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  • Renee C. Byer / rbyer@sacbee.com

    Orphaned children from Uganda perform the song Shine. Twenty two children preformed in the Watoto Children's Choir at Loomis First Assmebly of God church on Sunday February 23, 2014 in Loomis. They were on a six month free tour across the West Coast. 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 initiated to serve the dire needs of Africa and her 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. With vibrant, original African music; dance routines; life-transforming stories, the tours 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 Watoto Founder.

  • Renée C. Byer / rbyer@sacbee.com

    Children embrace at the end of one of their dance and choir routines. Twenty-two children performed in the Watoto Children's Choir at Loomis First Assmebly of God church on Sunday February 23, 2014 in Loomis. They were on a six month free tour across the West Coast. 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 initiated to serve the dire needs of Africa and her 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. With vibrant, original African music; dance routines; life-transforming stories, the tours 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 Watoto Founder.

  • Renée C. Byer / rbyer@sacbee.com

    Comfort Aywek, right, leads twenty two children in dance as she performed in the Watoto Children's Choir at Loomis First Assmebly of God church on Sunday February 23, 2014 in Loomis. They were on a six month free tour across the West Coast. 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 initiated to serve the dire needs of Africa and her 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. With vibrant, original African music; dance routines; life-transforming stories, the tours 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 Watoto Founder.on Sunday February 23, 2014 in Sacramento.

  • Renee C. Byer / rbyer@sacbee.com

    A woman who goes by the name Mama Mercy stands with the orphaned children from Uganda after they performed a free song and dance routine on Sunday February 23, 2014 in Loomis, at the Loomis First Assembly of God church. Each child helped load up the costumes and other materials for their next performance in Woodland that night. They are the Watoto Children's Choir helping to bring awareness to the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa here on a six month tour of the West Coast.

  • Renee C. Byer / rbyer@sacbee.com

    Twenty two children preformed in the Watoto Children's Choir at Loomis First Assmebly of God church on Sunday February 23, 2014 in Loomis. They were on a six month free tour across the West Coast. 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 initiated to serve the dire needs of Africa and her 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. With vibrant, original African music; dance routines; life-transforming stories, the tours 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 Watoto Founder.

  • Renée C. Byer / rbyer@sacbee.com

    Twenty-two children performed in the Watoto Children’s Choir at Loomis First Assmebly of God church on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Loomis. They were on a six-month free tour across the West Coast. The Watoto Children’s Choir act 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 her 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. With vibrant, original African music; dance routines; life-transforming stories, the tours 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, Watoto founder.

  • Renée C. Byer / rbyer@sacbee.com

    Twenty two children preformed in the Watoto Children’s Choir at Loomis First Assmebly of God church on Sunday February 23, 2014 in Loomis. They were on a six month free tour across the West Coast. 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 initiated to serve the dire needs of Africa and her 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. With vibrant, original African music; dance routines; life-transforming stories, the tours 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 Watoto Founder.

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Songs of Africa’s rescued children

Published: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 - 11:02 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 - 11:23 pm

Twenty-two members of the Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda perform Sunday at Loomis First Assembly of God church as part of their six-month West Coast tour. Above, Comfort Aywek leads a dance number; at right, the children perform for the congregation. At top, children embrace after their performance. Watoto is a holistic child-care organization based at the Watoto Church in Kampala, Uganda, initiated to serve the needs of Africa and its people. The Watoto Children’s Choir members act as ambassadors to raise awareness of the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa through original African music, dance routines and stories. Each of the children in the choir has lost one or both parents. The choir members live in Watoto children’s villages, where they receive care to help them grow up as productive citizens of their country.



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