Choir featuring African orphans performs in Armstrong Friday

Performance by the Watoto Children’s Choir takes place Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church in Armstrong.

  • Jan. 31, 2013 8:00 a.m.
Members of Watoto Children's Choir perform in Armstrong on Friday Feb. 1.

Members of Watoto Children's Choir perform in Armstrong on Friday Feb. 1.

Watoto, a holistic care program initiated to serve the dire needs of Africa and her people, is presenting a brand new tour entitled Beautiful Africa: A New Generation, which will be performed in Armstrong Friday, Feb. 1.

The evening promises to be full 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 nurture they need to grow up as productive citizens of their country.

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

Watoto’s purpose is to rescue the vulnerable, 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 2013 Canadian tour features fair trade items for purchase that are made by women in the Living Hope program.

Friday’s performance by the Watoto Children’s Choir  starts 7 p.m. at Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church, 2570 Pleasant Valley Rd. in Armstrong. Admission is free.