Most of the children in the choir start out not knowing English, despite it being one of the languages taught in at most African schools. Bringing the children to the United States, where they are immersed into English, gives them an opportunity to learn the language quickly.
“I think subconsciously we think poor means ignorant, and it doesn’t — they just have untapped potential,” Sipp said. “These children are very bright and talented. …Being on tour, their English soars.”
Receiving an education can result in a child being able to support their family and educate others as they grow into adulthood.
“It dramatically changes the course of that life as well as the lives of others they affect,” Sipp said. “We are investing in the children so that there is leadership for African communities, cities and countries in the future.”
Sipp was quick to note the children are not pressured into choosing any particular occupation.
“We don’t do it on the basis of what they might become, we do it because they deserve the chance,” Sipp said.
Beyond schooling, instilling moral values in the children is a priority of the adult volunteers who travel with the group.
“We are a faith-based organization. It’s important for us to model Jesus to these children and to build character that is beyond themselves,” Sipp said. “We have a very hands-on, close range potential for impact.”
An appreciation for basic necessities and a focus on living in the present moment are things the adult mentors learn from the children.
“That’s all that we see in the media — the challenges that they face, but there are things they’ve held on to that the United States lost a long time ago,” Sipp said.
The African Children’s Choir have educated more than 50,000 children and have helped an additional 100,000 children through its relief and education projects.
A freewill offering is taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs.
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