The African Children's Choir - Rwanda

I learned about the African Children's Choir from Barbara Mankoski, a patron of ACC, who has been sponsoring one of the orphans at Gisimba Orphanage in Kigali for over 10 years! She has been a enthusiastic supporter of the projects Heather Metcalfe and I have been working on and her devotion to her sponsored child, Jean Claude's well-being, is admirable. 
Below, is a highlight of the ACC's work in Rwanda.  
In 1984, in the midst of Uganda’s bloody civil war, human rights activist Ray Barnett was called on to help the many thousands of orphaned and starving children, abandoned and helpless to feed and protect themselves.

Realizing the enormity of the task Ray and his team came up with a unique approach. The only way to make a meaningful difference was to impact the lives of these children, one child at a time.

"Inspired by the singing of one small boy, we formed the first African Children’s Choir to show the world that Africa’s most vulnerable children have beauty, dignity and unlimited ability."

The first choir group was formed in 1984, selected from orphaned and vulnerable children in Kampala and Luwero, Uganda.  To date, the ACC has extended its reach to Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana.
The African Children's Choir currently provides sponsorship for over 50 Rwandan Choir children, now working on their secondary and post-secondary schooling.

The African Children’s Choir also forged a special relationship with the Gisimba Memorial Center. The Choir helps fund the center, provides assistance with operating costs, meals, clothing, school supplies, and medical care.  The organization also helps support children and staff with counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder and fund various community development projects.

Each year, Music for Life volunteers from around the world conduct enrichment camps for the children at the orphanage and in the surrounding communities. These camps are a time for the children to forget their circumstances and just have fun.