Edube Zelukamu Luka

Edube dreams of becoming a teacher and a professional football player.

“I admire teachers and also love teaching. I know that when I become a footballer, I will be able to get a lot of money that I will use to help children who are homeless,” he says.

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Edube is able to dream because of the support he receives from sponsors around the world, who contribute to his physical care, medical needs, education and general well-being. But his life didn’t always have hope.

Edube’s parents died of AIDS in 2010, leaving him and his siblings in the care of their uncle, who was unable to take care of two families. After Watoto was contacted, Edube (4 years old at the time) and his siblings became part of the Watoto family.

He is now a happy child in Watoto’s Primary School and is on the Watoto Children’s Choir, travelling to UK in January 2015. He will be presenting Watoto’s new album, Oh, What Love.

“On the choir I will be playing drums and singing too. During tour, we will be singing about the love of God and how we have become his children,” says Edube.

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In The Heart Of Our Father

Watoto is a tangible expression of God’s love for the Fatherless. It is home to thousands of Uganda’s orphaned children who have discovered that they are sons and daughters of God.

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All the children who have travelled with the Watoto Children’s Choirs share a story of separation.

“I never saw my parents. Before I came to Watoto, I used to stay with my grand mother and my three sisters,” says 12- year-old Robert Musoke. He’s currently on Choir 71 and will be travelling to Canada in January.

When these children experienced the loss of those whom they loved, they found themselves lost in a world that didn’t know how to embrace them and fill that gap in their lives. They found themselves tangled in fear, worry and need.

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Sometimes in our own journeys we’ve also felt lost, lonely and abandoned. Many of us have also felt the need for a Father’s love. Oh, What Love draws the parallels between the orphan story and our own spiritual journey.

Our stories, like the Watoto Children, take a new twist when Christ intervenes in our lives and reconnects us to the love of the Father. At Watoto the children are given a new life and the opportunity to claim a greater destiny. This is also our inheritance through Jesus: a new life and a greater destiny. We are no longer orphans.

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In Oh, What Love the children declare, ‘We are heirs, children of God…,’ as they proudly glorify the love of the Father for each one of us.

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Drummer Boy

In Africa drums are a part of every little boy’s life. The beat of the drum is entrenched in him. So much so, that he will use any element around to create sound. Stephen Ochan is an African boy, and part of the Watoto Children’s Choir travelling to UK and Europe in January 2015.

“I have always admired people who play drums. Back in the village, we would pretend that jerry cans (water containers) were drums. I dreamed of that one day I would have professional drums that I could play. That’s why I am so excited that I am one of the boys who is chosen to play drums on choir tour,” he says.

While on tour, Stephen will share the transformation that happened in his life when he joined the Watoto family.

Stephen lost his parents to AIDS, leaving him and his siblings in the care of their frail grandmother. AIDS has orphaned many children in Africa, rendering them helpless, and without any hope of fulfilling their purpose.

Stephen represents many children, who without God’s intervention through Watoto, would have no hope. But Stephen’s story has changed.

“I don’t remember my parents. I remember my grandmother. We stayed with her until we joined Watoto,” says Stephen.

At their grandmother’s, the children often went without food. She was sickly and unable to provide for their needs. Local authorities were told about their story and Watoto was contacted thereafter. Stephen and his siblings joined the Watoto family in Gulu soon after.

Stephen currently stays in Watoto’s Laminadera Village in Gulu, northern Uganda. His dream is to become a pilot and a footballer. He will be travelling in the all-new Watoto Children’s Choir production, Oh, What Love in 2015. Find out more here.

This World AIDS Day (1 December 2014), we’re asking you to change the stories of other AIDs-effected children like Stephen by sponsoring a child. Click here and change a story today.

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