Recue, Raise and Rebuild
The Watoto Children’s Choir, whose members are orphans and vulnerable children, was in Johor Bahru recently to present ‘Signs & Wonders’, an energetic musical show that celebrates and demonstrates the miraculous transformation in their lives, from a dark past to a purposeful life.
This travelling choir is part of the Watoto Child Care Ministries that started in 1994 with one simple house in the city of Kampala, Uganda. Here, eight orphans and a widow were given the opportunity to live together as a new family.
With the support of sponsors worldwide, Watoto is providing holistic, residential care for over 4,000 orphaned and needy children and restoring dignity to vulnerable women, most of whom are HIV positive.
Rescued children, aged between two and 12 live in Watoto villages in a family set-up with seven other siblings, cared for by a house-mother. Each village has a community centre and health clinic and the children attend school to receive quality education.
“This musical production, ‘Signs & Wonders’ is going to challenge preconceived ideas about miracles as it demonstrates that each of our daily lives are wonders of God’s work in us,” said Creative Director of Watoto Choirs, James Skinner.
These choirs groups have toured the world to share the vision and mission of Watoto through music and dance in an energetic fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythms.
Each choir is made up of 18 children, aged between seven to 12 years and are accompanied by 10 adult caregivers.
In March and April 2018, Choir #88 performed in Johor Bahru, Sibu, Kuching, Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. In Johor Bahru, the choir performed at several venues during the Easter season and ended their stay with an exciting excursion to LEGOLAND Malaysia Water Park at Iskandar Puteri, Johor.
Watoto’s tagline is: Rescue, Raise, Rebuild. To sponsor or partner with Watoto in this effort, email to: [email protected] For more information, visit website: www.watoto.asia