Watoto choir to play at church
SINGING and dancing orphans who met the Queen this month will perform a free concert at the Victory Church, in Grimsby.
The Watoto concert features 22 talented orphans, who are part of the Ugandan Children's Choir, and they will perform on Sunday.
The colourful stage show will get feet moving as the choir brings their lively moves and catchy songs to Grimsby.
Watoto, set up 18 years ago, is a care programme whose aim is to look after the large amount of orphaned children in Africa.
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The choirs have toured Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Australasia, Canada, UK, Germany, France, USA, South America, Hong Kong, China and Japan.
Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of their parents either through war or disease. Around 2,000 children live in Watoto children's villages.
The experience gives the children exposure to other cultures broadening their world view.
It also gives them confidence and boldness and helps them rise up out of their own situations of sadness and despair.
The children, who were recently invited to Windsor Castle, met and sang at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
Wendy Hawkins, founder of the Victory Church, said: "The children really enjoy coming to different places and meeting new people.
"Everyone is invited and we put on live events on a regular basis. We have all different events going on throughout the month."
The Victory Church, which can be found on the Pyewipe estate, recently moved there 18 months ago.
The church wants "to make a difference in the town and equip people with victory in every area of their lives."
The church will open its doors at 4.30pm for tea and coffee and will be followed by the concert at 5pm. For more information on the concert, call Wendy on 07801 350160 or visit Watato's website at www.watoto.com