SARTELL -- Since January, the Watoto Children's Choir of Africa have been stopping at churches throughout the the United States as part of their six month tour.

The group is made up of 22 children ages 17 and younger, who perform original African music, dances and tell life-transforming stories.

Phillip Mugerwa is the Watoto Children's Choir team leader. He says the tour is meant as a celebration.

"It's a celebration of God's goodness and as we sing, dance and engage people in worship, we want people to have a good time and learn more about what's happening in Africa," says Mugerwa.

The choir started as a way to help orphaned African children, find a place where they can belong.

"All the children in the choir have lost their parents and as Watoto we care for over 3,000 children and our goal is to rescue over 10,000 and give them a home," says Mugerwa.

The Watoto Children's Choir performed at Celebration Lutheran Church this evening (Tuesday) and will make two more stops in Minnesota before heading to Colorado to end the tour.

"It's been a blessing, where ever we have gone here in the U.S. we have been welcomed. American people have been wonderful people and we feel blessed to be here," says Mugerwa.

The choir will head back to Africa on July 4th.


Watoto Children's Choir from Africa performed for an audience at Sartell. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)