The Watoto Children’s Choir, a renown touring chorale group comprised of orphans from Uganda, will hold two concerts in central Maine this week.

Eighteen kids and 12 adults will perform a blend of contemporary gospel music and ethnic dance with native African rhythms. The first concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the United Methodist Church on Park Avenue in Auburn. The second will be at 7 p.m. on Friday at Durham Elementary School on Hallowell Road.

Both concerts will be free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted.

The Watoto Children’s Choir started 10 years ago as part of the Watoto Child Care Ministries, an organization established to help Ugandan children who lost one or both of their parents to war or AIDS. Several children’s choirs tour America, Canada and Great Britain every year to raise awareness of the plight of Ugandan children and to raise money for the ministry.

Currently, the Watoto Child Care Ministry cares for 1,200 orphans in family-style foster homes. It is building 117 new homes and two new schools to care for more than 930 more children.

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