New Life Children’s Choir Brings a Taste of Ugandan Sunshine to Sileby, Cossin


 

The Abaana New Life Children’s Choir from Uganda paid a memorable three-day visit to Leicestershire and plans a return visit to the UK so might be available for booking by other churches.

 

At St Mary’s Sileby, they sang and danced their way through a high-energy programme, sharing about what God is doing in their communities and what life is like in Uganda. Their vitality, freedom and enthusiasm were coupled with amazing discipline and professionalism and resulted in much applause throughout the programme and a standing ovation at the end.

 

 

The children aged between seven and 15 years old, who form the Abaana New Life Choir, are touring the UK until mid-June . This will be an amazing, literally life-changing experience for the children, most of whom had not travelled outside their local villages, let alone flown thousands of miles from Africa, before joining the Choir. A team of 10 local and Ugandan chaperones are accompanying the children as they travel. Two choir members along with one of their chaperones stayed with different families in the villages of Sileby, Cossington and Seagrave during their visit. This presented a wonderful time to get to know each other. The Choir party were so grateful for the kindness and warm hospitality shown to them.

 

During a free day the whole Choir were welcomed at Hawley Fields Farm in Seagrave and at the associated “WHM Work Connections”. The latter provides person-centred support for adults with disabilities to increase independence, develop valuable life and work skills and to pursue work opportunities. The Choir provided some impromptu singing and dancing and then helped to teach some of those with disabilities to dance. They also visited the various animals on the farm and were fascinated by the robotic milking parlour. It proved to be a wonderful experience for both the locals and the visiting children.

 

 

 

 

The children are drawn from across 14 Ugandan Primary Schools built by Northern Ireland-based charity Abaana. Abaana works with children living in poverty across Uganda. The children are giving concerts in churches, schools and workplaces and sharing about their lives in Uganda.

The aim of the tour is to raise awareness of the plight of other children living in poverty in Uganda and to seek to generate much needed sponsorship for another 200-300 children and rescue more children who are currently living rough on the streets.

From Belfast to Newcastle-upon Tyne, Camberley to Dublin, Glasgow to London, the Choir will be sharing their stories, telling what God is doing in their communities and bringing a little bit of Ugandan sunshine into the lives of all they meet.

Just a few short years ago, one of the choir members was living rough on the streets of Kampala, the capital of Uganda. He was rescued from the streets by Abaana and now lives in the charity’s children’s home and has returned to full time education.

If you would like any further information on the life-changing work of Abaana, either contact the Abaana office on 02891 451918, go to www.abaana.org or follow on Facebook- www.facebook.com/abaana.

 




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