Young Celebrities Help Japan

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By Cynthia Price, Director of Communications
Posted on 4/29/2011
 ChildFund spokesperson Evelyn Vaccaro greets Sabrina Carpenter at the video premiere.

Children helping children is the idea behind the music video “If the Earth Could Speak.”

Pulled together in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March, it originated with Evelyn Vaccaro, a spokesperson for ChildFund International. “I’d been thinking about how children could sing on behalf of children to benefit children,” Vaccaro says. “When the Japan earthquake and tsunami struck, I felt helpless, but then I thought a music video could be a way to help.”

The result is the music video by “We Are the World” Grammy-winning director Tom Trbovich, Billboard-winning producer Drew Lane (High School Musical) and Vaccaro. Lane and Vacarro co-wrote “If the Earth Could Speak” with teen star Daniel Curtis Lee. The worldwide launch of the video happened earlier this month in Los Angeles as part of a “Kids Helping Kids: Japan” fundraising event.

“I was hoping that with their voices, these Hollywood teen and child music artists could communicate a powerful message to each other and the world that they have the power to make a difference for their future,” Vaccaro says.

Among the more than 50 teen celebrities participating are Sam Stone, Coco Jones, Marielle Jaffe, Joseph Castanon, Devon Werkheiser, Ivory Cunanan, Caitlin Taylor Love, Ryan Newman, Nadine Casanova, Zach Callison, Lauren Taveras, Samantha Boscarino, Sabrina Carpenter, Sacha Edwards and Chris Trousdale. Many others performed in the chorus.

ChildFund is working with its global Alliance partner ChildFund Japan to speed response to children affected by the disaster.

Hollywood teen and child music artists come together to raise funds for Japan by recording "If the Earth Could Speak."
Hollywood teen and child music artists come together to raise funds for Japan by recording "If the Earth Could Speak."

ChildFund Japan started by addressing immediate physical needs brought about by the shattered infrastructure — food, clean water, shelter. Relief items continue to be distributed in three prefectures (states) that were seriously damaged. ChildFund Japan has partnered with area organizations to maximize resources and maintain a steady flow of emergency goods (rice, noodles, powdered milk, butane cartridges and other daily needs) and to avoid overlap or gaps.

ChildFund also provides psychosocial support for the children who suffered the disasters and will continue to bear their long-term effects. ChildFund Japan has provided thousands of teachers with a manual based on one that ChildFund International created for use in emergency situations.