Watoto Children‘s Choir & Children’s Villages

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The Watoto choirs have performed in numerous countries, with celebrities, on talk shows (ex. Ellen and Good Morning America), at the White House and Parliament, and have performed three times for Queen Elizabeth II, most recently at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle.

The Watoto model is based on the core vision to rescue, raise and rebuild.

It comprises the construction of children’s villages, which provide a homely environment, where children are housed, clothed, fed, educated and spiritually discipled, with the intention to train and equip them as future leaders. The goal is to provide holistic, residential care for every child so that each one will become a responsible Christian and a productive citizen of Uganda and Africa.

The villages cater for children (2 years of age and above), while Watoto has also set up homes for babies to care for those abandoned or left vulnerable between the age of 0 and 2.

Watoto children’s homes are constructed in the form of small, vibrant communities we refer to as villages.

The village setting is representative of a familiar traditional dwelling for many ethnic groups in Africa. The houses are positioned in clusters with all the essentials of any basic home in a developed country. Each village contains a nursery school, a kindergarten, primary school, high school, vocational training centre, water project, medical clinic and a multi-purpose hall for use as a church and community centre. The villages provide safe and open outdoor spaces with beautiful vegetation and plenty of space to live and play.

A Watoto family consists of a housemother who cares for 8 children (starting at 2 years old and above). Infants between the age of 0 to 2 are cared for at Baby Watoto.

In one house, there are three bedrooms, one for the mother and two for the children. The house incorporates a communal area with a dining and lounge space. The dining area is an important tool in the creation of a family environment. Watoto homes are also designed to have running water and a bathroom, which are rare in rural Africa.

In conjunction with the ministry’s home church, Watoto runs a programme called Father’s Heart. Respectable men from the church regularly visit the children in their villages and provide the father figure and male role models needed to complete the family structure.

Visit Watato’s main website: www.watoto.com

Project Gulu

In 2007, Watoto turned its attention to the child soldier crisis in Northern Uganda. What we found is a community – children, women and men – left despondent, desperate and stripped of dignity, value and hope.

Watoto set out to work alongside the local Government in this region to identify the core needs of the community for the purpose of healing and restoration both individually and as a whole.

Living Hope

The most marginalised and wounded people in Africa are women. Left abandoned or widowed, many of them HIV+ and physically mutilated, they are destitute fearing that their children will soon join the ranks of Africa’s countless orphans.

Sustainability

The Watoto mission is not simply about saving as many orphaned children and vulnerable women as possible. It is about raising them up to become future leaders who will bring about sustainable change in their nation. It is, therefore, critical to generate self-sustainability for continuing development.