Wa­toto Chil­dren’s Choir in town

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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