Watoto, a non-governmental organization in Uganda, East Africa, is bringing the Watoto Children's Choir to Fort Frances on Thursday, March 21 to perform their brand new album, “We Will Go.”
The six-month tour presents the story of abandoned African children and vulnerable women who have been empowered to rise above their circumstances and answer the call to be part of the new Africa—ready to make a difference in the world.
“We Will Go” will be presented at Bethel Baptist Church (720 Morrison Cres.) starting at 6:30 p.m.
The full choir schedule can be viewed online at www.watoto.com/app/choir/calendar
Jackie, an 11-year-old who will be travelling with the choir, was abandoned by her parents when she was only four years old. She was found by a Good Samaritan before Watoto became her permanent home and family.
When we asked her about travelling on choir, she replied, "I heard that Canada is very cold. When I travel on the choir, I want to play in the snow.
“I dream of becoming a teacher when I grow up so on tour, I will continue to help my friends with their homework,” she added.
“I also learned the Canadian anthem and I can't wait to sing it there.”
Watoto Children's Choirs have travelled extensively since 1994, sharing a message of hope for Africa's most vulnerable children and women.
On almost every day of the year, the choir is performing somewhere in the world. Hundreds of thousands of people get to meet some of Africa's future leaders.
People also see their smiles and are embraced by their hugs.
The children have the distinct privilege of telling people, “It's possible to have joy, to laugh, and to have hope no matter what you're going through.”
Like Africa, the production is vibrant and colourful, taking you on an emotional journey from utter despair to joyous celebration as the children and women share their personal stories of triumph in story and song.
Other than coming to Africa yourself, what better way to learn about all the good things happening in Uganda through this stirring, musical experience?
The “We Will Go” album can be downloaded on iTunes at https://bit.ly/wewillgo
All proceeds made from the album go to Watoto in Uganda to provide vulnerable children and women with homes, education, medical care, and, most of all, the love of a family.
Watoto is a family made up of people from all over the world who are working together to ensure the forgotten have a place to belong. In a time of civil war, we planted a local church in Kampala, Uganda to speak hope and life to the nation.
Since then, we have placed thousands of orphans in families, empowered thousands of vulnerable women to reach their communities, rescued babies and former child soldiers, and sent children's choirs across six continents.
As we work alongside the most vulnerable in our society, our aim is to rescue individuals and raise each one as a leader in his or her sphere of life so that, in turn, they will rebuild the nation.
In more than 35 years, the challenges facing Africa have changed but our vision remains the same.
And in all of this, Watoto is committed to celebrating Christ and caring for community.