“Sawuti” is a Swahili word translated “The Voice” in English. The The Sawuti Children’s Choir is made up of children from East Africa, a region recovering from years of civil war and genocide that have claimed millions of lives leaving thousands of children and women as orphans and widows.
The Choir is dedicated to spreading love, hope and joy while raising awareness for the desperate plight of orphans and other vulnerable children. Their colourful clothing, pounding drums and sweet voices demonstrate their hopes and dreams for a brighter future. Their inspirational stories of resilience have instilled hope in the hearts of all those who have seen them perform.
The children who have been rescued from some of life’s most difficult circumstances take pride in expressing gratitude through their music.
Seven Wells Ministries was founded by Amon Munyaneza, a then college student in Rwanda. Amon grew up as a refugee child in Uganda after his parents fled Rwanda in the 1950’s during the civil war that claimed and displaced thousands of his people.
In 1999, four years after the Rwandan genocide that claimed more than one million people, Amon had an opportunity to return to his home country of Rwanda after more than thirty years in exile. Upon his return to Rwanda, Amon realized that thousands of children in Rwanda were roaming the streets naked, hungry and desperate for care. Having grown up as a refugee child with very little, he quickly identified with the children of Rwanda and with only thirty dollars to his name, he founded an organization that would raise awareness for the desperate plight of the Rwandan children.
In 2007, Amon and his wife Erica felt a call to promote and share the happiness and gratitude they were witnessing among the happily sponsored children. The Children’s Choir was formed as a living “thank-you” note and a voice for many more children who still needed help to go to school.
In July 2007, Erica and Amon, assisted by worship pastors and musicians from the US, personally selected 24 gifted children from more than 500 orphaned and vulnerable children in Rwanda. After a year of training, the Choir arrived in Portland, Oregon for their first Sound of Hope tour and for 90 days, the 24 happy and vibrant children toured among their sponsors, performed in schools and church communities and had an opportunity to experience a new world. While touring, the children were exposed to a wide variety of learning experiences from the American host families and church community groups and by the time the 24 children returned to their routine in Rwanda, they had not only touched and encouraged thousands of Americans but had also been exposed to many new ideas and possibilities.
The story of the Choir continues today as more children are given the same opportunity accorded to the first group of 24 pioneers. We hope that you will join us to continue this story as new children are trained and encouraged to dream beyond possibilities.
The purpose of the choir is for the children to share God’s love with audiences through song, dance and testimonies of what God has done in their lives. The goal of the choir is to encourage audiences by showing them that, despite the desolate circumstances the children come from, they have beauty, dignity, hope and unlimited potential. The choir also raises awareness about the needs of children in Africa and encourages audiences to participate in ministry’s vision of creating environments where children and those most in need can be given hope for a better future and the tools to make that future a reality.
Benefit to the Churches we Visit
Through the children’s testimonies; participating audiences have come away with a deeper appreciation of God’s love for them and for the world around them. Individuals are encouraged to face their fears and embrace God’s love in their lives. Audiences have also been motivated, encouraged and moved to participate in God’s transforming work in their communities.
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