The richly-talented student choral community of Princeton, New Jersey has donated this music to benefit some of the world's neediest children via the World Food Program (WFP), the United Nations' frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. The bulk of WFP's operations are focused in sub-Saharan Africa.
All proceeds from this effort will go directly to the WFP's School Feeding program, one that helps in two ways: it reduces hunger and improves education. In poor countries, the burden often falls on children to help their families make a living. This means they don't have the time, the economic means, or the energy to attend school. For a child suffering from hunger, going to school is less important than having enough food to eat. WFP provides school meals to help offset the loss of the child's contribution to the family's livelihood.
A food incentive helps convince parents that they can afford to allow their children to go and to stay in school. The promise of at least one nutritious meal each day attracts children to school, boosts enrollment, promotes regular attendance, and enhances student performance.
Eight Princeton-based student choral groups - including the famed American Boychoir - are featured on the debut A Princeton Christmas: For the Children of Africa album as a way to lift spirits around the world and raise funds for the School Feeding campaign of the United Nations World Food Program in Africa.
A Princeton Christmas quickly went from idea to album because no school approached - from high schools to Princeton University - ever hesitated to get involved. The collection of choral works was produced in conjunction with the U.S.-based Friends of the World Food Program, a non-profit organization dedicated to building support for the WFP.
All proceeds from the purchase of downloads or CDs will go directly to the children of Africa through the WFP. The purchase of one download will feed a child for two days while buying the hour-long, 20-song album will feed a child for more than one month.
The compilation includes selections donated by The American Boychoir, The Princeton Girlchoir, The Princeton University Chapel Choir, The Westminster Concert Bell Choir and Westminster Choir of the Westminster Choir College of Rider University, The Tartantones of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, The Princeton Day School Choir Madrigal Singers, and The Princeton High School Choir. While this is the inaugural year for A Princeton Christmas, our goal is to begin a new and lasting holiday tradition.
To learn more about the School Feeding programs, see www.wfp.org/food_aid/school_feeding. See how you can help at www.friendsofwfp.org.
Tom Meagher, Executive Producer,
on behalf of A Princeton Christmas
John Baker, editing and mastering engineer
Evelyn Good, logo and CD design
Martin Olech, web design
Audio CD (October 16, 2008)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: A Princeton Christmas
Run Time: 57 minutes