Fund Raising for the Kitagasembe Youth Choir

A little boy donating money during a fundraising for music instruments at Kitagasembe parish church
A little girl donating money during a fundraising for music instruments at Kitagasembe church near the border with Kenya
Live animals donated during a fundraising at Kitagasembe parish church
A little boy donating money during a fundraising for music instruments at Kitagasembe parish church
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On Sunday November 19, 2010, the Bishop worshiped at Kitagasembe parish church, located north of Tarime and barely three miles from the border with Kenya. The main reason for the Episcopal visit was to preside over a fundraising event which was scheduled after the main service. Adults, young people, including members of the choir, and children took part by giving cash and live animals such as goats and chicken. Almost Tsh 1,900,000  (approx $1500 at the rate of exchange of that time)  was raised. This was half of what the church needed for the desired musical instruments.  Bishop Mwita was greatly impressed especially by the way children participated in this event and asked parishes with a similar need to learn from Kitagasembe church.

Youth Choir groups are phenomenon not only in the Diocese of Tarime, but also in many Dioceses of the Anglican Church of Tanzania. The talents and ability vary from one church to another. However, the dancing styles are wonderful and have become an attraction to those who can cope with a kind of ‘modernism’ in African worship. Choir instruments are therefore a ‘must’ at least in the eyes of these choir groups themselves.  For a young choir with no experienced guitarists, all the choir group needs is an electronic keyboard, an amplifier, a set of speakers, a power stabilizer, and a power generator for use in rural places due to lack of electricity. With these instruments the choirs groups sing to the Lord in church on Sundays and also participate in the evangelism programmes of the parish by accompanying preachers to the villages where people have not yet heard the Good News of Christ.

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