News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 30, 2013

African children’s choir to perform at Mount Pleasant

Raising awareness of plight of Africa’s children

Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Watoto Children’s Choir, traveling from Africa, began its five-month eastern U.S. tour in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on Oct. 6 and are continuing the tour through Terre Haute, Lebanon, Indianapolis, Peru, Bloomington, Columbus, Evansville and Vevay, from April 16 to May 1. All performances are free and open to the public.

The 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 initiated to serve the dire needs of Africa and the African people.

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 own country.

“Through the choir’s Concert of Hope, we share a message of transformation by telling the story of Africa’s rescued orphans and women,” said Gary Skinner, Watoto founder.

Accompanied by music and dance, the choir presents a fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm, preforming internationally since 1994 as ambassadors for the millions of children in Africa, orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war and poverty.

Since its inception, 56 choirs have traveled globally. The choirs have been to Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, France and the U.S. Their audiences have included royalty, presidents, ministers and average citizens.

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The Terre Haute performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 16 in Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, 3050 E. Davis Drive.