Hard to believe by their smiles, but every child in the Watoto Children’s Choir that performed in Westlake last week has lost one or both parents.
As part of their six-month U.S tour, The Watoto Children’s Choir traveling from Africa stopped at Westlake’s Church on the Rise the evening of June 5 for an inspiring concert.
The Watoto Children’s Choir acts as Watoto ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa. Watoto is a holistic child-care solution to serve needs of Africa and her people.
Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents. As they shared testimony on their individual challenges and experience, many audience members could be seen wiping away tears.
They live in Watoto Children’s Villages where they receive the care and nurture they need to grow up as productive citizens of their own country. “I wish to grow up and become an American lawyer!’ exclaimed one young singer to the delight of the audience.
With vibrant, original African music, dance routines and life-transforming stories, the tour is indicative of the new generation of leaders emerging out of Watoto.
“Through the choir’s Concert of Hope, we share a message of transformation by telling the story of Africa’s rescued orphans and women. We hope to reach out to audiences with the message of Christ’s healing power,” says Gary Skinner, WatotoFounder.
Since its inception, 60 choirs have traveled globally, providing the children with a bigger worldview, an unusual opportunity they would otherwise never get. To preview a performance of the choir visit: www.watoto.com/the-choir.