Local BBC Sites

Neighbouring Sites

Page last updated at 12:38 GMT, Thursday, 14 October 2010 13:38 UK
Berkshire school welcomes Rwandan and Sudanese children
Rwandan children dance
Children from Rwanda are healed through dance and music

Children from Rwanda and Sudan will come to Berkshire in November 2010 to raise funds for a children's charity which works with African communities.

The children will join forces with students from Wellington College on November 13 to put on a gala performance at the college.

The charity Angels Charity will demonstrate the heritage of Rwanda through African music and dance.

Practising these traditions is thought to help the healing process.

"Music and dance play an important role in the traditions of Rwandan people," said Clare Walters of the Angels Charity.

Positive heritage

In 1994 the country suffered atrocities with mass genocide and the people still suffer from high levels of poverty.

According to the charity, music is an important way for Rwanda to help restore its positive heritage and culture.

By bringing together children from disadvantaged backgrounds and placing them in an artistic community that nurtures talent, Angels Charity hopes to give children a renewed sense of hope and possibility for the future.

Rwandan dancers
The dancers will put on a colourful display at Wellington College

The children will be joining forces with students from Wellington College on Saturday 13 November to put on a gala performance at the college.

The tour will give 23 children from Rwanda and Sudan a life changing experience.

Most will not have travelled very far before and all will be familiar with hardship and suffering.

The Angels Charity raises funds to enable the choir to tour the UK and the tours, in turn, raise funds to help support projects in the children's impoverished communities with relief, development and protection programmes.

In previous years, children from Nigeria in 2007 performed in the tour, followed by an Angels choir from South Africa which performed in front of the King of Greece.

The choirs have also performed in Madrid in 2008 to Queen Rania of Jordan and to Annie Lennox amongst others at a Save the Children Awards Ceremony.

"The Gala Performance on 13 November is a collaborative concert with students from Wellington College and we hope to raise funds for the children's communities back in Africa as well as put on a brilliant visual display of passion and hope," said Clare Walters.




SEE ALSO
'British Schindler' remembers war
25 Jan 06 |  Berkshire
Climber dies after falling 80ft
23 May 07 |  Berkshire
News Day 2009 as it happened
16 Apr 09 |  School Report
Should the UN be reformed?
29 May 06 |  Have Your Say

OTHER RELATED BBC LINKS


BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific