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East African children's choir visits Biloxi

Daraja members dress in their native countries' traditional attire. (Image Source: WLOX News) Daraja members dress in their native countries' traditional attire. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Moses, from Uganda, dances during the concert. (Image Source: WLOX News) Moses, from Uganda, dances during the concert. (Image Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Daraja means bridge in Swahili. The Daraja Children's Choir, made up of 23 children from East Africa, serve as a bridge to connect their culture with America through worship and song.

"I have been singing for four months in a half. I like singing bless the Lord, oh my soul," said Peace who is 13-years-old.

Peace is from Uganda. She thinks singing in the choir is awesome.

"I like it because the people of USA they like worshipping God, and also they are so awesome to us," said Peace.

Daraja was started by a nonprofit community development organization called 410 bridge. Rob and Elisa are the U.S. tour directors and say the experience has been extremely rewarding.

"Not only are they disciples and are really learning to be leaders, they're going to go back and do amazing things in their countries," said Rob Allred.

When the choir travels to different cities, they are housed by host families. All of their funding comes from donations, and the different items they sell on the tour.

"Everything that we sell or raise here is going to go to continuing this ministry, so that we can bring more children through the program," said Allred.

The choir travels six months at a time throughout America, and they are assisted by interns like Kendall Green.

"No matter what circumstance they come from they're just full of love and they're just so fun to be around, and they teach me a lot about how I want to live my life,” said Green.

To book the choir, just go to their website at darajachoir.org

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