FOREST, Va. — They have come from as far away as Uganda and Nepal for a single purpose: to sing, dance and tell the stories of refugee children whom the world has largely forgotten.
Children of the World, an international children’s choir founded by Christian humanitarian organization World Help, recently embarked on the 2018-2019 Refuge & Strength Tour. The choir will travel coast to coast performing at churches, schools and venues to tell the stories of refugee children and their families and to raise awareness of the challenges they face.
At each stop, the audience will also hear about how World Help’s refugee aid initiatives and child sponsorship program have helped children overcome adversity and poverty to find hope and a future.
“The purpose of the Children of the World choir is to tell the stories of children around the world who need our help and care,” said Vernon Brewer, founder and CEO of World Help. “This year’s tour focuses on the refugee crisis, which has uprooted millions of families from their homes and left countless children out of school and in dire need. My prayer is that through this tour, more people will hear their stories and be moved to bring hope and healing to them.”
Rohit is one of the children on this year’s tour. He grew up in Nepal in a Hindu family. Rohit was 8 when he lost his mother to a heart attack; his father was unable to care for the family because he worked six hours away and made very little income. In order to provide for himself, Rohit struggled to take care of goats, grow crops and cook his own food. He had to travel two hours to get to school. World Help’s child sponsorship program provided Rohit with an education, meals and a safe place to live. It gave Rohit a future, changing his life — and his family’s — forever.
Rohit’s powerful story is one of many shared at each concert. World Help’s “Refuge & Strength” tour invites concertgoers to sponsor a child and give to humanitarian aid programs focused on helping refugees. World Help has been at the forefront of the humanitarian response to the global refugee crisis, providing clean water, food, medical care, trauma counseling and warm clothing to displaced people in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
The Children of the World choir, which has toured America for nearly two decades, has featured boys and girls from countries including Nepal, India, Brazil, Guatemala, Uganda, Philippines and Honduras, where World Help has child sponsorship programs. Once the tour is finished, the children return to their home countries, where their education is sponsored by World Help until they finish college.
More information about Children of the World, including upcoming performance dates and the children’s biographies, is available here.
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World Help is a Christian humanitarian organization committed to serving the physical and spiritual needs of people in impoverished communities around the world. Since its inception in 1991, World Help has delivered humanitarian aid to more than 82 million people in 71 countries.
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