Our Story

Over thirty years ago, our founder Ray Barnett was on a humanitarian trip to war-torn Uganda when he gave a small boy a ride from his decimated home to the safety of another village. During the journey, the child did what he knew how to do best – he sang. That simple song of dignity and hope became the catalyst for a program that has changed the lives of thousands of children and reshaped the future of the African continent.

From there the African Children’s Choir was born.

The First African Children’s Choir 1984

Rallying support from the West, the Choir continued to inspire audiences with their stories and raise funding to open the first children’s Home in Uganda. The Home provided a stable environment and a quality education for the Choir children and additional children who needed care.

The success and instant popularity of the first tour gave birth to a second.
As the Choir tours continued, so did the possibility to impact the lives of more children. A sponsorship program was established to support the Choir children through their entire education, with many going on to University. Music for Life was established as an organization to reach beyond the Choir children, offering education and relief to others in vulnerable and destitute areas.

Over the years, Music for Life established and sponsored various projects that have so far impacted the lives of over 100,000 children and young people across Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Sudan.

“When I went back to Canada and people were not very interested in Uganda, I knew that if only a group of these beautiful children could go to the West, people would be deeply moved and would certainly want to help.”

Ray Barnett


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