Watoto Golf Challenge

GolfChallengeBlog

Have you enjoyed the Watoto Children’s Choir? Well, here’s another fun way in which you can support our precious children.

Play or support a golfer in the 1st ever Watoto Golf Challenge this Father’s Day weekend, while transforming lives in Africa.


Get in the game – no matter what your skill level. Or if you’re unable to participate as a golfer, pledge to contribute towards a golfer.
The challenge will take place in various ways in 3 cities.

In Uganda: Play as many holes of golf during the 3-day Watoto Golf Challenge on Father’s Day weekend, 19-21 June 2015.
As a Golfer: Register for only UGX 20,000 in your district or at the Watoto offices. Every golfer must raise as much support for each hole they play. A minimum of 3 rounds of golf or 54 holes must be played over the duration of the challenge.
As a Supporter: Select a golfer to support. Donate to their cause per hole that they finish. Contribute either online or in person. More details at watoto.com/golfchallenge.

In Canada: Support long-term friend of Watoto, John Burns, pastor of Relate Church in Vancouver Canada in the challenge of his life. At 62, he will attempt to play 200 holes of golf, kicking off just before midnight (23.59pm) on Father’s Day, 21 June 2015 at Peace Portal Golf Course in Surrey, BC. Donate to his cause or come play alongside him on 22 June and you may catch a glimpse of him as he races against the sun to meet his target. Every contribution to support John, goes to Watoto. Donate to him online at watoto.com/golfchallenge today or contact Toll free 1.866.9WATOTO or canada@watoto.com!

In Tampa, USA: Register to play in the traditional golf outing onFriday, 19 June. If you can’t be in Tampa, sign up to donate towards those who are participating. Contact Aubrey Hudson at +1 813 948 4343 X1011 or eMail her at aubrey.hudson@watoto.com. We value every contribution.

When you join the Watoto Golf Challenge, you help make a difference in the lives of orphaned children and vulnerable women in Uganda.

Choir 68 On Stage with Chris Tomlin

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We were honoured to be invited by Grammy-award winning Gospel artist, Chris Tomlin, to join him onstage at his Love Ran Red tour/concert this March  ‘Lord, I Need You,’ which is one of the Tomlin songs that we sing, is a key part of the message of hope that we carry on tour. The celebration of the Gospel of Christ touched thousands of lives that night, and we were thrilled to be a part of that.

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Of course, we love Chris Tomlin’s music, so it goes without saying that the children were overwhelmed with excitement when they were invited back on stage while Chris sang ‘God’s Great Dance Floor’ – a favourite at Watoto Church. The kids were asked to teach the crowd some of their dance moves, and they loved every minute of it.

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Thank you Chris Tomlin for your friendship and love. God bless you.

Leaders Are Born

It’s 8 a.m. on a Monday morning and all the adults from Choir 71 are at a weekly planning meeting. So what happens with the children when the “cat” is away?

Their discipline is not lost. The children behave in the same orderly fashion with maybe a bit more giggling and teasing.

To ensure this, every week the adults in Choir 71 identify an outstanding child with leadership skills to lead the team. This week Denis Opio, a 9-year-old boy becomes captain of the ship.

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Before he begins calling the children together he is interrupted by Pamela, a 12-year-old girl who has also been chosen to lead in the past. “Denis, I’m taking these two with me outside. They have not yet mastered the moves for “Heirs,” she says as she slips out of the room to train the two children.

When the children have all gathered around him, Denis gives them their first instruction. “Vocal warm ups. We start with vocal drills and then…”He’s distracted by some children who are still playing hide-and-seek.

“Today, we are going to run through all the songs, starting with the Canadian national anthem. Let’s continue with the warm ups.” It seems as if Dennis has the entire morning planned out and under control.

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As part of their vocal exercise, they lay down and do push-ups, followed by sit-ups.

It’s now time for the actual practice. Denis ensures that every child is singing right. When he hears one of the children singing off key, he pulls his chair closer to listen again. He then asks them to start over.

“I love leading and I feel happy when the children listen to me and follow my instructions. But sometimes they don’t and this makes me feel bad,” he says, revealing his passion and frustration.

Since Denis started training for choir, he has been a very lively boy, excited about everything especially taking lead in all activities.

“He’s strong-willed and goal-oriented. He gets frustrated when the entire choir makes mistakes during practice,” explains Solomon Ndawula, his uncle on tour.

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Denis will also stand up for the other children and hold the adults accountable to their words.

“He’s very observant and quickly learns from the adults. He sees a part of our character that interests him, and he will pick it up,” Solomon adds.

During training we nurture our children’s God-given talents. We encourage their good habits and help build their character.

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One hour later when the aunties and uncles return from their meeting, Denis hands the team over to Brian Mwaka, their team leader.

In unison, the rest of the group thanks Denis for leading them through practice as they rush back to their positions and continue with their day.