Watoto Children's Ministry
  • Watoto Update

    Music performed by a children's choir is at the heart of this Pay it Forward idea. It's an effort to help orphans in Uganda.

    The voices of orphans themselves are the focus of the effort and the Pay it Forward grant is helping to pay for a fund-raising concert tour by the Watoto Children's Choir.

    Those young singers performed a Trinity United Methodist Church last fall and it struck a chord in Diane Adams' heart.

    Diane says, "It was just amazing. People were standing and clapping and for a couple of songs they had the audience join in.

    "They live in Kampala, Uganda. Their parents have died due to AIDS or war, so there is no mother or father. They're singing because they want to make the lives better for children in Kampala.

    "The money donated at the churches goes directly back to Kampala. It's much like the Boys Town model with up to eight children in the home. They feed them and house them. That's where the money goes."

    The most recent figure that Diane has received totals almost $27,000 raised through two weeks of choir concerts in Oklahoma and Missouri. That number will certainly grow when the next revenue figures are released.

    Diane says, "They're leaving in July and they're saying how sad it is to leave the U.S. So many friends here and the U.S. has been so welcoming. They'll miss that because they've made many friends here.

    If you would like to help support the Watoto Choir, visit watoto.com.

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