A choir that tours in support of vulnerable African women and children is coming to New Westminster.
The Watoto Children’s Choir is on tour in support of its new album, We Will Go, with a six-month cross-country Canadian journey. The singers will perform on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at Connaught Heights Pentecostal Assembly, 2201 Eighth Ave.
Watoto is an NGO in Uganda that raises money to support abandoned and orphaned children and vulnerable women in Africa. The choirs, which have been travelling around the world since 1994, are focused on sharing a message of hope through a colourful production that shares the personal stories of women and children in story and song.
Among the young singers is Jackie, an 11-year-old who was abandoned at age four and was found by a Good Samaritan before Watoto became her home and family.
“I heard that Canada is very cold. When I travel on the choir, I want to play in the snow,” she said in a press release. “I dream of becoming a teacher when I grow up, so on tour, I will continue to help my friends with their homework. I also learned the Canadian anthem and I can’t wait to sing it there.”
The We Will Go album is currently available on iTunes, with proceeds towards Watoto’s work providing homes, education, medical care and families for children and women in Uganda.
For more on Watoto, see www.watoto.com.