Watoto Children’s Choir in town
SINCE 1994, Watoto Children’s Choirs have travelled all over the world sharing the plight of Africa’s orphaned and vulnerable.
Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both of their parents but they have been rescued and now live in a Watoto village.
The choir tours annually as advocates for the 18 million African children currently orphaned by AIDS.
Concerts of Hope are held in churches, community halls, schools and other venues globally.
The choirs have performed before presidents and royalty in the White House, Buckingham Palace and many other national parliaments.
The choir also performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in the UK.
Audiences are inspired as the children sing, dance and celebrate their story of hope.
Watoto Villages – homes for children and mothers – are constructed in the form of small, vibrant communities referred to as villages.
Each village contains a nursery school, a kindergarten, primary school, high school, water project, medical clinic and a multi-purpose hall.
The village provides safe and open outdoor spaces with beautiful vegetation and plenty of space to live and play. Currently, Watoto has three children’s villages; one in Gulu, northern Uganda, and two in Kampala, Uganda, looking after almost 3000 children.
Baby Watoto was initiated to provide critical care to destitute babies aged 0–2 years, giving them the best possible start in life.
When they are older and physically well enough, they either graduate to a Watoto children’s village or are reunited with existing relatives. Currently, Watoto was has three Baby Watoto facilities in Uganda caring for more than 200 infants at any given time.
The babies come to Watoto from a number of different referral sources, such as hospitals, local authorities, the police, child protection units, good Samaritans or other homes and care organisations.
Watoto’s Living Hope operates to restore Africa’s most marginalised and wounded people – women. Launched in early 2008, Living Hope has transformed the lives of almost 3000 women.
Their children, more than 15,000 boys and girls, now have a better chance at a future.
The Watoto mission is not simply about saving as many orphaned and vulnerable children and women as possible. It is also about raising them up to become future leaders who will bring sustainable change in their nation.
Watoto has ventured into income-generating projects, including an agricultural farm, poultry farm, and goat/dairy production.
All these projects work to contribute to the operational funds needed to run the program.
In addition, they help provide employment for young adults, and raise future business leaders.
The Children’s Choir is set to perform in Childers on May 19 at the Cultural Centre on Churchill St.
For further information visit www.watoto.com and support a worthy cause.