Youth from Uganda will visit Lakewood on March 28-30. Churches are hosting “Beautiful Africa,” a song-dance-video presentation by Watoto Child Care Ministries. They recently visited my community; I feel compelled to share what I’ve learned of ties to an agenda I find appalling, as well as concerns about the children themselves.
I’m concerned the children are being exploited by the performance schedule, up to 31 per month, for six months at a time, by kids as young as 5 to 7 years of age. The group uses children for relentless fund-raising, taking in $7 million annually from the U.S. alone. …