The Watoto Childrens Choir from Africa is on a six-month tour in the United States in hopes to inspire many lives. They want to raise awareness on the difficulties orphans face in Africa.
Phillip Mugerwa, from Uganda East Africa, is the choir leader of the Watoto Childrens Choir currently touring in the United States. He is in charge of 22 children who are orphans that have lost one or both of their parents due to HIV/ AIDS, other diseases, or war in Africa. These children are apart of the Watoto Child care ministries based in Uganda who focus on rescuing orphans to help them get into school and a home. The Watoto ministries take the children to one of their three villages and place them into a home with a foster mother who cares for the children.
“What struck me is to see what the church that I was apart of was doing in helping vulnerable children in the community.”
– Phillip Mugerwa
Phillip first began helping with the children in the villages and later asked to tour with the choir. He believes children to be gifts from God and thinks it is phenomenal to see a child who has a difficult background, grow and become a person who has dreams and goals in life.
The Watoto childrens choir uses original African music, dance routines, and their personal life stories for their performances. They incorporate contemporary gospel music with their traditional African rhythm to create an amazing energy for the audiences to experience.
The children’s choir currently touring the U.S.are said to be enjoying their time here.
There are about four Watoto Children choirs touring around the world right now. The purpose is to expose the children to other cultures and give them more of a worldview to help them escape their difficult situations.
Allie Ibarra, KTSW News