5 reasons to go see African Children’s Choir

African Children’s Choir Tour 46, which features 11 girls and seven boys ages 8 to 10, stops in the area for concerts at Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Lebanon and St Peter Catholic Church in Huber Heights on Sunday, Jan 8. CONTRIBUTED
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African Children’s Choir Tour 46, which features 11 girls and seven boys ages 8 to 10, stops in the area for concerts at Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Lebanon and St Peter Catholic Church in Huber Heights on Sunday, Jan 8. CONTRIBUTED

The African Children’s Choir’s tagline is, “Helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow.” That’s not idle talk.

Since 1984, the organization has changed the lives of more than 52,000 Ugandan youngsters by providing them with a full education, opportunities to travel the world and the tools to help steer their communities toward the future.

African Children’s Choir Tour 46, stopping in the Dayton area for several concerts on Sunday, Jan 8, features 11 girls and seven boys ages 8 to 10. The group performs at Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Lebanon at 8:45 and 11:15 a.m. and at St. Peter Catholic Church in Huber Heights at 7:30 p.m.

Kyle Sequinia, a volunteer chaperone from the United States, recently shared his thoughts on the experience.

Getting involved: "My wife and I got to go to Uganda two summers ago. While we were there, we fell in love with the African Children's Choir School, which is a primary school for elementary ages. They have a library and a computer lab. The kids are so well taken care of. I got to visit that school and many of the other schools throughout the slums in Uganda and got to see the difference in how the kids are well taken care of at the African Children's Choir School. That's what really stood out to me."

Expanding horizons: "Our group, Tour 46, will be in the States for about seven months. After that we go to the UK: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. They'll be on tour for a total of 11 months. These kids all come from very humble backgrounds in Uganda so it's an eye-opening experience for them. They see the possibilities and opportunities of life."

Born to perform: "The concerts are so much fun. The kids have so much energy and so much joy. They're dancing, drumming and singing. They love to perform so people who come leave so blessed."

Back to school: "After the tour is done, the kids go back to Uganda where they focus on their education. It's a boarding school where they go from elementary all the way through university. While they're there, all of their clothing, medical expenses, food, room and housing is provided by the African Children's Choir."

Paying it forward: "When we were in Uganda we met thousands of young adults who were on tour when they were kids and are now doctors, teachers, lawyers and other professions. They're able to help make their home a better place for themselves, their families and for their community."


WANT TO GO?

Who: African Children's Choir

Where: Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 123 N. East St., Lebanon.

When: 8:45 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan 8.

Cost: Free but donations accepted.

Artist info: https://africanchildrenschoir.com

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