Fillydelphia Radio and Ponyville Live have been planning and posting and counting so you can enjoy a countdown of the top 50 songs of 2013 as voted on by the community. According to this Google Form, the event will take place next Tuesday, December 31, 2013 between 1 and 7 p.m. EST. For the viewer page and for confirmation on the date, please watch the websites of Ponyville Live and Fillydelphia Radio for updates.

The event, however, is neither self-adulation of the fandom nor a mere end in itself: Giveaways will be linked to donations to the Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraiser. After you have already allowed Green Life to invest €10,422 into extending their agricultural program to various kinds of vegetables that will serve to keep the street children in their care healthy and well nourished, they now need €8,634 to build a stable and buy a dairy cow.

In both cases Green Life expects a surplus of produce that they can sell to earn additional money for school fees and medical care for the children. All the while the children have an opportunity to acquire valuable skills in agriculture and the keeping of animals, in addition, that is, to the education Green Life already provides to those who can’t yet attend a regular school.

So donate right away but also tune in on December 31 to get the scoop on the top 50 songs of the year—and to donate again of course. Note that there’s a little spoiler below the break.

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Charity Double Premiere: Dash of Christmas and A Princess Carol

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The double premiere of the year is here: All throughout 2013 and longer, Bronystate and Brony Radio have each collaborated with many talented artists, singers, and voice actors on their respective projects, the radio plays Dash of Christmas and A Princess Carol!

Both will premiere in parallel on Sunday, December 22, at 12:30 p.m. EST on the Your Siblings events page, Ponyville Live, and Celestia Radio!

Dash of Christmas

This Sunday, we bring you a touching tale of a mare working her way around work and weather to make a young filly’s Christmas the best one ever. After three months of brutal work comes Dash of Christmas, featuring the voices of PKEmi, Anne Chloe, Mary Medley, Missy Angel and DJ Calcos! Written by Bronystate members Reikm and Sylandest, Art by Reikm and Tesuai, and created by Scoot-Scootaloo!

A Princess Carol

This Sunday, we bring you a pony take on an old Christmas classic with multiple carols, penned by the talented John Perry, inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and featuring the voices of Hannah as Luna, Memj0123 as Celestia and Spike, Meredith Sims as Twilight, ProjectSNT as Pinkie Pie, Adrienne as Fluttershy, Rev as Coltroy, Deftfunk as the town crier, Mochi as Mayor Mayor and Zecora, and Sleepypony as narrator. Join us as we travel on a journey with Princess Luna: Will she see the true meaning of Hearth’s Warming before it’s too late?

On the charity side, every viewer and listener is held to donate as much as they see fit in view of these wonderful plays to the Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraiser, which will also be linked on the viewer pages. You will thereby contribute to the extension of the Green Village project in Burundi, which provides not only a home for street children but through practical education also a stepping stone for them into a new self-determined future.

Nurse Redheart’s Reboot

This September, we held our third Nurse Redheart’s Roundup blood drive, which resulted in the donation of approximately 5.95 liters in lifesaving blood.

Traditionally, we’ve held Nurse Redheart’s Roundup every September, and it’s always been a success. Even though we’ve had a few incentives to offer, it has always been out of the goodness of their hearts that folks have turned up and given their time and blood for the betterment of others.

However, we’ve noticed that our current model of focusing on a specific month can be somewhat limiting. For starters, regular blood donors need approximately six to eight weeks to recuperate after each donation, and many of them are unable to participate in the Roundup due to timing. Also, the needs of local blood donation centers vary, and a September-only blood drive can’t factor in the specific needs and shortages of local communities. Last but not least, meetup groups don’t always have time to organize September gatherings that could facilitate collective blood donation efforts.

In light of these and other considerations, we’ve decided to make a change. Nurse Redheart’s Roundup is becoming an ongoing effort. To facilitate that, we are putting a dedicated page up on the Bronies for Good website. On it you will find information on donation procedures, and resources to help put you in touch with blood drives and facilities near you.

What We Need from You

Nurse Redheart’s Roundup relies on the communication we receive from those of you who are so very generous with your blood. If you donate blood and want it to be counted as part of the Roundup, please start by visiting our Nurse Redheart’s Roundup page, and fill out the form there. Please remember to link to a scan or photo of your receipt, which you can upload to Dropbox, Imgur, or any number of similar services.

The tally will be automatically updated on our webpage every five minutes, so if you don’t see the tally change immediately after you’ve made your submission, please give it a moment.

Fabulous Prizes

We will still have a prize giveaway in the month of September, but instead of taking into account only participants from that month, all donors who complete submissions through our website at any point in the year will be eligible for prizes come September.

We will also be organizing more pledge drives than ever at future conventions. To aid in this particular effort and other Roundup-related projects, we would like to quickly introduce you all to Radtech Redheart, who has been kind enough to climb aboard to devote her time and energy to helping organize the effort, and to help transition Nurse Redheart’s Roundup into its new and exciting model:

Radtech Redheart here, and shall I say thrilled to be invited to join the team behind Redheart’s Roundup. I am looking forward to working to make this the most successful year ever for the Roundup. With international and domestic disasters happening at an alarming rate, giving of ourselves (more specifically of our blood) can make more of a difference now than ever. We must join together to be strong and help those in need. I look forward to updating you as we go through this next year.

Thank you all for having supported Nurse Redheart’s Roundup so far. We hope we can count on your ongoing support as we move into the future.

Gaming for Good Livestream: Final Reminder

About a week ago we announced our eight-hour charity gaming livestream Gaming for Good. This is a final reminder in case you missed the post!

You are invited to join us on November 16 at noon EST on events.yoursiblings.org where repesentatives of Bronies for Good, Derpy News, and Equestria Daily, as well as Emily Jones, and Dpad Pony will be playing Team Fortress 2 (competitive hat simulator), DoTA 2, League of Legends, Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition, Skull Girls, Papers Please, and much more—all benefiting the Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraising initiative!

With a little luck you may even be able to jump in on a few rounds, or you may win steam games, pony swag, and more!

We’ll also be interviewing the development teams of both Legends of Equestria and Mane 6 to bring us the latest on their respective projects!

We look forward to seeing you all there for a big collaborative push for humanitarian projects for sustainable development in Uganda and Burundi!

Gaming for Good: A Brony Gaming Livestream Fundraiser

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1. Gaming for Good

What do you get when you assemble an eight-hour palette of exciting and potentially rage-inducing video games, prize giveaways, and a fluffy altruistic cause? A splendiferous, pony-infused, video game–themed fundraising event of course!

Bronies for Good, in tandem with intrepid folks from Derpy News and Equestria Daily, as well as Everfree Network’s podcast hosts Emily Jones and Dpad Pony are excited to bring you Gaming for Good! A Brony video games–themed charity fundraising event benefiting the Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraising initiative!

Come join us November 16, noon EST on events.yoursiblings.org with our show hosts, featured guests, and cadre as we delve headlong into your favorite competitive video games! We’ll be playing Team Fortress 2 (competitive hat simulator), DoTA 2, League of Legends, Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition, Skull Girls, Papers Please, and much more!

Play your cards right and generously, and you’ll even be able to jump in on a few rounds as the bullets start flying and frustration keeps mounting, not to mention getting your chance to win steam games, pony swag, and more!

We’ll also be interviewing the development teams from both Legends of Equestria and Mane 6 to bring us the latest on their respective projects!

Be sure to bookmark events.yoursiblings.org to join the fun on November 16 at noon EST!

We look forward to seeing you all there while helping us ensure the advancement of ongoing humanitarian projects for sustainable development in Uganda and Burundi!

2. Release of “Under The Moon”

We are also pleased to announce the release of an updated and remastered version of “Under the Moon,” a bluesy orchestral ballad featured on our fourth and most recent charity album, A Beautiful Heart. “Under the Moon” features the musical talents of Sprocket and Feather, and poses the question: What if the princess had sung a soliloquy during “Luna Eclipsed”?

The Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraising drive is an ongoing effort that has been in the works since August of this year. We have raised more than €25,000 for the Safe Project orphanage in Uganda and the Green Village for street children in Burundi. As a direct result, the scores of children in the care of the orphanage were able to move into their new building a few weeks ago. Everypony who donates to this drive receives a complimentary download of A Beautiful Heart as well as the other three charity albums. (Those who have already donated can also download the updated version of “Under the Moon.”)

A Beautiful Heart is our fourth album. It is the culmination of months of work from many talented musical artists throughout the fandom. Featuring 38 tracks, more than two hours of music, several ambitious collaborations, and music from both popular artists throughout the fandom and up-and-coming musicians alike, A Beautiful Heart is a testament to the generosity and spirit of altruism running strong in the brony music scene today. It’s our pleasure to share it with you now. Keep an eye out for contributions from artists such as EileMonty, MEMJ, Forest Rain, Feather, Makkon, Carbon Maestro, Seventh Element, MC Flowny, and many more.

Listen to it after the break!

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News from Clinic, Orphanage, and Green Village

The latest report from Your Siblings shows what we have achieved so far:

  1. Seeds of Kindness 1 and 2 funded the Safe Project orphanage of Another Hope in Uganda, who just moved into their new building.
  2. Seeds of Kindness 1 funded a medical clinic in Uganda that has already made a difference hundreds of people’s lives.
  3. Seeds of Kindness 1 also funded the Green Village in Burundi, which has been able to accept more street children in, and has been able to reunite others with their families.

Now it is upon us again—this community—to show that we have not lost what it takes to turn a fundraiser into a resounding success.

Donate to Seeds of Kindness 3 to fund a major extension of the Green Village for street children!

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This has been another successful year, especially for the projects. Another Hope has moved into their new orphanage building, Child Need Africa’s clinic is running and they are treating patients, and Green Life has been able to accepted more children into their care while reuniting others with their families!

The Another Hope Orphanage

Last week, Aisha, the little girl who has been in the care of the Another Hope orphanage since her parents deserted her in 2011, moved into her new orphanage building, the building that you, our donors and supporters, have funded. Now that they have their own building, Another Hope will no longer have to pay rent for her and her scores of friends who are in the care of the orphanage, money that can now go toward school fees.

In the last week before the move the organization applied a few finishing touches to the interior, mostly painting and cleaning, and installed their solar energy system, which provides electricity, for example, for lighting. You can find all the latest photos on the project gallery.

Next, they’ll build another smaller house next to the orphanage, a house that will serve as a guest house where volunteers can sleep, saving the organization expenses for lodging, and where also paying tourist can stay and thereby provide for the children through their fees. They are already in contact with local tourism companies to arrange such deals.

The Medical Clinic

The Ugandan clinic that we funded has been running smoothly for several months now. As we already indicated in our report earlier this year, Mawanda and his team will also need a side project like Another Hope’s guest house to generate enough income to hold a wide array of medicine in stock. Even without this supporting project, however, they already provided 150 families with medicine or medical assistance at the clinic, tested over 200 people for HIV, among them 50 positive cases, and educated people and administered deworming medicine in the course of their outreach program.

The Green Village for Street Children

Green Life has been caring for children for many years, but our funding of the Green Village allowed them to accept more children into their care. Before they come to the Green Village, however, these children live in groups in the streets of the city and tend to be very suspicious of adults who profess to wanting to help them. Green Life has been working hard to win the trust of these children to expand their program. At the same time they are trying to find out whether the children still have relatives, and if so, whether the conflicts that drove them to escape have been resolved or can be resolved with a little extra help. The objective is always to enable the children to grow up to becoming independent adults who can not only lead self-determined lives but can also help other children from the street follow their example.

When they built the Green Village last year, three children were in their care, Mugisha, Abdoul, and Aboubakar. Years earlier, when Mugisha’s father died, he chose the street over his increasingly unsanitary home. Green Life has since helped him and his mother to resolve this problem and allow then to live together again. He missed her a lot after years of living on the street. They are very poor, however, so the organization continues to monitor their situation closely. Most recently, the reunited family decided to build a house for themselves, and Green Life suggested that they also acquire a goat as they would need the manure of their field, their primary source of income.

Abdoul is the one child of the three who continues to live in the Green Village. His educational level is still too low for a normal school, so they will continue to school him until they can admit him to a place where he can get his primary school education. In the meantime, he helps with taking care of the animals in the Village.

Aboubakar also fled his home when his father died and his mother was no longer able to take care of him or provide for his education. Green Life managed to mediate between him and his mother, and found that she had remarried and that his stepfather welcomed him back home. They succeeded in reuniting the family. He had gone to primary school prior to the death of his biological father and has now returned to secondary school.

Since then, five new children have entered the care of the Green Village, so that they are currently looking after six children including Abdoul. Prospère is the oldest of them. He is in secondary school and helps in supervising the younger children. Claude, on the other hand, is only six years old and can’t properly explain where he comes from and what the situation of his family was. He is also still too young to start school, so their first objective is to find out all they can about his origins. Richard and Noel are orphans who Green Life readmitted to primary school. The same is true for the sixth child, Estache.

Their expenses for their care are paid from several sources of income, the most reliable of which are their farming projects including the eggs they sell. Honey is also an important source of income but has proved to be less reliable. Currently, they’re preparing their vegetable and crop farming for the rainy season. All these are activities that the children can take part in to acquire practical experience and knowledge, but Green Life also teaches them reading and drawing.