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Canadian Musicians Team Up With War Child Canada To Talk About ‘Why Childhood Matters’
February 13, 2013
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What would your life be like if you'd had a different childhood?

Would you be the same person? And would you have made the same choices? There's no way of knowing for sure. But one thing is certain: a person's early life plays a big role in how they turn out.

As part of its 'Why Childhood Matters' campaign, War Child Canada asked some Canadian musicians to reflect on their own childhoods and how they shaped them as artists and as people.

So far, the message is clear: for Kardinal Offishall, Sarah Harmer and the members of Billy Talent, growing up in a safe place surrounded by support and love has helped them become the musicians and people they are today.

Kardinal Offishall

The campaign aims to remind people that childhood is a pivotal time in our lives, and that it can be easily corrupted by the effects of war.

On its website, War Child says that communities damaged by war, violence and poverty can experience "a lack of employment opportunities, the absence of effective economic or social structures, a destroyed infrastructure, an under-educated population and a culture of impunity around rights violations."

Sarah Harmer

In that kind of environment, a safe childhood is far from guaranteed.

In order to improve conditions for children in dangerous places, War Child's 'Why Childhood Matters' campaign focuses on three "core programming areas," Education, Opportunity and Justice.

On the Education front, War Child provides protected spaces for learning by re-building schools, running catch-up education programs and providing training in basic life skills.

They also work to provide Opportunity through vocational training and microfinance programs, and to promote Justice via direct legal representation and comprehensive community sensitization around legal issues.

Billy Talent

There are more 'Why Childhood Matters' videos on the way from Lights, Arkells, These Kids Wear Crowns, Kay and Jonas & The Massive Attraction and others. Keep your eye on the War Child Canada Facebook page in the coming days to catch them all.

And to learn more about the campaign, or donate to War Child, visit their site right here.


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