June 28, 2016


Choir travels from Uganda to Medina to perform

MEDINA — An African children’s choir will perform Thursday in downtown Medina.

The Watoto Children’s Choir, from Uganda, is touring the U.S. for six months, and will perform 7 p.m. at the Delorre & LilyJean Haddad Theater in the Medina County Administration Building, 144 N. Broadway St.

The choir’s children serve as ambassadors to raise awareness about poverty and HIV/AIDs in Africa. Each of the children in the choir has lost either one or both parents.

The choir’s music is described as “an energetic fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm.”

The choir is part of Watoto Childcare Ministries, based out of Watoto Church, which provides children with health care, education, counseling and Christian teaching.

The New Direction Church (formerly Blackberry Ridge), based in Medina, is promoting the choir’s stop.

Roger Biada, pastor of the church, said the church requested that the choir visit Medina. He urged the community to come out and support its work.

“I want them to have a great night here,” he said.

Admission is free, but an offering to support the choir’s work will be accepted.

For more information on the choir’s work, visit www.watoto.com.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.