Watoto Blog
Fund-Raising Updates
  • 5/05-5/11 Contributions: $4,500.84 - Sponsorships: $2,645.00 from 19 sponsors

  • 5/12-5/18 Contributions: $21,853.65 - Sponsorships: $3,030.00 from 39 sponsors

  • 5/19-5/25 Contributions: $7,044.25 Sponsorships: $945.00 from 18 sponsors

  • For May-- $33,398.74 contributed with $6,620.00 in sponsorships for a May total of $40,018.74.
    4/21 - 4/27 Contributions: $2,898.35 Sponsorship: $455.00 number of sponsorships: 2

    4/18 - 4/20 Contributions: $10,082.63 Sponsorship: $4,525.00 number of sponsorships : 48

    Sponsorship for 1 year is $420 per child. Some people opt to pay for an entire year right at the concert, but most just pay for the first month $35 and continue on a monthly basis. So the $455 is one full year $420 and one month at $35.

    The following is an interview conducted by Mercy, one of the Watoto choir director's, with two boys: Edward, 7, and Kenneth, 12.

    Watoto Children's Ministry
    Both Edward and Kenneth have four sisters and three brothers which makes it a total of eight children in each of their houses. Two of Edward's brothers and two of his sisters have also traveled on a Watoto choir before. He talks about this with great pride and a beaming smile.

    About singing in the choir:
    Kenneth: "I love to dance. "Mambo Sawa" is my favorite song. I especially like the part when we all get off the riser and turn together."

    Mambo Sawa means life is good!

    About the United States:
    Kenneth: "I love going on roller-coasters at Silver Dollar City. I also love going to the host homes because the hosts love us and take care of us and allow us to play with their children."

    Edward: "My best place has been Chicago because I got to play in the snow."

    Kenneth: "When I grow up I want to be a professional soccer player."

    Edward: "When I grow up I want to become a lawyer."

    When asked what he likes to do, Kenneth asked, jobs or play?

    Anyway, he likes to cook. He especially, he likes to make American pancakes with the hosts. He also likes to ride bicycles and also play with video games.

    Edward likes to play soccer and play with scooters.

    The choir is on a six month tour of the South and Midwest United States. We are nearly four months into the tour. We started out in Florida and have been to Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, Chicago.

    We are in Missouri right now and are performing at Silver Dollar City until the fourth of May. We have three performances every day at 11:00 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday. We will then move on to Kansas City, Oklahoma and finally go to Illinois.

    It has been a busy and fun tour. One of the young boys, Charles, age eight, was sad yesterday over dinner when I reminded him that we only had two months to go. I don't think he wants to go home yet.

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