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20181114 BOHAM DSC 0373The Bridge of Hope Africa Ministries Children’s Choir will perform in concert at Restful Valley Ranch at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, reports Restful Valley Activities Director Karla McNelly.

The Bridge of Hope Choir is an ambassador outreach to spread the word about the work of Bridge of Hope Africa Ministries, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization founded in Portland, Oregon in 2015 to help impoverished children and their families in Uganda, Africa. The traveling choir consists of 18 Ugandan children who “will share their hope for a bigger and brighter future through song, dance and the playing of musical instruments,” according to the organization’s website.

In a telephone interview with the organization’s co-founder Katie Walter, she said the choir has been touring the western and southwest regions of the U.S. since June of this year. The tour started in Idaho in June and has made stops in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and New Mexico, making its last stop in Texas. Besides the performance at Restful Valley Ranch, the choir will also be performing at St. Paul Lutheran Church in McAllen on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 5 p.m., plus three more shows at St. Paul on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 8, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. Their final concert currently scheduled in the Valley is at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mercedes on Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. They are still accepting bookings for additional performances before heading up to Burleson, Texas on Nov. 27.

20181114 BOHAM IMG 3813The number to call for bookings is 503-956-5997.

Walter said the purpose of the choir tour is multi-pronged.

“First it is help get our children sponsors, to help children who have been several waiting years to get sponsors.” The choir outreach will help the organization achieve their goals to double the number of children they help through the sponsorship program.

Walter said the second purpose of the tour is “to support those families we are already committed to.”
While sponsoring a child provides basic educational opportunities, school supplies, school uniforms, medical checkups and medicines, the families of those children need assistance with food, bedding, and other necessities.

The website states, “At the heart of our ministry is to provide opportunities for children. We believe teaching children entrepreneurial skills will put them on a path toward success. We hope to empower children’s families to be self-reliant entrepreneurs as well.”

20181114 BOHAM co founder pageOne method Bridge of Hope employs to meet this goal is through microenterprise projects.

“The first business concept through our sponsorship program is rearing of chickens and selling eggs.,” according to the website. The program also enables the children and their families to earn a small income and save for the future. Additionally, the project improves nutrition for the child and the family and teaches the family important concepts such as budgeting and saving for the future.

A third purpose of the choir’s tour is to “open the children’s eyes to another part of the world. Then they will become ambassadors when they go back home and share their experiences,” said Walter.

Thus far, the tour has been quite successful for the fledgling non-profit. Walter said they had 135 children sponsored in the program before the tour, and they now have 322 sponsorships. “It’s been a great way to grow the ministry,” she said.

Restful Valley Ranch is located at 7130 W. Expressway 83 in Mission. For directions, call the Restful Valley office at 956-519-8650.

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