| Dear Friend, |
Thanks to your support and God’s provision, 2018 was a monumental year for Music for Life! Together, we made a tremendous impact on the children and communities we serve.
While it’s difficult to quantify our work with mere numbers, we feel it’s important to measure the impact we’re making so we can see the bigger picture and the broader story God is writing through you, our staff, volunteers, church and ministry partners, and the very children we work with.
We hope you’re inspired/encouraged by the impact you’ve helped us make, and that you enjoy reading the experiences of some of the people whose lives you’ve helped changed.
We are Music for Life – the charity that runs the African Children’s Choir and Ubuntu Africa touring programs. In addition to the quality education programs we provide, a significant part our mission is to reach children through our Music for Life outreach programs. These programs provide a spiritual and motivational lifeline for other children in desperate need back in Africa.
|Providing a quality education to the children who have traveled with the African Children’s Choir is one of our highest priorities. This means creating an environment where children not only have access to the best learning tools, but are also allowed to express themselves, think critically and feel safe. We celebrate local culture through music and dance and our faith through daily devotions. The children also reach their neighbors through mercy projects delivering food, acts of service and through prayer. |
Our Primary 7 students took their Uganda national exams in November and will be moving on to high school next year. We celebrated the graduation of 24 students in 2018.
In a letter to you, Ronald, who toured with Choir 22 and Young Africans 2, talks about his life in the slum area of Kisumu, Uganda, before tour. He discusses losing his father and the detrimental effect it had on his mother and five siblings, and details the “profound impact” the choir had on his life, leading to Ronald graduating with a First-Class Honors in Telecommunications and Information Technology from Kenyatta University in 2018.
Ubuntu Africa took Australia by storm during a three-month tour from Melbourne to Brisbane. The performances moved people to standing ovations in almost every location and the Choir members and team made a massive impact on Australian communities.
A few years ago African Children’s Choir creatives, Choir Director, Barbara Serungoji, Technical Director, Andrew Stanley and International Director of Choir Operations, Julia Barnett-Tracy brainstormed about producing a new album and touring show for the Choir. The result was a merging of two worlds, infusing traditional Western Hymns with the vibrant musical style of Uganda.
The construction of phase I of our Empower International Academy is complete! This secondary level school will bring an international standard Christian education to members of the African Children’s Choir and beyond. Please pray with us as we continue to develop the campus and search for the best people to lead our education, discipleship and leadership programs. The school will open to students in February 2020. We would like to thank Engineering Ministries International, USAID ASHA, Living Water International, Ecclesia Church and Empower African Children for support and partnership on this project.
|In 2018 the children featured in the Bernstein Mass, performed at the Long Center in Austin, TX. This epic work, directed by Maestro Peter Bay of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, was organized to celebrate the 100th birthday of the late composer Leonard Bernstein. The African Children’s Choir learned liturgical passages in Latin and joined over 300 performers including the Austin Children’s Choir, Ballet Austin, Conspirare, Ballet Austin and the Austin Symphony Orchestra for two sold out concerts. The experience was a tour highlight for the children, and they warmed the hearts of thousands of audience members. |
With our heartfelt gratitude, we thank you for continuing to be part of the Music for Life family.
Director of Development