Hundreds turned out to hear a choir of orphaned Ugandan children perform in Parkes.
The Watoto Children's Choir brought their high-energy message of love and hope to Vision Ministries at Mamre.
Through a night of song and dance, the young choir members shared their own stories and talked about the work Watoto does.
Watoto runs a hospital for sick, abandoned and premature-born babies and houses orphaned children in family homes.
They provide medical care and job opportunities for women as well as care for young people who were kidnapped to serve as child soldiers in northern Uganda.
The choir was officially welcomed to Parkes by Mayor Ken Keith and children were hosted with local families.
They have been touring Australia for nearly three months now and many of the children have had the chance to meet the Australian families who sponsor them.
Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of their parents either through war or disease.
They live in Watoto children’s villages.
The experience of touring with the choir gives the children exposure to other cultures broadening their worldview.
It also gives them confidence and boldness and helps them rise up out of their own situations of sadness and despair.
For more information go online to watoto.com