The African Children's Choir is a professional troupe of young singers, dancers and drummers. It's made up of orphaned African children, largely from Uganda. The money they raise helps build homes for the choir children, and other children, many of whom are orphaned by war. The money also helps fund numerous schools.
"There are a multitude of struggles any place, particularly Charlottesville. However when you talk about poverty on a global level, Africa has experienced a whole different level of poverty," said Hodari Hamilton, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Charlottesville, which is hosting the event.
"There are entire cities ravaged. Groups of children who have waked hundreds of miles because their parents were killed. It goes a long way if you send $10 to Africa. It's much more impactful."
The concert is free and the hope is that people will be inspired to donate.
Hamilton said his church hopes to raise $15,000 for the children.
"Anyone who wants to support, wants to help, wants to make a difference.
Most of us can't travel to Africa, at least anytime soon, so this is the opportunity for Africa to travel to us," he said.
The concert takes place next Friday, May 31, at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on West Main Street in Charlottesville.
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