Watoto choir comes to Surrey

The Watoto Children
The Watoto Children's Choir will perform in Surrey Feb. 15 and 16.
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The colourful and world-renowned Watoto Children’s Choir is coming to Surrey this weekend.

The choir will perform Beautiful Africa: A New Generation, an evening of vibrant, original African music, dance routines and life-transforming stories.

Established in 1994, The Watoto Children’s Choir has travelled internationally as ambassadors for the millions of children in Africa who have been 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 they need to grow up to become productive citizens of their country.

Today, Watoto is impacting the lives of more than 3,000 children who have been orphaned and abandoned.

Living Hope is a Watoto program that has transformed the lives of women in Kampala and war-torn Gulu, Northern Uganda.

The target groups are HIV-positive single women, returnees from abduction by the Lord’s Resistance Army, and teenage mothers.

The goal of Living Hope is to restore dignity to vulnerable women.

The choir will perform on Saturday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. at Praise International Church, #103, 15310 103A Ave. and on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at Parkland Fellowship Baptist Church, 9574 160 St.

The 2013 Watoto Canadian tour also features fair trade items for purchase that are made by women in the Living Hope program.

For more information, visit watoto.com

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