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Watoto Children's Choir to perform in Kent

The Watoto Children’s Choir acts as ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa.  - Courtesy photo
The Watoto Children’s Choir acts as ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa.
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For the Reporter

The Watoto Children’s Choir – on a six-month U.S. tour to raise awareness about the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa – performs at two Kent churches this spring.

The traveling choir performs at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday, March 23, at Riverview Community Church, 4135 S. 216th. The choir is scheduled to appear April 5 at First Christian Church, 11717 SE 240th.

The choir is performing its program, Beautiful Africa: A New Generation, throughout the Puget Sound area in March and April.

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," said Gary Skinner, Watoto founder.

With its genuine appeal, accompanied by music and dance – an energetic fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm – the globally acclaimed Watoto Children's Choirs has traveled 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, 64 choirs have traveled globally, providing the children with a bigger worldview, an unusual opportunity they would otherwise never get. The choirs have been to Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, France and the U.S, among others.

To preview a performance, www.watoto.com/the-choir.

For the full choir schedule, see www.watoto.com/the-choir/see-the-choir.

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