Watoto Children’s Choir at Living Springs
As some of you may have seen on our Facebook page, we had the Watoto Children’s Choir to stay with us last week all the way from Kampala, Uganda. As their story is quite a special one, I thought I would share it with you today.
There are an estimated two million children in Uganda that have lost their parents to AIDS or to conflict. In 1994 Watoto Church began rescuing orphans. Watoto was born out of the need to place parentless children into loving families. To date, Watoto has over 3000 children in holistic care and this number continues to grow yearly. Watoto is the Swahili word for “children”.
The Watoto Children’s Choir travel internationally to help raise an understanding of the plight of Africa’s orphans. Watoto’s performances are a soulful blend of native African rhythms, contemporary gospel music and ethnic dance. During their concerts, audiences are encouraged to donate towards one of Watoto’s many projects in Uganda.
The choir serves many purposes. It raises awareness about the work of Watoto globally. It’s also leadership training for the children, providing a strong sense of responsibility while experiencing different cultures. More importantly, it’s a way Watoto shares their faith with people around the world.
The Watoto Children’s Choir has performed before presidents and royalty in the White House, Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in the UK, and is featured on Chris Tomlin’s album, “Hello, Love.”
Would you like to help Watoto?
You can sponsor a child; book the Watoto Children’s Choir for a performance in your community; make a donation or even make a trip to Watoto in Uganda to use your skills or talents. More info on the Watoto Website.