Newtownhamilton Primary School to host joint concert with children’s choir from Swaziland
Thursday, 20 April 2017
NEWTOWNHAMILTON Primary School are in the final stages of preparation for a special concert later this month which will feature a children's choir from Africa.
The Khulula Choir from Swaziland will take part in a joint concert along with the pupils from the local primary school on Thursday April 27 at 7.30. The concert will provide the visiting choir members the opportunity to sing and testify to the great things God has done for them as they battle poverty, loss of parents, drought and for some life-threatening illnesses.
For their part the pupils at Newtown Primary have been busy learning songs in Siswati, the Swaziland language.
The concert has been arranged after teacher Chloe Cargill spent some time in Swaziland working at a children's home called Hawane Farm.
"For me it is such a privilege to welcome the Khulula Choir to Northern Ireland again, especially this year as they meet with the pupils in Newtownhamilton," said Chloe.
"During my time in Swaziland I am based at Hawane Farm a children's home which is part of Challenge Ministries Swaziland. I have developed such a strong friendship with the children and young people who are under the care of Challenge Ministries Swaziland, they are like family to me.
"I have had the opportunity to travel around Swaziland and meet many people especially the children. As part of a team we go to hospitals, prisons, drug rehabilitation facilities and abused ladies centres. "We also visit the local communities and churches to share the simple message that Jesus Loves You (Jesu Uyangitsandza). During our time in Swaziland if we saw a need in a particular area we would try to provide for them.
"As a teacher, I thoroughly enjoyed coordinating the schools programme in Swaziland. We visited many pre-schools, primary schools, high schools and lead a number of Bible Clubs in the evenings. The smiles on the children's faces when you show them love is priceless.
"One of most memorable days was when we were taking a kids club in the rural community, when we arrived there were about 100 kids who had walked for miles and had been waiting hours in case they missed the club.
"We saw a great need that these children were poorly clothed and hungry so we bought bags of oranges to feed them along with the usual lollipops and sweets that they love. We left money with the leader of Hawane Farm to go and provided food supplies and clothes for that community.
"We had a blessed time meeting and teaching these little children who were so keen to learn more about God."
Chloe had always planned on visiting Swaziland but did not predict just how big an impact the country and its people would have on her.
"I always thought that I would go to Swaziland and make an impact on the children's lives that I met but after my first visit I soon realised that it is the children that have made the biggest impact on me.
"Although they have nothing they are so thankful for every little thing. I have left a bit of my heart in Swaziland and have made so many amazing and life changing memories there."
Proceeds from the Newtown concert will go towards the latest H2O project (Hope2others) which aims to tackle severe drought by creating a dam to catch water and store it for use to grow food and provide clean consistent water for the children and the community in Swaziland.
For more information about the Khulula Choir please visit http://challengeministriesswaziland.org/
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