Born from a heart for every forgotten child in the unreached corners of the world, the International Children's Network (ICN) began it's choir program in 2008 with the first US tour of the Matsiko Children's Choir. This choir was the first step toward bringing children together from the various countries in which ICN provides sponsorship. After the choir's resounding success, the Matsiko World Orphan Choir was created with children from Peru and Liberia, who shared their lives and culture through song and dance, and connected their hearts with audiences across the United States. This year, children from India were also granted permission to travel with Matsiko, and the choir continues annually with new children auditioning and performing every year.
Matsiko is a Ugandan word for "hope". This word embodies both the children and the songs that they sing. Through the Matsiko World Orphan Choir, thousands of children will be reached with the hope of a brighter future. Proceeds generated by the choir tour and merchandise sales go directly to support ICN's worldwide programs, including life-changing educational sponsorship that affords orphaned children a chance at a university degree. The Matsiko children absolutely love to share the gift of life, love and hope that they've received through the support of sponsors -- people just like you!