Chronology

1984

  • The first African Children’s Choir is founded and goes on tour to North America.

1985

  • The first children’s home is purchased at Makerere in Kampala, Uganda. It is funded by the proceeds of the first Choir’s tour.
  • The second African Children’s Choir selected from the first children’s home has to flee Kampala and go to Kenya in order to train in safety. They then tour Canada.

1986

  • The first of six additional homes are established.
  • In Kampala three literacy (catch up) schools are set up at Kyambogo, Rubaga and Makerere.
  • The third African Children’s Choir is trained at Makerere and tours the United Kingdom, Holland and the west coast of North America.

1987

  • The fourth Choir is trained at Makerere and tours North America.

1989

  • The fifth African Children’s choir is formed. It includes children selected from the literacy schools as well as the homes. They leave to tour North America.

1990

  • Through the Choir’s funding and the Sponsorship Program, the Eden Literacy School is established in the Eden Revival Church founded by Pastor Morris to serve the people in neighbouring slums.
  • Bugalobi Literacy School is established. Each child is sponsored through programs funded by the African Children’s Choir and gets a hot meal every day and school uniform.

1991

  • Luwero Boarding and Day School is established. The Luwero war zone was known as the “Killing fields of Africa”. While the school holds 500 pupils, around 1000 children from this area have their education sponsored.

1993

  • Relief aid projects start in Sudan, prompted by the plight of the “Lost Boys of the Sudan”. Educational and medical aid programs also begin in civil war torn Somalia.

1995

  • The Fields of Life farm is established in Uganda to provide food for the homes and schools in the program and additional income. It grows vegetables, coffee beans, maize, fruit and rears chickens, pigs and dairy cattle.

1997

  • The Fields of Life Primary School is established for over 400 pupils; all supported through the program funded by the African Children’s Choir and individual sponsors.
  • In Southern Sudan, Manase and his organization – Humanitarian Assistance for South Sudan (HASS) – gets financial and human resource funded by the work of the African Children’s Choir. They establish an HQ compound and the first three Primary Schools.
  • AVillage Rehabilitation Program begins including a medical center, a grain mill, and agricultural projects.
  • A Teacher Training College is set up to provide teachers an ambitious program of new Primary Schools now numbering eleven.

1998/1999

  • In Kampala, the Makindye Choir Training Academy is established and the nineteenth African Children’s Choir is trained there for five months before going on tour.

2000

  • Grace High School is established teaching O–level and A–level to nearly 400 students. 45 ex Choir children are now boarding there and 150 are sponsored through the program.

2001

  • At Liwolo in Sudan the Bright Star High School is founded with a planned four blocks of classrooms. The primary schools are already sending many of their children into the high school that now has 200 students studying to O–level and A–level.
  • A Home and Choir School is established in Simons Town near Cape Town, South Africa. It is a base for returning Choir children and a first step into the region.
  • In Kampala the new Music for Life Primary School is built under the supervision of Moses, ex Choir member who is now a Chief Engineer for the Kampala City Council. This is now the permanent base for returning Choir children to live and continue a high level of Primary education.
  • The original Makerere Home and School now becomes the administrative center for all Ugandan sponsorship Programs. Every sponsored child’s welfare and progress is monitored by the team which includes several ex Choir members now fully educated and qualified.

2002

  • The Music for Life Centre is established in Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa, with an excellent Choir Training and Primary School and a High School teaching up to A–level standard. The Centre also runs Community Outreach Programs for children from the local Townships.

2003

  • The twenty fourth African Children’s Choir leaves Makindye to go on tour. A third of the Choir children are from Pastor Leo’s orphanage, Kibilira Children’s Centre in Rwanda.
  • The latest focus of support is in the Nkomazi region of South Africa. The organization is highlighting the plight of 3,000 AIDS orphans including 210 child led families in the area. It is raising funds to provide emergency food, water containers, wheelbarrows and medical supplies.

2004

  • A first group of 25 children from the Nkomazi region come to the Music for Life Centre at Rondebosch to join the Choir Program.
  • The twenty fifth African Children’s Choir leaves Makindye to tour North America.
  • African Children’s Choir celebrates their 20th Anniversary

2005

  • Our nKomazi choir from South Africa met Nelson Mandela and performed at his foundation’s 46664 concert, providing back up vocals for Queen.
  • The Choir performed alongside internationally renowned artist at the Live8 concert in Hyde Park, London.
  • The Choir performed with Chantal Kreviazuk and Our Lady Peace at ONE.org’s inaugural ONEXONE gala in Toronto.

2006

  • The twenty eighth African Children’s Choir spent six months in the United Kingdom, finishing their tour as performers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
  • The Choir can be heard on the soundtrack for Warner Bros. movie “Blood Diamond’.
  • The Choir performed with Chantal Kreviazuk and Wyclef Jean at the 2nd Annual ONEXONE gala in Toronto.

2007

  • The Choir performed with Josh Groban on the American Idol special “Idol Gives Back”.
  • The Choir also performed one of their African songs on American Idol’s Season 6 Finale.
  • Supporting our friends at ONE.org, the Choir lent their voices to the ONE Vote ’08 launch on Capitol Hill.
  • King’s Park International Church located in Raleigh Durham, North Carolina has purchased a house on six acres of land for a home away from home. This base choir will be performing “Journey of Hope’ at larger theaters and performing centers in North America.
  • First tour to Australia. The Choir performs with the Queensland Youth Symphony at the Queensland Music Festival.

2008

  • Building begins on the new African Children’s Choir academy in Entebbe, Uganda
  • The Choir performs for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni at Commonwealth Day in London, England.
  • A group of former Choir children perform a “Hope & Healing’ concert at Toi Primary School in Kenya in response to the civil unrest resulting from the December elections.

2009

  • The Choir performs for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni at Commonwealth Day in London, England
  • Alicia Keyes sings with the Choir at Black Ball Gala
  • Choir sings for US Global Leadership Coalition honoring Former First Lady and Senator Hillary Clinton

2010

  • The new African Children’s Choir Primary School opens in Entebbe, Uganda
  • First relief and development training programs started in East Africa
  • African Children’s Choir featured in CNN International’s “Inside Africa” documentary
  • Work4Life business mentoring program started with ACC alumni
  • Music for Life Institute opens three new Centers in Uganda
  • The Choir tours in Europe (France, Germany and Switzerland)
  • Featured on “A Christmas Cornucopia” with Annie Lennox

2011

  • Two new water wells drilled in South Sudan at Liwolo compound
  • Chaperone alumni trip to Uganda
  • Music for Life Institute and African Children’s Choir win the prestigious Tumaini Award (sponsored by World Vision, Compassion and Save the Children) for “Best NGO Educational Initiative”
  • Choir thirty-six and Choir thirty-seven join to become “Journey of Hope” tour
  • Choir thirty-eight starts West Coast US Tour in Seattle, Washington

2012

  • Music For Life’s newest tour the Young Africans Arrive in Los Angeles, California
  • The Young Africans perform with Michael W. Smith
  • Choir thirty-nine arrives in Chicago and begins their Mid-West tour
  • Choir Children come together from past choirs to perform for the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee Celebration