Matsiko World Orphan Choir visits Rapid City

Published: Apr. 20, 2016 at 3:12 PM CDT
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The Matsiko World Orphan Choir made a stop in Rapid City and danced and sang at the Canyon Lake Senior Center.

The energetic choir is performing in 35 states to gain support and sponsors who can help them go to school in their home countries. Performing and going on tour also encourages the children to gain the confidence they need be whatever they dream of when they grow up.

The 22 children are a part of this particular choir, which was formed only three weeks ago. The children in the choir range from ages 9 to 12 and are from Liberia, Peru and India.

For $35-a- month a sponsor can help pay for the child's school and medical fees.

"Without this organization, I'm like nothing, I don't have any hope. But with this organization I have hope and I can be what I want to become in the future," said choir member Malvinia Dunn.

South Dakota is the fourth state in their national tour. They plan to perform in 35 states, mostly on the East Coast.

"They have their own little choirs and their own organizations in their countries and we go to their countries and support them over there and when they want to join the choir they can just come and volunteer and so we pick kids from their own country choir," said Tour Director Zach Windham.

Keiffer Family Dental in Rapid City also helped out by providing free dental work for the entire choir. This is the fifth time the choir has been to Rapid City. They will travel to Sioux Falls tomorrow.