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.

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