The African Children’s Choir
brings music and a message to Boise Friday night. The music comes from the voices of 18 African children, ages 7 to 10, many of whom come from the villages and slums of Uganda.
"The need in these places is very great," said Eva Nalukwago, chaperone for the African Children’s Choir.
Despite that need, she added, “There is so much energy, potential and joy [the children] give when they are singing.”
The African Children’s Choir is part of Music for Life, a Uganda-based educational program founded in 1984. Since then, donations to the choir have helped educate 52,000 children through the construction of literacy schools and children’s homes.
Organizers said as many as 100,000 people in countries across Africa have been helped through emergency, medical and educational aid, in large part from donations from concertgoers at the end of each ACC performance. The choir will perform Friday, June 3 at Boise's First Presbyterian Church
on State Street, beginning at 7 p.m.
“When you give to the African Children’s Choir, you not only provide for the travel and expenses for the 18 children on stage, but for the education and aid of thousands of children living in poverty back home,” Nakulwago said. “These programs educate children to become doctors, nurses, lawyers and engineers who come back to lead their communities.”
Nakulwago isn't just a chaperone—she was a member of the choir in the 1990s. She said her participation provided her with an education, a sense of community and hope that she wouldn’t have had otherwise. Once a child whose parents couldn’t afford to send her to school, Nakulwago now has a bachelor’s degree in business.
“Without the program, I don’t know where I would be," she said. "The choir gives children a foundation when they have nothing else to rely on.”