“The trip was for fact-finding purposes. There are citizens in the U.S. who have offered their time, effort, money and resources,” Clay told the Jakarta Post. “There are some who try to find out where their money is going, what type of work is being done.”
On December 26, 2004, an undersea earthquake occurred. The epicenter was off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The earthquake triggered a series of devastating tsunami along the coast of the Indian Ocean. People were killed in eleven countries and coastal communities were hit by waves up to 100 feet high. The earthquake was the longest in duration ever observed and lasted somewhere between 8 to 10 minutes. It caused the entire planet to vibrate and triggered earthquakes as far away as Alaska.
While Clay was in Indonesia, he participated in UNICEF programs that helped children in many ways. Some of these important programs included helping children to reconnect with their families, caring for orphans, preventing the spread of disease and assisting children in returning to school.
According to an Indonesian news source, Clay spent an afternoon with about 100 children from Lampuuk Beach. The children were housed at a refuge camp and they greeted him with songs. It was reported that Clay sat and chatted with some of the children and tried to get them to laugh.
Clay was accompanied by Ferry Salim who is a local celebrity and a UNICEF ambassador. He reported that Clay learned quickly to sing a children’s song in the Indonesian language. The song ‘di Sini Senang, di Sana Senang’ translates to “happiness everywhere” and is a popular Indonesian nursery song.
Salim reported that Clay accompanied some children to therapy and seemed to show great empathy for the children. Clay said that it was important that the children get back to their known routine and that getting back to school on a daily basis was most important.
UNICEF has many celebrity Ambassadors who donate time and money to many causes throughout the world. They are lucky to have Clay Aiken on their team.
The following is a video of two interviews Clay did about his trip to Indonesia. The first is a UNICEF interview and the next is from WRAL.