A group of ambassadors, 22 to be exact, will be swinging through Washington County in the coming week, singing and dancing and maybe adding a few smiles and giggles along the way.

The Watoto Children’s Choir, made up of 11 boys and 11 girls, is unlike any other musical group. Its members are children who have faced unspeakable horrors in central Africa: abandonment, war, HIV/AIDS and other diseases, desperate poverty, conscription into military service and the loss of one or both parents.

The performances at churches in Stillwater and Lake Elmo aim to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s children and money to keep the Watoto mission going.