Archbishop Holgate’s School is delighted to be able to welcome the Abaana New Life Choir to spend some time with them. The visit will be a highlight of the year for many people at this Diocesan school. Abaana is a Christian based charity which invests in Children in Africa, helping them to break the chains of poverty, through education. Most of their projects are in Uganda, working in 13 locations supporting the children and parents in those communities. They have been able to build 13 schools, support churches and sponsor over 1,300 children as well as working with children on the streets and other projects. Abaana has raised over £1,000,000 to help build schools, medical projects, water pumps and support many children in need.

For the last few months twenty children and their chaperones have been touring Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The purpose of this has been to raise funds for the ongoing work of Abaana; especially in terms of education and work with orphaned street children. The tour has also had the added benefit of raising awareness about their work too. Archbishop Holgate’s is the only concert and host venue in York, and the only school to host the choir throughout the entire tour. This is the third time that a choir of children from Uganda have visited the school.

The children arrive on Tuesday afternoon and will head home with school staff, who along with their families will host them for their three-night stay. The following day the children will have a busy and varied programme in school. This will include participating in technology lessons, performing three energetic concerts for Years 7, 8 and 9, and lunchtime games with sixth form students on the school field.

The highlight of the visit will be the main evening performance on Wednesday 17 April at 7pm. This fundraising concert is open to members of the public and will be attended by the Lord Mayor and members of the civic party. It is guaranteed to be an uplifting concert filled with beautiful singing, energetic dancing and very moving videos which speak about the life-changing impact of Abaana’s work. It is hoped that it will be a really enriching experience for all involved and lead to many people deciding to become sponsors for the future education of some of the individual children.

Richard Nihill, School Chaplain said: “It has been a privilege to work closely with the New Life choir and organise their programme. Welcoming them into our community in the past has had an enriching effect on all the pupils and staff who have encountered them in a variety of ways. Abaana’s vision of Justice and Compassion for the children of Uganda sits very well with our own school values.”