In­spi­ra­tional an­gelic voices

South Western Times - - Times Life -

THE voices of a gen­er­a­tion of African chil­dren ac­quainted with tragedy will in­spire the peo­ple of Bun­bury next month.

The 18-voice Wa­toto Chil­dren’s Choir is made up of or­phans who now live in a vil­lage with 3000 other or­phaned Ugan­dan chil­dren.

Since 1994 the Wa­toto Child Care Min­istries has pro­vided a home for more than 4000 vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren – many for­mer child sol­diers or born to rebel lead­ers dur­ing the coun­try’s civil war.

Ac­com­pa­nied by a team of adults, the choir shares per­sonal sto­ries, sings and dances. While on the road, the chil­dren act as ad­vo­cates for mil­lions of other African chil­dren who have ex­pe­ri­enced the same heart­break and suf­fer­ing as them.

Con­cert or­gan­iser Bev Custers said Wa­toto had grown to be­come a bea­con of hope and ex­am­ple of true trans­for­ma­tion in Africa.

“Some of these chil­dren have gone on to be­come lawyers, teach­ers, com­puter sci­en­tists, jour­nal­ists, farm­ers, doc­tors and are im­pact­ing so­ci­ety pos­i­tively,” Mrs Custers said.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence of trav­el­ling in a choir has helped the chil­dren to de­velop con­fi­dence and bold­ness.”

The Wa­toto Chil­dren’s Choir has trav­elled ex­ten­sively since 1994, tour­ing six con­ti­nents and per­form­ing to en­thralled au­di­ences in schools, re­tire­ment homes, churches, par­lia­ments and royal palaces.

Seats to the free con­cert are limited to the first 300 peo­ple. It will start at 7pm in Gate­way Church on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 8. Call Mrs Custers on 0421 653 799 for more de­tails.

The joy­ful Wa­toto Chil­dren’s Choir is per­form­ing in Bun­bury next month.

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