Living Hope Angels, a group of orphans from Living Hope International in Beijing, is scheduled to perform traditional Chinese dances and songs in Charlotte.
The 10 visiting performers range from 10 to 16 years old.
During the one-hour show, the four boys and six girls will wear elaborate, vibrant costumes and perform four traditional Chinese dances, two songs and a praise dance. During costume changes, individual children will share their testimonies.
The performances are free but an offering will be collected and child sponsorship opportunities will be available, said Augusta Allen, international director for Living Hope International.
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This is the group's third tour, with destinations primarily in the eastern portion of the United States. Living Hope International has a home office in Pennsylvania.
"The purpose of the tour is to give our kids a wonderful cultural experience in the States; to raise exposure for our organization and the work we are doing in China with the orphans; and to raise financial sponsors for our children, so that we can not only keep the kids fed and educated but so that we can expand our work and reach more kids," said Jared Trumbo, an American working at the orphanage in Beijing.
Children come to the orphanage for different reasons. Common factors are that the children have lost both parents to either death or abandonment, they come from extreme poverty and they have no relatives with the ability or desire to care for them. Children at the orphanage range from 6 to 18 years old.
At the orphanage, education fills a large portion of the children's time, according to Trumbo. They attend Chinese public school and then return to the orphanage for dinner and approximately two hours of homework in the evenings. Some weeknights and throughout the weekend, the orphanage offers extracurricular activities. The children take character-building classes. Many take violin lessons from a local music school that has donated both time and 50 violins. The children may receive tutoring from local college students.
Extra English classes are also offered, since English is part of the public school's core curriculum and there are English-speaking westerners living and working at the orphanage.