AC Choir profile: Meet Dr. Robert Kalyesubula

In the lead-up to the African Children's Choir concert at Grantham Church on Nov. 27, we're profiling some members of the choir to show what a difference it's made in their lives. 

Dr. Robert Kalyesubula grew up in a large family. 

With 10 kids sharing one house, he often didn’t even have a place to sleep because his home in Uganda was so crowded. 

He also lacked a consistent source of clothing and food. 

He wasn’t even going to school before he joined the African Children’s Choir. But when he found ACC, his life changed. 

Suddenly, he had food, shelter and a new set of friends. 

“I was able to play with the others without fearing and wondering what I was going to eat the next day,” he says. 

Robert toured with the first ACC, and then he returned to Uganda, where ACC paid for him and his brothers to go to school. He eventually earned a degree in medicine in Kampala. 

He has another brother who also became a doctor, thanks to ACC. 

Today, Robert gives his services to the village where he grew up, and he credits ACC with giving him the support he needed to succeed.

AC Choir profile: Meet Catherine Macharia

In the lead-up to the African Children's Choir concert at Grantham Church on Nov. 27, we're profiling some members of the choir to show what a difference it's made in their lives. 

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As a child, Catherine Macharia was unable to attend school. 

She grew up in Langas, a slum in Eldoret, Kenya. During her childhood, Catherine endured political turmoil and great uncertainty that prevented her, early on, from getting an education. 

That changed when she joined the African Children’s Choir. 

Through her two-year stint in the choir, she gained access to schooling and toured the West. 

She came home determined to help others as she’d been helped. 

In 2011, Catherine received a nursing degree, and she now works as a midwife not far from where she grew up. 

Catherine says God gave her a chance to change lives and make a difference in women’s lives, and she says her time with the African Children’s Choir was “the greatest experience of her life.” 

 

 

What Is the African Children's Choir?

The African Children’s Choir offers a way for children in need of education, care and housing in Africa to get all three, while also sharing their joyous voices with the world.

The choir was founded by Ray Barnett, who visited Uganda on a humanitarian mission more than three decades ago.

While transporting a boy from his home, which had been destroyed in the war, to a new village, Barnett was charmed and awed when the child began to sing. Barnett returned to his native Canada resolved to bring new attention to the struggles of the war-torn country. But he found that just talking to people wasn’t having the desired effect.

Barnett decided to form a choir of African children who could perform in the West while also drawing attention to the plight of Uganda and other struggling nations.

The first choir included 31 children and raised financing for a home in Makerere. Kids in the choir, along with some others in desperate need, stayed there and received the care and teaching they needed to make better lives for themselves down the road. Six other homes popped up in subsequent years.

The choir has financed literacy schools in Uganda and continues to tour across the west to raise awareness of the plight of African children. Now it also includes sponsorship opportunities to help kids stay in secondary school. Many of them go on to post-secondary education as well.

The program Music for Life has spread to seven African countries, and ACC’s tours raise money to support the group as it fights for orphans and others in Africa who need help, including those impacted by AIDS.

We feel blessed and honored that the African Children’s Choir has made Grantham Church one of its stops along the way. We can’t wait to hear their performance on Nov. 27. 

Grantham Church is thrilled to host the African Children's Choir

Be sure to join us as the African Children’s Choir performs at Grantham Church on Sunday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. 

Come and experience a performance that shows the beauty, dignity, and potential of each African child! The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals, and rhythmic gospel favorites.

In spite of the tragedies that have marred their young lives, the children are radiant with hope, musically gifted, and always wonderfully entertaining. We’re looking forward to seeing you at this inspirational performance!

Admission is free for all ages; a free-will offering will follow the concert.