African Children's Choir tours in South Walton

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Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 04:59 PM.

The African Children's Choir of Uganda has been singing for their future since 1984. The choir is once again bringing their angelic voices to our area when they perform Sept. 15 at Vision Church at Christian International.

The choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa's most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow. The children, ages 7 to 10 years, travel the United States and other countries for 12 to 16 months straight before returning to their homes. During that time, their only contact with family is via cards and letters. However, the children have the full support of their parents to be away for such a long period of time because the tour and their performances give them all hope for the future.

"They are spreading a message of God and hope, and their needs," said Catherine Wake, tour leader. "It's a great experience for them. Traveling and experiencing a different world opens their eyes and minds to what is out there and what they can be — teachers, dentists, doctors, lawyers, firefighters — all the possibilities that are out there that they could become if they put the work into it. This tour helps the kids and helps Uganda and their future."

All the children in the choir are from poor families in Uganda, and all can benefit from going on the tour, said Wake.

While on tour, the children and their chaperones stay at churches or with host families, and all have at least four sponsors who provide for their needs on the tour.

Admission to each of their performances is free, but offerings are taken with all contributions going toward their continuing education when they return home. Most of their sponsors are in the United States, but some are in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.

Wake has been on tour with this particular group of children since January, touring the eastern United States, including Ohio, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia, working its way down along the coast.

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