The Abaana New Life Choir – an amazing choir made up of 20 primary school children from Uganda – has arrived to tour the UK and Ireland.
The children are drawn from across 14 primary schools which have been built by local charity Abaana in some of the poorest communities in Uganda.
The choir will be giving a series of concert, sharing their stories and experiences of life in Uganda and how God is working in their communities.
The concert programme will include traditional African songs with their haunting harmonies, as well as well-known contemporary and gospel songs.
The New Life Choir will be performing in Connor Diocese – with a concert at The Hub, Queen’s University, on February 27; Lisburn Cathedral at 7.30pm on Good Friday, April 19; and at St Mark’s Parish Church, Ballymacash, on Saturday evening June 8.
For a full list of choir concert dates.
Neville Jones, Assistant Director of the Bangor-based charity, said: “Abaana seeks to bring hope to boys and girls living in poverty in Uganda through sharing the Good News of the Gospel and providing access to education.
“We passionately believe that if we can provide a child with a good education, this gives them the best opportunity of securing a job. Then gradually over time, the young person will pull him/herself and very often their family out of poverty.”
One of the members of the choir is 15-year-old Isaac. Just five years ago, Isaac was living rough on the streets of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, with all its dangers and fears. Isaac now lives in Abaana’s New Life Children’s Home and has resumed full time education.