The internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir will appear in concert at numerous locations throughout Maine in the coming weeks.
The choir consists of a group of African children between the ages of 5 and 12, selected from especially needy children in East Africa. They peform a wide variety of songs, including well-loved children’s songs, popular gospel tunes, and traditional spirituals, accompanied by drums and ethnic instrumentation.
The choir was honored in 1993 with a Grammy nomination in the category of “best gospel choir.” Free-will offerings will be taken during the concerts.
Proceeds from the concerts help to shelter, feed and educate more than 5,000 orphaned or deserted children in Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Rwanda. Through the relief organization, Friends In The West, the proceeds also are used to equip orphanages and train orphanage workers in Rwanda. In addition, they fund summer camp programs for destitute children in Africa.
Friends In The West also provides building supplies, medicines and medical equipment to dozens of orphanages and children’s hospitals in Albania. The organization also has relief efforts under way to help children in Bosnia and Croatia.
The concerts, many of them sponsored by local churches, are being held at the following Maine locations:
Lincoln — 11 a.m. Sunday, Community Evangel Temple.
Houlton — 7 p.m. Sunday, Houlton High School Auditorium.
Ellworth — 7 p.m. Wednesday, The Grand Auditorium.
Belfast — 7 p.m. Friday, Troy Howard Middle School.
Skowhegan — 7 p.m. July 6, municipal building.
Dexter — 7 p.m. July 7, Dexter Regional High School.
Brewer — 7 p.m. July 10, Calvary Baptist Church.
Thomaston — 7 p.m. July 12, Georges Valley High School gym.
Bangor — 10 a.m. July 14, Glad Tidings Church.
Charleston — 7 p.m. July 14, Charleston Pentecostal Church.
Auburn — 7 p.m. July 17, East Auburn Bapist.
Wells — 7 p.m. July 19, Messiah Christian Church.
Eliot — 7 p.m. July 20, Christian Life Fellowship.
Scarborough — 6 p.m. July 21, St. Maximilian Kolbe.