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Watoto choir helps thousands of Africa’s orphans

The Watoto Children’s Choir helps support Watoto Villages for HIV/AIDS orphans and Living Hope, a program for vulnerable women in Kampala and Gulu, Uganda. - Submitted photo
The Watoto Children’s Choir helps support Watoto Villages for HIV/AIDS orphans and Living Hope, a program for vulnerable women in Kampala and Gulu, Uganda.
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Watoto, a holistic care program initiated to serve the needs of Africa and her people, presents a new tour entitled Beautiful Africa: A New Generation, an evening of vibrant, original African music, dance routines and life-transforming stories. The tour is a testimony of the new generation of leaders emerging out of Watoto.

Established in 1994, the Watoto Children’s Choir has travelled internationally as ambassadors for the millions of children in Africa, orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war and poverty. Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents. They live in Watoto Children’s Villages where they receive the care and nurturing they need to grow up as productive citizens of their country.

Today, Watoto impacts the lives of more than 2,500 children who have been orphaned and abandoned.

Watoto’s purpose is to rescue the vulnerable and raise them up to be leaders, so they can rebuild their nation. For this to become an ongoing reality, Watoto relies on the support of Canadians to sponsor a life and impact their future.

Living Hope is a Watoto program that has transformed the lives of women in Kampala and war-torn Gulu, Northern Uganda. The target groups are HIV positive single women, returnees from abduction by the Lord’s Resistance Army, and teenage mothers. The goal of Living Hope is to restore dignity to vulnerable women. The 2012 Canadian Tour features fair trade items for purchase that are made by women in the Living Hope program.

See the choir for free on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Lambrick Park Church, 1780 Feltham Rd, or at 6:30 p.m. at the Colwood Pentecostal Church, 2250 Sooke Rd.

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