KINGSTON- The University of Rhode Island Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies is presenting the Destiny Africa Children’s Choir on Thursday, October 12, 7 p.m., at the URI Fine Arts Center.
Destiny Africa is a choir from Kampala Children’s Centre (KCC) in Uganda that raises their voices in song, hope and joy. The children’s Centre rescues children from war-town areas to offer them love, education, and a family environment which nurtures them to become agents of transformation.
KCC is currently home to 100 children and provides support for many other children in the surrounding community. The vision of the home is to provide at least 1,000 orphans with food, medical care, and education in a safe and nurturing environment.
According to the United States Tour Manager Mary Lou Lamontagne, Destiny Africa has become a voice for millions of suffering children in Africa and the world.
“It is a joyful, fun event with singing and African drumming but it is more than just a concert,” said Lamontagne. “It really affects people, touches their hearts and gives people here a glimpse of a different culture.”
Through their music and art, they are influencing church leaders, leaders of nations, the corporate world and inspiring fellow children, said Lamontagne.
Lamontagne became involved with the choir in 2011 after she researched Destiny Africa and realized the obstacles each child in Uganda has to overcome. In January, she was able to visit the children at KCC in Uganda and said that she returned with a new respect and understanding for the children.
“Before this I never really paid attention to what was going on at the other side of the country but this really spoke to my heart and when I heard about it I knew I had to become involved,” said Lamontagne. “Now that I have been there and see what it is like to grow up in that country, it is a no brainer to become involved.”
Since one of the main focuses of the choir is to influence others, Lamontagne said that she hopes to not only entertain people who attend, but she also would like to open their hearts and minds to a whole different culture. She hopes that the concert will motivate people to volunteer, donate, and become sponsors for the children at KCC.
“This concert is one small step where people can come and really make a difference. I want everyone to have a great time but I also want them to be inspired,” said Lamontagne. “I hope that we gain more followers during this tour and also gain more sponsors for the children at the center.”
The program runs two sponsorship schemes, people interested can either sponsor a child living at KCC, which will cover all of the child’s needs or they have the option to support a child in the local community through KCC.
Information on how to become a sponsor and a list of children who are in need of sponsors, will be available at the concert on Thursday.
The concert on Thursday at the University of Rhode Island is part of the USA Inspire Africa 2013 Autumn Tour. Destiny Africa will also have a local performance at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.12 at Stony Lane Baptist Church, 921 Old Baptist Road, North Kingstown. For more information on tour dates or how to become a sponsor, visit www.destinyafrica.org .