The African Children’s Choir will perform from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at Ovilla Road Baptist Church located at 3251 Ovilla Road in Red Oak. The event is free and open to the public.
The choir is comprised of children ages 7-11 who travel the world raising funds to educate and rebuild countries devastated by famine, war and AIDS – and each child has lost one or both parents to these circumstances, according to a press release. Each choir is led by an official chaperone who has been a choir member.
“We have a school connection with our church – Ovilla Christian School. One of our graduates is now touring with the Canadian tour (of the African Children’s Choir) as a chaperone and another student is interested in doing that,” said Monica Szkorla, church receptionist.
The first choir was formed in 1984 and a new choir is formed each year as the previous choir returns to their homeland to attend school. Their education is completely funded by the African Children’s Choir. There is no admission charge for performances. A free-will offering is taken to support African Children’s Choir education, care and emergency relief programs.
Szkorla said the choir has performed at the church in the past and everyone loved them.
The visiting choir is made up of about 13 children from Uganda and Kenya. The children are home schooled and travel with adult chaperones they call “aunties and uncles,” Szkorla said. They stay in host homes throughout their travels. The children will perform Sunday evening and on Monday the group will utilize a space at the church for a day of classes before departing Tuesday morning.
“People from the church volunteer to host in their homes for two days and the children stay there with their adult chaperones,” Szkorla said. “This will be my first time to host – I will have two children and one adult chaperone.”
The children come from countries where education is not free. Through the choir and its sponsor, Music for Life, education is available to 6,500 children in seven African nations, according to the press release.
“They came when I was a kid and I remember I just loved them,” Szkorla said. “I think it’s exciting. I’ve been to Africa on a mission trip before.”
For information about the African Children’s Choir, visit www.africanchildrenschoir.com.