Watoto tour offers message of hope

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By Blanca Jones

Watoto, a holistic care program, initiated to serve the dire needs of the people of Africa presents a brand new choir tour, “Beautiful Africa: A New Generation.”
The production will be 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road in Los Alamos.
The tour began in Dallas and will tour for six months visiting several cities throughout the U.S. including Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Mo., Milwaukee, Wis., Minneapolis, Minn., and Des Moines, Iowa, concluding the tour in Denver.
With original African music; dance routines; life-transforming stories, the tour 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 appeal, accompanied by music and dance — a fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm — the globally acclaimed Watoto Children’s Choir has traveled internationally since 1994 as ambassadors for the millions of children in Africa, orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war and poverty.
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 country.
Since its inception, 62 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, Canada, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and United States, among others. Their audiences have included royalty, presidents, ministers and the common people alike, capturing many hearts wherever they go.
To preview a performance of the choir visit: watoto.com/the-choir. Go to watoto.com/the-choir/see-the-choir for the full performance itinerary in the U.S.
For more information on the choir, contact U.S. Watoto Communications Director, Jeanine Bedell at 813-449-2927.
Watoto is a holistic care solution providing for the physical, emotional, medical, spiritual and academic needs of children in Africa. Watoto was initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned children and vulnerable women in Africa. It is positioned to rescue an individual, raise each one as a leader in their chosen sphere of life so that they in turn will rebuild their nation.
Accompanied by a team of adults, the choir presents Watoto’s vision and mission through their stories, music and dance. Watoto choirs act as ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa.