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Once selected, the children train for the choir for about six months while beginning their education and receiving health care and proper nutrition. They then tour abroad for about a year in North America, and occasionally the United Kingdom. The funds they raise on tour supports their private education program, including college or university, they will resume once back in Uganda.

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The choir's performances offers audiences a slice of Ugandan culture through stories, vibrant and colorful costumes and high energy singing and drumming. Music and dance are central to the children's culture and are something they are familiar with before they start the program, Lidstone said.

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The choir has often been regarded as touching, entertaining and a great show for all ages, but Lidstone said it is especially good for families and children. She saw the choir for the first time when she was about 7 years old, and said its positive impact upon her has continued.

these children would be living in the city in little one room houses or some of them Adidas Boost Shoes Pink would be coming from slum areas, or little shelters," North American Choir operation manager Sarah Lidstone said. "They are usually living with some sort of guardianship parent, grandmother, aunt but they aren't able to provide appropriate care; they are not going to school regularly and are lacking hygiene and nutrition."

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You wouldn't know that not long ago, the same children lived amid the poverty and slums built on the decades of war aftermath in East Africa's Uganda.

As part of Artown's Encore Series, the 41st African Children's Choir will be stopping in Reno today to share its unique and colorful African culture and music. The choir, based out of Kampala, is composed of 7 to 11 year old children and was founded in 1984 by Ray Barnett, who was awestruck by the voice of a child he encountered while touring the civil war destruction and poverty of Uganda.

´╗┐African Children's Choir performs in Reno today

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"As a child it was a great way to open my eyes to another culture and because it was children my age, or similar, I felt like that could be me I could relate to them," Lidstone said. "Just having a little piece of Africa in Reno is a neat opportunity for families. These children come from practically nothing, and the joy and beauty they present is overwhelming. todayCelebrity Showroom, John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave.

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children who can benefit from the program, including children that really need the help and can respond well to the intensive education program, Lidstone said.

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"Our motto is 'helping Africa's most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa tomorrow.' We are trying to work with these children so they can promote and facilitate the change," Lidstone said. "The poverty in Uganda is like the poverty in other impoverished, war torn areas in Africa, but when we started in Uganda, there was brutal reign and dire circumstances. Uganda has made some good strides, but walking into a child's home or slum is still overwhelming, even after years of peace."

Ugandan children from the African Children's Choir.(Photo: Handout)Eighteen children smile and dance, raising their voice in unison as they perform "This Little Light of Mine" before crowds eager to share in the abundant enthusiasm they exude.

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communities bringing about different ways of living," Lidstone said. "During the tour, they also talk about the programs going on in Africa and the other children like them that can't perform. They are ambassadors for people back home, while raising funds for education."

Throughout nearly 30 years, the choir has performed a variety of African and gospel songs on tour, including "Amazing Grace," "I am the Shepherd," "Walking in the Light," and "Teach Me to Dance Ndyahimbisa Mukama." They have also been featured on the talk show "Ellen" with musician Daughtry and as guests on the music competition show, "American Idol."

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