Saturday, July 09, 2005

Ugandan Watoto Children's Choir in Minnesota

Via Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Equal parts inspiration and pluck delivered Candace Smith of Apple Valley, Minnesota all the way to Africa on a mission to help orphans years ago. This week she returned to her home turf leading a globe-trotting choir of Ugandan children.

Smith's journey began with a 10-day missionary trip to Uganda in 2002 to build houses for Watoto Child Care Ministries , which places orphans with families. Three months later, Smith, 25, knew she was destined for Uganda to help children orphaned by AIDS and myriad other reasons.

"Watoto means children. The mission of Watoto Child Care Ministries is to raise the next generation of Ugandan leaders by placing parentless children in families where the necessary love, care, spiritual discipleship and physical needs are provided. Our goal is to equip these precious children with the essential moral values and life skills that will enable them to make a significant and lasting impact on the future of their country and the Kingdom of God. Currently they are responsible for approximately 1200 children. Their goal is to care for 10,000 children in the future."
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