Watoto Children's Choir coming to Ballarat

Voices of Africa: Eighteen Ugandan orphans will perform in Ballarat next month on Saturday, August 20 as part of a six month tour of Australia.

Voices of Africa: Eighteen Ugandan orphans will perform in Ballarat next month on Saturday, August 20 as part of a six month tour of Australia.

Uganda’s Watoto Children’s Choir will land in Ballarat next month with their new concert Signs & Wonders.

The group of 18 orphans will tour Australia for six months. Each child has lost one or both parents and now lives in the Watoto Village.

The Watoto Choir has toured the world since 1994 to share the stories of Africa’s orphans and widows. Choir member Roland Amanya, 12, moved into Watoto Village with his mother Stella in 2013 after his father died.

“Since coming to Watoto, we have enjoyed a good life. We were struggling before and my mum didn’t know how we would survive. Now, we have a lovely home, food everyday and I am receiving quality education,” Roland said.

“I look forward to sharing my story with many people. I hope it will be a blessing to everyone we meet.”

Watoto Choir will perform at One2One Church on Sunday, August 20. Entry to the performance is free.

The choirs have toured Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Asia and the USA and performed for presidents at the White House, royalty at Buckingham Palace, and the United Nations. 

The Watoto Village has been home to former child soldiers and children born to rebel leaders during the civil war.