The Ugandan Orphan’s Choir is coming to Utah on their 8th tour of the United States. They will be performing free concerts from Logan to West Valley City between Friday, March 16 and Monday, March 19.
The choir is a facet of Childcare Worldwide, a non-profit organization working to help children receive an education and, later in life, employment. Childcare Worldwide puts most of its effort into finding the children's sponsors in the in the Western world. Sponsors support a child by contributing to the child's educational needs, like school fees and uniforms.
The Ugandan Orphan’s Choir certainly serves this purpose. “We put a face on the need of child sponsorship,” said Shawn Morton, Childcare Worldwide’s Director of US Ministries. “Our goal is to sponsor as many children on tour as possible.”
The choir is made up of children between the ages of nine and 12 who come from villages sponsored by Childcare Worldwide. These villages are made up of a few hundred orphans who can audition for a place in the choir.
They earns their spot based on talent and academics. During the 11-month tour, the children keep up their education with classes during three to four days of the week. “It’s pretty intensive,” said Morton.
Childcare Worldwide also operates in Kenya, Haiti and India. Each area has a local regional director who keeps the different reaches of the organization in line with the overall organizational goal. However, Uganda is the only one with a choir.
The choir began when Childcare Worldwide was celebrating its 25th anniversary, and the director of the Uganda branch decided to form the Orphan’s Choir to contribute to the celebration.
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