Musicians Hopeton and Willie Lindo, inspired by loyalty to their Jamaican homeland and by the devastating earthquake in Haiti, sat down last year to write some notes and lyrics, and the result was a love song to people everywhere who are in need. They titled their work We’ll Always Be There, and offered the finished piece to Food For The Poor as a gift.
“Helping the less fortunate gives me a great sense of purpose,” said Hopeton Lindo. “I consider it an honor to be part of the Food For The Poor mission.”
The song says, in part: “I see your troubles, I feel your pain...It doesn’t matter how long, we’ll always be there…I hear your call, it won’t be in vain…We’re here to lift you up and carry you through.” Meaning it to be broad enough for any struggling person or country, the lyrics continue: “Struggles and disasters, no matter where you are….When all the cameras are gone, even when it’s tough to just hold on. We won’t stop ‘til it’s done…We’ll always be there.” To listen to the song, go to Food For The Poor's SoundCloud profile.
“We’ll Always Be There” was used for the first time in a video produced by the organization for its Jan. 12 anniversary of the earthquake. The video can be viewed on YouTube. The charity will continue to use the song in other ways to bridge the gap between the needy and those who have a heart for those who are hurting.
“When Hopeton called to tell us he and his friends had written and performed a song for us, we were tremendously touched,” said Robin Mahfood, President/CEO of Food For The Poor. “We are grateful to each and every entertainer involved, for they truly have given a blessing to the destitute, those devastated by natural disasters and those who believe they might have been forgotten by the rest of the world. God has not forgotten them, and it is our job to show them His love, through all the tools we have, including music.”
The song was written by Hopeton Lindo and Willie Lindo, from HeavyBeat Records. Musicians on the track are Robbie Shakespeare, Robbie Lyn, Paul Douglas, Willie Lindo, Tony Green and Nambo Robinson. Singers are Stevie Face, J.C Lodge, Esther Fortune, Dobby Dobson, Glen Washington, Ambelique, Nikesha Lindo, Hopeton Lindo, Lloyd Brown, Peter Gee, Sharon Forrester, Barry Biggs, Desi Roots, The Melodians, Kasief Lindo, and Danielle Pyton.
Willie wrote a note expressing his feelings about creating the song: “I have always been very passionate about helping people in need. We all know that when the cameras leave during or after any catastrophe, in most cases that does not mean the work is done. That is where the inspiration came from for the song We’ll Always Be There. To know that I am in collaboration with Food For The Poor gives me a great sense of comfort.” He signed it, “One love, Willie Lindo.”
Food For The Poor, the third-largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian agency provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.foodforthepoor.org.
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