By Jonquil Newland, Weekend Today Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
The Young African Choir is made up of 17 performers who joined the program years ago for an education and life changing experience. The group performed at different churches in Chattanooga Sunday.
The energy the choir brings to the stage is electrifying. With every drum beat and every dance step they tell a story.
Ssemu Jju Ronald first joined the African Children's Choir 14 years ago. The program helped fund his education.
"Its been just life changing, given me hope to a better future knowing with education and love I will be someone," Ronald says.
Made up of former members of the African Children's Choir the now young adults continue to fulfill their promise to make a difference in their countries back home in Africa.
"Its a family, I'll be able to help the people around me," Ronald says.
To the ears of Chattanoogans their music and culture is a breathe of fresh air. "Just to see their passion and spirituality brought back to these shores is a great thing," Burks United Methodist Church Pastor Rowland Buck says.
The organization now spreads across seven different countries in Africa and has impacted more than 100,000 lives through its relief and development programs.