Growing up in Uganda, an east African country racked by war, AIDS and extreme poverty, life was a struggle for then 9-year-old Dorothy Nabwami, who was facing a very uncertain future 17 years ago.
Then the African Childrenâ€™s Choir came along.
Nabwami was singing in her local Sunday school choir in her village when the African Childrenâ€™s Choir chose her to be part of an international singing group.
â€śThey gave me clothing and food and the ability to travel around the world,â€ť she says.
A nonprofit organization, the African Childrenâ€™s Choir takes African children ages 7 to 10 on international singing tours, where money raised goes to tours, the singersâ€™ educations, and relief and education projects in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, South Sudan, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana.
The choirâ€™s 2014 tour rolls through Rhode Island this week, with performances in East Providence, Woonsocket and West Warwick.
Full story can be found on page A1 of Saturday's Call and Saturday's Times.