Beautiful Africa: Ugandan children’s choir spreads message of hope

Watoto Children's Choir performs at the Central Heights Church Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The internationally touring Watoto Children's Choir has had the honour of performing for the Queen.

The internationally touring Watoto Children's Choir has had the honour of performing for the Queen.

Kelsey KLASSEN

Abbotsford News

 

A choir comprising children who have lost parents to HIV/AIDS, war or poverty in Uganada will be bringing their joyful sound to Abbotsford on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The Watoto Children’s Choir, established in 1994, travels internationally as ambassadors for the millions of children orphaned under the same circumstances.

The children live in Watoto Children’s Villages, in a holistic environment dedicated to nurturing their abilities and raising them to be the next generation of leaders and productive citizens of Uganda. The Watoto program currently impacts the lives of 2,500 children who have been orphaned or abandoned.

Beautiful Africa: A New Generation promises an evening of vibrant, original African music, dance and stories. The tour also features fair trade items for purchase made by women in the Living Hope program, which supports HIV positive single women, returnees from abduction and teenage mothers.

The Watoto Children’s Choir, led by Sam Kimera, will be at Central Heights Church, 1661 McCallum Road. The free concert starts at 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public. More information about the choir and the Watoto program is available at watoto.com.

Beautiful Africa from Watoto Canada on Vimeo.