Watoto choir inspires Gympie

Inspired: Talented Watoto Children’s Choir performers offer stories of hope to Australians.
Inspired: Talented Watoto Children’s Choir performers offer stories of hope to Australians. Renee Pilcher

“NEVER take anything for granted,” that’s the message that was spread to Victory College students, parents and teachers who were able to see the Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda, East Africa, performing live yesterday afternoon.

The audience was left feeling inspired by the Watoto spirit, after energetic and uplifting performances from the talented children.

Watoto Children’s Choir Team Leader Brian Abaho said the choir arrived in Australia about three weeks ago and their first performance was in Toowoomba at Easterfest.

He said the whole team thought Australia was “beautiful” and the people they met had been generous.

So far turn outs to the concerts have been great and the children are starting to settle into life on the road.

“They are adjusting really well,” he said.

Mr Abaho said he enjoyed seeing Gympie’s green countryside.

Last night the choir performed at the Christian Family Church in Gympie and today they travel to Hervey Bay.

The Watoto Children’s Choir will spend six months touring Australia before heading to New Zealand.

There are 22 children in the choir, 11 boys and 11 girls aged from 8-years to 13-years old and all have lost either one or both of their parents.

Watoto, which means Children in Swahili, is a symbol of hope for Uganda, a country famous for violence and poverty.

The choir is the face of Watoto Childcare Ministries, set up by Gary and Marilyn Skinner to care for orphaned children in 1994.

Watoto Childcare Ministries take care of orphaned and vulnerable children with a vision to rescue a child, raise a leader and rebuild Uganda.

Generous people all around the world have helped Watoto to give life and hope to children and create ‘Villages of Hope’ with homes, schools and medical clinics.

The choir’s “Concerts of Hope” are also helping to raise awareness of the plight of two million orphans in Uganda.

They are ambassadors for Uganda’s orphans and in particular the Watoto Childcare Villages in Uganda that provide shelter, food, clothing, an education, a family life and hope to many precious children.

They use song, dance, African beats and amazing personal stories to offer Australian’s hope, proving that one can rise above circumstances.

Visit for more information and concert dates or to help out with the Watoto Childcare Ministry.

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