I AM Family Choir
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Host Families

We are currently seeking churches, schools, and organizations in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington willing to host the I AM Family Choir.

Imagine an international mission opportunity in your own city! The chance to see God work both ways as you minister to children from Africa and they minister to people in the United States. In our widely global civilization we now have the ability to travel quickly to the hurting people of the World but not all of us have the time, resources or skill set required to make these relief trips. Hosting the choir from Uganda is a unique way to help our hurting Brothers and Sisters as they in turn help us to become more spiritually awakened. To see the faith and joy these children have despite the loss of one or both parents is truly inspiring.

FAQs by Host Families

LANGUAGE: (DO THE CHILDREN SPEAK ENGLISH?)
The children speak Luganda* and very little English. So please don’t be offended if they speak their language around you. They’re not trying to be rude. This also may make their communication with the host a little difficult.

FOOD: (WHAT DO THE CHILDREN LIKE TO EAT?)
For the start the children will have difficulty with the food because it is very foreign to their taste. They eat a lot of starchy foods like rice, potatoes, beans, peas etc.
However they get accustomed to the American food eventually, the favorite so far has been PIZZA, RICE AND CHICKEN, and FRENCH FRIES.

ENTERTAINMENT: (WHAT DO THE CHILDREN DO IN THEIR FREE TIME?)
We encourage the children to be very active and creative, so we prefer that the children watch very little TV. If they should watch any TV at all, it should be under adult supervision. The children can swim only under supervision.

SCHEDULE: (WHAT DO THE CHILDREN DO WHEN THEY ARE NOT PERFORMING?)
The choir travels on a very tight schedule. A weekly schedule will be given to the hosting families. Now the schedule may vary at any point, so we kindly ask the hosts to be flexible noting that the managing team will endeavor to stick to the schedule and also give notice of any changes in advance. Also if the host cannot make it to a location where the choir is expected to be, then they can discuss with the team leader how this can be resolved.

LAUNDRY: (HOW DO THEY KEEP CLEAN LAUNDRY?)
While traveling, we accumulate quite a bit of laundry. We ask that our host families please allow us to use their laundry facilities and show the chaperones how to operate the washers and dryers, as each machine can be very different.

GIFTS AND DONATIONS: (ARE THE CHILDREN ALLOWED GIFTS?)
The children usually need clothing and shoes; this is just about what can fit in their travel bags. We therefore encourage hosts to limit the size of any gift that can be hauled around as the children travel. In case of any donations or any special gifts, the host may want to give to a child; you can discuss this with the team leader. Also, in case there is a need amongst the children, the hosts may be notified on our ‘Wish List’. Please do not give the children monetary gifts.

CHILDREN’S HEALTH: (ARE THE CHILDREN ALLERGIC TO ANYTHING?)
Before the children come out on tour, they have blood screening and, are also vaccinated against any known disease and they possess vaccination cards from the Ministry of Health in Uganda.
In case of any allergies or health disorders, which is most unlikely, the host family will be notified ahead of time.
Also in case the children are sick at the time they come to stay in your home, do not dispense any medication before consulting the team leader. These children are not used to taking strong medication/drugs of any sort, even the simplest as vitamins, unless of course they are ill.

How many days will I get to have the kids in my home?
It depends on how long we’re in the area but in general, as many days as you want.

How many kids can I get?
The more the merrier, right? Any number of kids you can host would be wonderful.

Are the kids accompanied by adults?
Yes, the kids travel with adult musicians (band members). The kids always have at least one adult chaperone. The kids and adults are some of the most polite and helpful people you will ever meet.

HERE ARE SOME SPECIFIC ‘DON’TS’
* Dairy products before a performance i.e. yoghurt, milk
* The children are not allowed to ride bikes, roller blades, and skates
* Watch unsupervised TV.
*Children are not allowed on computers unless it is something educational and monitored.

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