“Who am I to be blind, pretending not to see their needs?” – Michael Jackson, Man in the Mirror

Michael Jackson’s Heal The World Foundation (HTWF)

The ‘Heal The World Foundation’ was founded by Michael Jackson in 1992 as a charitable organisation which would aid children and the environment. Its goals included providing medicine for children and fighting world hunger, drug and alcohol abuse, and child abuse. The HTWF worked with established local and national organisations in order to share expertise and existing infrastructure in delivering needed services to disadvantaged children.

‘Heal L.A.’ was launched at the Super Bowl XXVII with the collaboration of ‘Heal the World’, ‘The National Football League’, ‘Frito Lay’, ‘The International Youth Foundation’, and ‘Hilton Foundation/BEST Foundation’. ‘Heal L.A.’, a collaborative children’s initiative, produced 3,000 mentoring relationships, immunisations for 7,000 children and drug prevention education for more than 72,000 youth.

‘Heal the World’ provided support for dozens of children’s programs in 20 countries. The charity joined with ‘AmeriCares’ to ship 47 tons of food, clothing and medical supplies to children of war-torn Sarajevo; partnered with the ‘Gorbachev Foundation, USA’ to deliver 60,000 doses of children’s vaccines to the Republic of Georgia, and twice assisted the U.K. based ‘Operation Christmas Child’ to airlift supplies and gifts collected by children in the U.K. to give to children in Bosnia.

‘Heal the World’ along with Former President Jimmy Carter, ‘Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’ , ‘Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities’, ‘Gladys Knight and TLC’ joined together to help The Atlanta Project increase the local immunization rate in a single week from the expected 6,000 to more than 17,000 and to establish a follow-up tracking system for family health care.

‘Heal L.A.’ in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School district, California State University, Independent Colleges of Southern California, ‘Learnstar’ and other local non-profit organisations created the ‘Community School/Safe Haven Initiative’ to provide after-school educational opportunities at two pilot sites where over 300 students per day could have computer instruction, tutoring, homework assistance, math lab, English as a second language and performing arts.

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