Wednesday, December 8, 2010

a concert of Hope...Watoto children's choir arrives in Newark...

I have had a very busy day today and fatigue is my close friend at this moment...Ken and I attended a very special children's concert at the Church of God here in Newark. I was totally unaware that over 17 million children has lost their parents to HIV aids in the small country of Uganda. These special children are on a six month tour of the United States to share their new found Hope for a better life for the people of Uganda. For 90 minutes we were moved to tears, riveted in our seats by the talents and drumming and dancing the children shared with the individual stories. You may want to go to their website and see how two Canadian individuals took on an enormous task in saving the babies abandoned on the streets or orphaned by the rage of this epidemic. I know I have been blessed by being a witness to their courageous journey of Hope. Check out their website

Michelle came in after her final exam and set up a one on one tutorial for Dalale Hall so that she could begin using Ebay...Esty...and set up her personal Pay Pal account for her art projects and paintings. Michelle is an angel for all who meet her...she is the mother of four full time... and goes to school taking some major course work for her upcoming degree. Dalale is working to network and get her work out there beyond our local county. I continued working on my orders for individual Christmas card orders and took in geclas/prints from another artist who lives over in Zanesville. I left the studio and went into our JoAnn's Fabric store to find a soft black background for an upcoming wedding on December 19th to hang behind the bride and groom for their wedding and cake ceremony photographs. I have worked to make a temporary hanging system to support the backdrop and then hand snowflakes on white silk ribbons to add a bit of flair for the young couple.

Gayla Smith surprised me and as you can see in my photo I have missed this extremely talented young lady. She is a musician as well as an artist and makes a living performing here in our community and for several months of the year she works with her costar on the cruise ship circuit. Boy during this extremely cold frigid weather ...this occupation sounds like a real pleasure. I am heading for bed has been a long day and the heat has returned to our building at the studio so LIFE is good. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart


  1. Oh, that choir sounds like it was absolutely amazing! You live such a blessed life and it is so evident how much you appreciate everything and everyone you come across!

  2. What a wonderful concert that must have been and breaking your heart open for all those children. Thanks for sharing. xox Corrine

  3. It's so sad, it's all over Africa. Cultures that NEVER had to worry about where a child would end up if it's parents were killed now find themselves out in the streets. Fear, lack of understanding, loss of family structure, so many factors that surround AIDS. I worked for a little while in an orphanage in Zimbabwe. The caregiver for 8 little babies, not the toddlers, was a 14 year old girl. I did what I could but it was so frustrating. :)Bea