A piece of Africa visits Blaine

Published on Wed, Apr 3, 2013
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The Ugandan Orphans Choir, sponsored by Childcare Worldwide, will be coming to Blaine for a performance at Grace Lutheran Church on Wednesday, April 10.

The choir is comprised of 10 orphans (five boys and five girls), ages nine to 12 from Childcare Worldwide’s children’s village located in the Sesses Islands in Lake Victoria. 

“Each of their stories are unique,” said choir manager Sharye Cornmesser. “They come from impoverished areas where they don’t have anything, and each child has lost one or more of their parents. ”

The students are selected for the traveling choir through auditions. “It’s a wonderful cultural performance with traditional outfits, singing and dancing,” Cornmesser said. “And it’s a really amazing experience for them. These are kids who have never left their village and they’re getting an opportunity to see so much of the United States. It teaches them that they can dream big.”

She added that a benefit of the tour is that as they travel, the students are able to become more fluent in English. That language acquisition is a huge boon to their education and gives them the opportunity to set goals far higher than they might have imagined for themselves before. 

The choir, now in its ninth year, is on the first leg of the 11-month tour that will take them across the United States. “Their message is to let people know that there is a need for children like them to receive an education,” Cornmesser said. “They’re performing to raise awareness and to get sponsorships.”

The choir will perform at Grace Lutheran Church located at 702 G Street, Blaine, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10.

For more information, visit childcareworldwide.org or email Cornmesser at scornmesser@childcareworldwide.org