Watoto Children's Choir

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Watoto Children's Choir
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Origin Uganda
InstrumentsDrums, a cappella singing
Years active1994–present
LabelsWatoto Publishing
Website https://www.watoto.com/ watoto.com]

Watoto Children's Choir is a group of African children choirs based in Kampala, Uganda, at Watoto Church (formerly Kampala Pentecostal Church or KPC). [1] [2] [3] Each is composed of about eighteen to twenty-two children from Uganda.

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Watoto Church Church in Kampala, Uganda

Watoto Church, formerly Kampala Pentecostal Church (KPC) is an English-speaking cell-based community church located around East Africa and headquartered in Kampala, Uganda. The vision of the church is "an English speaking cell-based community church, celebrating Christ, growing and multiplying as each one reaches one, touching those around us with the love of Jesus, bringing healing to the cities and the nations." Watoto means "the children" in Swahili.

Watoto means "Children" in Swahili language. The choir is made up of children who have lost one or both parents to the AIDS epidemic or to war. [4] The choir has toured Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Israel, The Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and many other countries. The choir travels with a team of adults who look after the children and also manage the day-to-day affairs of the tour on the road.

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Their performances are a blend of native African rhythms, contemporary gospel music and creative dance. They have released several albums including Mambo Sawa and Beautiful Africa. Their latest album "Signs and Wonders" features live music played throughout the concerts on most of the tours.

They have performed with many artists like Chris Tomlin, Brad and Rebekah, Israel Houghton and many more. They have also been to the UK Houses of Parliament, Canadian Parliament, Australian Parliament as well as the White House on different occasions.

Their unique ministry also comprises Watoto Child Care Ministries, three babies' homes, social work services, medical clinics, pastoral and discipleship, three primary schools, a high school, a vocational school among other services. All these facilities are on the communities (children's villages) that have been built by the church for some of the most vulnerable orphans and children with no one and no where to go.

Started in 1994, Watoto Child Care Ministries is a branch of the Watoto Church in Uganda that builds villages with schools, churches, medical centers, and homes and populates them with new families built from orphans and widows. Currently there are three villages: Bbira and Suubi near Kampala and Laminadera outside Gulu. Other projects being undertaken by Watoto Child Care Ministries include baby homes, vocational training, and farms to support the villages. Watoto Child Care Ministries is also the organization that runs the Watoto Children's Choir which tours internationally every year. Watoto aims to "raise the next generation of African leaders".

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