Music for Life Centers Across Africa

Off to School
Celebrating 25 Years!

HELPING AFRICA’S
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Off to School 25 Years

It has been 25 years since the first African Children’s Choir began their tour. In that time, hundreds of children have performed around the world and thousands more have been given a chance for an education. I originally envisioned the African Children’s Choir to be a single project but the continued devastation in East and South Africa meant that the Choir’s work was not finished when the first tour ended. Millions of children and their families are still living in deplorable conditions. They lack food and water. They lack proper medical care. They lack the tools and skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty and change their circumstances. In 25 years, the African Children’s Choir, with God’s help, has changed the lives of thousands, and with your assistance we can change the lives of thousands more. While the main story in this issue takes you through the history of the African Children’s Choir, the pictures of the children give you a glimpse of Africa’s future. The children dream of becoming Africa’s next leaders: dentists, teachers, engineers, bank managers and even presidents. Your ongoing support as a Child Sponsor or Friend of the Choir will ensure that the children you see on stage today will achieve their dreams. You can help change a continent, one child at a time.

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Executive Editors: Ray Barnett, Suzanne Nelson Editors: Dawna Hodgins, Connie Millar, Penny Peterson, Michael Prins, David Turner Photographic Contributions: Rebecca Johnson, Steve Hoyt, Victor Thiessen, Paul Yates, Craig Peters, Nicolas Koole, Kyle Healy, Michael Prins, Steve Higgs, Sarah Lidstone, Angela Lounsbury Design and Art Direction: www.thinkgraphicdesigns.com

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FOUNDER’S

AFRICANCHILDREN’SCHOIR.
We are all between seven and eleven years old and we come from Uganda and Kenya. Our countries are very beautiful but years of war and disease have made many people very poor. It is hard for our families to care for us, and many of us cannot go to school because our families cannot afford to send us. We hope our music and dancing will show you how beautiful our culture is and inspire you to help people in Africa. Your generosity will help us and thousands more children like us get an education so we can grow up and help our families and our villages. Thank you for supporting us.

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A hunter returns to the village to tell of his encounter with a leopard. A small fishing boat comes across a hungry crocodile. The king and his court celebrate a bountiful harvest with a dance reserved just for the occasion. For 25 years, the African Children’s Choir has appeared at churches, schools, and community centers, relying upon the generous donations of those concert-goers to support its life-changing programs in the children’s home communities in Africa. Now the Choir has created a unique theatrical production called Journey of Hope, designed to complement the ongoing touring gospel program. Let the talented children of the African Children’s Choir take you along on an inspiring musical journey across the vast and diverse continent of Africa. Gain a fuller understanding of Africa—with its pride, promise, and its problems—as the children share with you the cultural heritage of their

homeland. With costumes and dances representing different tribes from throughout Africa, the children demonstrate the beauty and dignity of Africa’s cultures and the joy and hope of its people. As the children’s songs flow through eight different languages, you’ll discover the full picture of the mission of the African Children’s Choir—from our beginning in the midst of Uganda’s civil war, to the present, with thousands of transformed lives to celebrate. The program also features some of the Choir’s favourite gospel songs and elements of rich storytelling and drama.

The Choir will be presenting Journey of Hope in theaters and concert halls across the U.S. in the spring of 2010.

For more information, visit our website at africanchildrenschoir.com/JOH.

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How You are Helping across Africa
With your support over the past 25 years, the African Children’s Choir has grown into a much larger entity called Music for Life, bringing together the Choir and a number of projects in Africa. The African Children’s Choir remains the ambassadors for millions of vulnerable children, bringing their stories and message of hope to the world.

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Capital: Khartoum Population: 40.2 million GDP per Capita: $934 (2006) Life Expectancy: 50.3 years HIV/ AIDS Infection: 350,000– 600,000

Sudan

MFL RESPONDS:
• • • • • Operating 15 primary and 1 secondary schools Currently educating approximately 3500 children Teachers’ Training College Skills Training Center and Mobile Medical Clinic Ongoing spiritual encouragement, leadership training and life skills seminars, PTSD clinics, and relief shipments • Ongoing partnerships with local organizations

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Capital: Kigali Population: 10.2 million GDP per Capita: $242 (2006) Life Expectancy: 49.8 years HIV/AIDS Infection: 150,000 (2007)

Rwanda

MFL RESPONDS:
• 50+ students sponsored • Volunteer teams host camps; provide additional education programs and support • Post-genocide counselling for PTSD and food and supply shipments • Funding for community development projects • Support for Gisimba Memorial Center • • • • • Capital: Kampala Population: 29.6 million GDP per Capita: $346 (2006) Life Expectancy: 52.3 years HIV/ AIDS Infection: 940,000 (2007)

Uganda

MFL RESPONDS:
• • • • • • • • • First African Children’s Choir in 1984 100+ former Choir children sponsored in secondary schools 40+ former Choir children sponsored in colleges and universities Additional courses, workshops and camps offered during school breaks Volunteer teams host camps; provide additional education programs and support Music for Life Centers offer music, dance, nutrition and life skills 200 students sponsored at African Outreach Academy 200 students sponsored at 2 primary schools in Kampala slum 150+ former Choir children enrolled at African Children’s Choir Primary School

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Capital: Pretoria Population: 43.8 million GDP per Capita: $5,133 (2006) Life Expectancy: 42.4 years HIV/ AIDS Infection: 5.7 million (2007)

South Africa

MFL RESPONDS:
• • • • Focus on Nkomazi region devastated by HIV/AIDS and drought 10 Music for Life Centers offer music, dance, nutrition and life skills Music for Life Junior Academy – a boarding school for Choir children 3 Choir Tours from area

Nigeria
• • • • • Capital: Nairobi Population: 38.0 million GDP per Capita: $650 (2006) Life Expectancy: 56.6 years HIV/AIDS Infection: 1.5 — 2.0 million (2007 est)

Ghana
Accra 23.4 million $532 (2006) 59.5 years 260,000(2007)

Kenya

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Capital: Population: GDP per Capita: Life Expectancy: HIV/AIDS Infection:

Abuja 138.3 million $917 (2006) 47.8 years 2.6 million (2007)

MFL RESPONDS:
• • • • 2nd highest number of children selected for Choir tours Ongoing mentorship and support for returning Choir children 75+ former Choir children supported Volunteer teams host camps; provide additional education programs and support • 2 Music for Life Centers offer dance, music and nutrition

MFL RESPONDS:
• Sponsorship of former Choir children in Secondary and Post-Secondary school • Ongoing support of King’s Kids Primary School in Nigeria • Ongoing support of Living Stone Primary School in Ghana

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25 YEARS
As the African Children’s Choir celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary, we look back on how far we’ve come, and look ahead to where we’re going. It all started with a song.

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Over twenty-five years ago an encounter between one man and one small boy would change the lives of millions around the world. Ray Barnett’s humanitarian work took him around the world, including several trips to war-torn Uganda in the late 1970s and early 1980s. On one trip, Ray and his companions gave a small boy a ride from his decimated home to the safety of another village. During the journey, the child did what he knew how to do best–-he sang. In the midst of despair, the boy’s song revealed a glimmer of hope, a reminder of the beauty and dignity of this boy and his people. A veteran of appealing for support, Ray dealt regularly with hesitancy and apathy, and wanted a way to bridge the gap between the need in Africa and the hearts of people in the West. “When I went back to Canada and people were not very interested in Uganda, I remembered this small boy,” Ray explained. “I knew that if only a group of these beautiful children could go to the West, people

would be deeply moved and would certainly want to help.” In April 1984 Ray and a team of volunteers went to Uganda to select 31 vulnerable children who would become the first African Children’s Choir. That September, the Choir landed in North America and achieved much more throughout their tour than Ray could have imagined. The Choir inspired audiences with their stories and raised enough funds to open the first Children’s Home. The Home provided a stable environment and a quality education for the Choir children and additional children who needed care. While Ray had thought of the Choir as a one-time endeavour, the Choir’s instant popularity and the ongoing needs in Uganda convinced him to continue. A second Choir was selected from the Children’s Home, and the African Children’s Choir began another tour.

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The Choir’s success meant that it was able to provide for many children beyond those in the Choir. Over the next few years, six more children’s homes were established to care for vulnerable children, many of whom had been orphaned by the war. The intense civil war in Uganda left many children unable to attend school, so the African Children’s Choir established a number of special Literacy schools.There, hundreds of children learned to read and write, and gained confidence and skills that ensured a brighter future. The organization next established a sponsorship program to help the children move further in their schooling. People from the West were now able to help the students continue their education at regular primary and secondary schools. Hope was returning to East Africa, but a new killer had entered the picture—AIDS. The AIDS epidemic was wreaking additional havoc on the struggling country. Meanwhile, changing Government policies required that children should remain with family as much as possible. Already over-burdened families were feeling the strain of taking in more needy children. These new developments prompted the Choir to consider a new model. Having one central location would allow students to keep in closer contact with families, while relieving many struggling families of the pressures of providing for additional children. The organization responded by opening its first boarding school: the African Outreach Academy. The school provided a stable environment and a quality education; a lifeline for hundreds of children whose families had been affected by AIDS. In years to come, the Choir would build two more boarding schools specifically for returning Choir children; Music for Life Primary School in 2001 and the new African Children’s Choir Primary school in 2009. (For more information on these schools, see page 10). The African Children’s Choir has always been where help was needed most, adapting over the years to meet needs along the way. Thousands of children had been helped in Uganda, but Ray knew that his job and the work of the Choir were far from done. Ray was moved to help with similarly tragic situations in the neighbouring countries of Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Rwanda. The Choir began selecting Kenyan children for tour in 1990 (Kenya is now second to Uganda in the number of children in the Choir). Firmly established in the country, the organization was able to quickly respond with emergency food and supplies during the violence surrounding the 2008 Presidential Election. The African Children’s Choir responded to the 1992 crisis in Somalia, sending emergency food, medical supplies and education supplies. Before publicity campaigns about the Lost Boys of Sudan, the African Children’s Choir was working in the war-torn country, providing emergency relief and establishing development projects.Today, the organization supports 15 primary schools, a secondary school, a skills training center for practical skills like carpentry and brick-laying, and one of the area’s few teacher’s training colleges to help re-build the local education system. In 1994, the Rwandan genocide made headlines around the world. Not long after, the Choir was there; its work seemingly tailor-made for the children of Rwanda. Children suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress have benefited significantly from music and dance. For the Rwandan children chosen to be part of the African Children’s Choir, it was a huge step forward. Next, the organization expanded to Nigeria and Ghana. As in East Africa, AIDS was taking its toll, its rapid spread leaving thousands of children orphaned and vulnerable. New Choir children were selected from these countries and the organization ensured that they would be supported all the way through college or university. As the new millennium arrived Ray learned of an area in South Africa decimated by AIDS. In the Nkomazi region thousands of orphaned children had to fend for themselves and raise their brothers and sisters. A Choir was formed from the area to raise awareness and secure funding for the devastated region. Based on the transformation seen in the Choir children, a powerful new program was born in South Africa. The first Music for Life Center was established in South Africa to provide benefits to children not touring with the Choir. Music and dance lessons, tutoring and nutrition were offered in a loving Christian environment, and the program quickly became the greatest source of joy in the lives of many children. The organization has recently opened similar Centers in nine more locations in South Africa, as well as two in Kenya and two in Uganda. At these Centers, the children are nurtured into confident young men and women, equipped with the skills and determination to improve
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Others have recognized that the children of the Choir vividly paint a positive vision for Africa’s future, and have brought their captivating smiles and talent to prestigious stages over the years. The Choir has represented all of Africa’s children to Presidents and royalty, at events like Live 8 and World AIDS Day, and to massive global audiences through TV programs and film soundtracks. In the West, the children’s music has brought hope and healing to places like Ground Zero in New York and in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. In Kenya, the children sang as brothers and sisters in a country divided by tribal tensions. While the significance of this global audience is enormous, the organization continues to help Africa’s most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa tomorrow. After 25 incredible years, not a day has passed without a Choir on tour. Thousands have been helped yet it is clear that the work of the Choir is far from complete. Every day in Africa, thousands more children are left vulnerable because of AIDS, poverty, and war. Countless more lack access to clean drinking water, proper nutrition, and education. The children singing in the Choir—and the thousands they represent— are the future leaders of Africa; educated men and women of strong Christian faith and character, prepared to be the role-models for the next generation. their communities and their nations. (See more on page 13.) Just as one boy’s song captured Ray’s imagination, the African Children’s Choir has stolen the hearts of people around the world. Believe with us, join with us and help the African Children’s Choir continue to transform whole nations—one child at a time.

You too can be an “Auntie” or “Uncle”! Chaperone with the African Children’s Choir
The African Children’s Choir is actively seeking Tour Chaperones to tour primarily within the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom. This is an incredibly fulfilling way to impact children’s lives, and a travel experience unlike any other! Serve as an “Uncle” or “Auntie”, offering mentorship as a chaperone*, and applying your practical skills in one of many roles: Administrator, Teacher, Product Salesperson, Music Supervisor, Sound Technician, Bus Driver, or even Tour Leader.

Download an application today at africanchildrenschoir.com/help/volunteer Volunteer@africanchildrenschoir.com | 1-877-532-8651
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1st African Children’s Choir tours to North America (1) 1st Children’s Home established in Kampala. 1st three literacy schools founded in Kampala Choir tours behind the Iron Curtain in Communist East Berlin 6 additional Children’s Homes established in Uganda

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6th Tour includes children from Kenya (2) African Outreach Academy established in Luwero, Uganda Emergency aid sent to Somalia The African Children’s Choir nominated for a Grammy Award Relief aid begins in Sudan 10th Anniversary! (3)

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3 Primary Schools and Teacher Training College established in Sudan Makindye Choir Training Academy established in Kampala (4) 18th Tour includes children from Ghana & Nigeria

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Music for Life Primary School opens in Kampala (5) Music for Life begins work in Nkomazi region of South Africa Choir sings at Ground Zero in New York City 24th Tour includes children from Rwanda 20th Anniversary! (6) Choir performs at Nelson Mandela 46664 concert in South Africa (7) Choir performs at Live8 in Hyde Park, London First Music for Life Center established in South Africa Choir performs on American Idol special “Idol Gives Back”, and Season 7 finale First tour to Australia (8) Construction of African Children’s Choir Primary School begins Music for Life Junior Academy opens in Komatipoort, South Africa Food containers sent to Kenya and Sudan 25th Anniversary! (9) africanchildrenschoir.com / 8

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Sponsor a child from the Choir or one of the many other children attending the organization’s educational programs in Africa. You’ll be able to develop a long-term relationship with your sponsored child and help your child achieve his or her dreams. * Sponsorship is an on-going monthly commitement. For more information visit africanchildrenschoir.com/help/sponsor or call 1-877-532-8651.
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God chose me to go to school and gave me sponsors to pay for me so I can learn.
-Rose (8, Uganda)

How would your life be different if you had never been to school? Would you have the same job? The same home? In the West, attending school is a requirement. In Africa it is a
privilege, one that thousands of children miss out on because they are too poor. Yet around the world, education is seen as the key to ending poverty. Even the most basic reading, writing, and math skills can lead to jobs that can earn money for food, clothing, and medical care.
Helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today… The African Children’s Choir realized early on that education is the key to long-term change in Africa and made this its primary focus. Why is education so important? “Because you learn things,” says 11-year old Tony. “I have learned to know how my ancestors lived so I know if I need to change it or not.” The children know first-hand just how difficult life is for those who do not have an education. Families will sacrifice food, shelter and medical care to send their children to school. “The children really value school, and look at it as a privilege,” says former Choir chaperone and teacher Jenny Kohlrus. “They value education and know that it will change their lives and their countries.” …so they can help Africa tomorrow! Joshua is a 10-year old from Uganda and member of the 31st African Children’s Choir. His time on tour has opened up a whole new future. Like all African children, Joshua has the potential to make a difference. He knows that by studying and learning, his future is wide open, in spite of the circumstances he has come from. “When you finish studying you can help other people” he says. “Like when their eyes are sick, you can help them.” Joshua would like to be an Optometrist one day. The Choir supports the education of thousands of underprivileged children like Joshua, providing sponsorship for tuition and supplies. The organization also operates a number of schools in Uganda, South Africa and Southern Sudan. Music for Life Primary School - Uganda In 2001, Music for Life Primary School was built to provide a home for returning Choir children and to expand on the unique education received while on tour. When Joshua’s tour is over, he is assured of his place at the boarding school where he will be loved, cared for, nurtured spiritually and supported as he reaches for his dreams. Music for Life Primary School blends positive elements of both Western and African culture. While on tour the children have an amazing range of personal experiences and their teachers hope the children can use those experiences to make connections not only with the way things are, but also with the way things could be. An example of one such connection is Moses, a member of the first African Children’s Choir. While on tour Moses admired the smooth roads, comparing them to the potholed roads near his home in Kampala. That time on tour inspired Moses to study engineering and become a Chief Engineer for the City of Kampala. When it came time to build the school, Moses was contracted by the African Children’s Choir to supervise construction. Music for Life Primary School has since established itself as one of the top schools in Kampala. Academically, students consistently achieve some of the highest National exam marks; members of the school’s Mathematical Society have won competitions; and one student is even a prize-winning artist. The school’s champion soccer and volleyball teams are a force to be reckoned with but always impressing Headmaster Mark Williams and their coaches with their outstanding sportsmanship. The success of the African Children’s Choir has meant that the number
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of students enrolled has exceeded the space available in the school. A larger, upgraded facility is under construction on a 15-acre campus near Entebbe. The new campus, aptly named The African Children’s Choir Primary School, is expected to welcome students in the Fall of 2009. African Children’s Choir Junior Academy – South Africa In South Africa, the African Children’s Choir works in one of the areas hardest hit by AIDS: the Nkomazi region in Mpumalanga province. When the organization began its work here, over half the population was under age three, and over 2700 children were orphaned. Three Choirs have since been formed from children in this region, and the organization was determined that these children would be taken care of upon their return. The question was, how and where? In 2008 the African Children’s Choir established a Christian boarding school in Komatipoort, near the Southern edge of the Kruger National park. The African Children’s Choir Junior Academy would be home to former and future Choir children from the area. The school also serves as a Training Center for future Choirs from this area. Former Choir members are encouraged to help teach dancing and drumming to the younger students. “It is wonderful to see these children impart to the new ones what they have learned over the years. The new children are excited to learn and want to be just like the older ones,” says Di Babb, the facility’s Operations Manager. The school currently offers classes from grades three to seven and the students continue to excel well into secondary school. credited through Kyimboga University in Kampala, Uganda in 2008. Teacher Training College - Southern Sudan In Southern Sudan, Music for Life is working with several other nongovernmental organizations to rebuild the country’s entire educational infrastructure, decimated during the decades-long civil war. Over 15 primary and two secondary schools have been established in Kajo Keji County, with over 3500 students enrolled. In 2000, the first primary Teacher Training School began operations, certifying a new generation of teachers based on the Ugandan National Curriculum and Teachers Standards. The school was officially acThe first class graduated in 2002 and the new teachers are working all over Southern Sudan, providing new leadership for a country just developing after a devastating war that killed or displaced millions. Music for Life also operates a skills training center for local youth and war widows that includes courses in the trades. Through these schools and the sponsorship of hundreds of other students in Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Ghana, the African Children’s Choir is truly “helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa tomorrow.”

When I grow up I want to be a nurse
- Esther (9, Uganda)

When I grow up I want to be a president
- Gilbert (11, Uganda)
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AFRICANCHILDREN’SCHOIR PRIMARY SCHOOL
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

The success of the African Children’s Choir has created a happy dilemma; the current Music for Life Primary School is overflowing! Approximately 150 students are currently enrolled at a facility originally built for 90!
The temporary solution is to house and school students in the lower grades at a satellite campus approximately 20 minutes away. The Choirs in training are at yet a third facility. This is not ideal for a number of reasons. But there is a solution! Plans were made and construction has begun for a new, upgraded education facility on a 15-acre parcel of land near Entebbe, on the shores of Lake Victoria. The new campus will house up to 200 students, with the possibility of expanding to 400. Additional staff and guest housing will be built on site and a new Choir Training Center will allow children to continue their classes with their peers. The Assembly Hall and Amphitheater will provide a meeting place for students and the community. A full soccer pitch will accommodate the school’s championship soccer teams. The campus will also have a garden to help with science lessons and to provide some of the school’s food needs. Landscaping has been designed with lots of open spaces for play, and other spaces for quiet reflection or study. The children are excited to move to the new facility in late summer-early fall of 2009. When asked why she’s excited about the new school, 11-year old Lydia replied, “I’m looking forward to learning and having new friends. And seeing Lake Victoria. When you do well in school you can help others and help your family.”

To donate to this campaign, please call 1-877-532-8651 or visit africanchildrenschoir.com/accps
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“With the MFL group going to the schools every week, it is obvious that the children have learned songs, dances and life skills,” says Eunice Odieo, a former Choir member, now a Center volunteer. “The children are very keen and always ready to learn new things.” Each term culminates in a scheduled performance for friends and family, giving these children a rare opportunity to shine and build faith in themselves!

Centers across Africa
Music and dance can forever alter a life. The joy witnessed in each member of the African Children’s Choir is evidence that song and dance can transcend life’s difficulties and minister to the spirit. This belief led Music for Life to present an after-school program to share Christ’s love based on the Choir model to local communities across Africa. Called Music for Life Centers, the program offers similar opportunities for growth to children beyond the Choir, in some of Africa’s most desperate situations. The mission of the Music for Life Centers is simple but powerful; “To uplift, inspire and empower children through involvement in Music and Dance, and the Performing Arts as a whole.” Music for Life Centers partner with local schools to purposefully select approximately 50 of the most vulnerable children to participate in this extra-curricular program. Exposure to the performing arts has proven to be the catalyst for significant changes in their young lives. Music for Life began its work in 2002 in the Nkomazi region of South Africa, an area devastated by unemployment, drought, AIDS and HIV. The vision to bring the Choir model to this devastated area became reality in 2006 when three Centers were established, each week providing the opportunity for singing, dancing and life skills training. The musical aspect alone has been excellent in facilitating development in areas such as listening skills, memory retention, teamwork and goal setting. In addition to ministering to the children’s educational, emotional, and spiritual needs, snacks and/or lunches are provided with each session, sometimes the only food a child will eat that day. The results of this project are tangible. Di Babb, Operations Manager in South Africa, shares the story of one boy named Sipho. In his eight short years, Sipho has lost all four of his siblings, his mother, and is left in the care of his alcoholic father. Local school staff, recognizing Sipho’s dire situation, collaborated with Music for Life to have him admitted into Music for Life Center program. With staff fostering a safe and trusting relationship with him, Sipho was able to open up about his home situation. The change in his countenance is visible. Di Babb now reports, “It is obvious he feels loved and cared for in a way he’s never before experienced.” It is for children like Sipho that this program exists. Involvement in the performing arts - within a stimulating and caring environment - affirms basic rights, infuses self-esteem, and builds life skills. The personal changes are undeniable; workers and school administrators bear witness to heightened confidence, focus in class, and most importantly, smiles on faces that once had none!

In just four years the growth has been astonishing. Music for Life is now privileged to serve ten schools weekly in South Africa. The program also includes two Centers each in Kenya and Uganda, modified only to remain culturally relevant. All have met with the same positive results. The desire to ensure each individual child’s emotional, social and spiritual needs are met is promoting positive development in each community. Relationships and personal contact with the most vulnerable children have opened the door to help meet many families’ most pressing needs by providing food and medical care.

In keeping with Music for Life’s mission of “helping Africa’s most vulnerable today, so they can help Africa tomorrow”, many young adults who have been helped by Music for Life are also involved, leading the classes and mentoring to the younger children. No one can understand these children better than those who have shared their history. David Kanyosya is one such former Choir member who now works for Music for Life in Kenya. “The children have opened up to the young adults since they feel associated to them,” he says. “Some of them have lived in the same neighborhoods and have experienced and lived similar lives before they joined Music for Life. This has enabled the leaders to counsel and give hope to the children in a more personal level and as a result enriching the value of MFL programs.” Mwai Githinji, the Kenya Office Administrator says, “with so much praise from the school administration and the children too, our young adults are more than zealous to reach out to many other children and see their lives changed and transformed for good.” The added dimension of having the older teach the younger is a blessing, creating a beautiful cycle unique to Music for Life that ripples outward even as it comes full circle. The Music for Life Centers fulfill the original hope of the organization: helping Africa’s most vulnerable today, so they can help Africa tomorrow. “We hope that we would have put a ray of hope for the little children’s hearts”, says Eunice, “and give them hope for a better future.”

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Take the Choir home with YOU!
African Children’s Choir Music CD’s & DVD Title:
Still Walking in the Light Because You Loved Me Devotion It Takes a Whole Village Still Walking in the Light (DVD) Teach Me To Dance (DVD)

It Takes A Whole Village
A showcase of some of the Choir’s favorite traditional African songs, along with a few English favorites!

Still Walking in the Light
A LIVE! celebration of the Choir’s 15th Anniversary! Featuring favorites like “O Happy Day” and “This Little Light of Mine!”

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Devotion
A collection of some of the Choir’s beautiful praise and worship songs

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Because You Loved Me
Favorite songs from some of the Choir’s classic earlier albums

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DVD - Still Walking in the Light
A LIVE performance celebrating the African Children’s Choir 15th Anniversary

DVD - Teach Me To Dance
A LIVE performance celebrating the African Children’s Choir 20th Anniversary

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