African Children’s Choir leaves impression on Merced

01/30/2014 8:42 PM

01/31/2014 12:07 AM

The African Children’s Choir returned to Gateway Community Church in Merced on Wednesday, giving a stellar harmonic performance for the captive audience.

The choir was brought to Merced through the Music for Life Institute, which works in several countries to provide educational opportunities for vulnerable children. The group consists of children ages 7 to 11 years old, most of whom come from areas near Kampala, Uganda, according to organizers.

The children travel through North America and Britain with a group of adults and their conductor, Veronica Namuyaba, who was once a member of the choir herself.

According to the group’s website, the first choir was formed in 1984. The children were selected from orphaned Ugandan children. The proceeds from their tours go toward establishing schools and fostering literacy in poor children.

To date, more than 1,000 children have participated in the choir program. For more information about the group, go to

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