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Oregon Coast Aquarium Visited by Children's
|The Mwamba Uganda Children’s Choir, a group of
22 young people from Uganda, danced and performed songs in English,
Luganda and other African languages at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Photo Credit: Don Wilder, Oregon Coast Aquarium
(Newport, Oregon) - Visitors and staff at the Oregon Coast
Aquarium received a rare treat Tuesday when the Mwamba Uganda Children’s
Choir, a group of 22 young people from Uganda, danced and performed songs
in English, Luganda and other African languages. The group performed in
the lobby as appreciative onlookers enjoyed spiritual songs and dances.
Kandy Smith, Aquarium Event Manager said the performance
was so moving that people watched with tears in their eyes. "I was
so moved by these children because I saw their smiling faces, so eager
to please and so appreciative of the applause. It's hard to imagine what
their life was before these kind people set up this orphanage, and harder
still when we heard how many had to be turned away," said Smith.
|Did the sharks listen in on the show? No one really knows.....
Tony and Laura Carter of Kalama, Washington have been developing
a response to a group of orphans and needy children at the IAM Children’s
Family orphanage in Uganda, where some of the children live. Laura Carter
first visited the orphanage during a 2003 trip to Uganda. She has since
returned many times and has become the U.S. director of administration
for the orphanage. She said she fell in love with the children and took
on the job – volunteering full time. “We were just there this
year. They have our heart and the dedication of our lives toward their
futures,” said Carter. Money is raised through donations and sales
of the choir’s CD, helping to cover expenses at the orphanage.
One of the primary expenses is medical care. “They
don’t go to the doctor until they’re next to their death beds
because they can’t afford it,” said Carter. Many children
are at the orphanage after losing a parent or parents to AIDS. According
to Uganda’s official Web site, about 6 percent of people in the
population there have AIDS, and about 880,000 Ugandan children have been
orphaned because of AIDS.
|Freaky sea nettles at Oregon Coast Aquarium
Carter said their efforts have been making a big difference.
“We have seen the fruits of our labor increase every year in these
children’s lives. They are happy productive children with a future.
Their opportunity and their purpose is to serve the ones who served them
for so many years by using their talents to raise money to help care for
other orphaned and needy children.” Carter said the money will be
used to help buy ten acres on which to expand the work of building homes
for children, a secondary school and a place on which to raise food.
During the last five years, the Carters have purchased
a house where 33 of the children live. This home also serves as a central
place of comfort for other needy children, widows and needy families.
The other children live with relatives or guardians. “We have invested
tens of thousands of our own personal money and will continue to do so,”
said Carter. The Carters are astonished at how much has been accomplished
with just a few caring people. “How much more can be done with a
few more people sharing this vision?” asked Carter. For information
on booking the choir or to make a donation, call Tony or Laura Carter
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