June Newsletter

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Watoto Read will be hosting Dr. Mireille Twayigira, a prior Rwandan refugee, with a very powerful story about how education has changed her life. We invite you to join us to hear her story for yourself!

Saturday, April 13th at 11:30am
Columbus All Nations Church
994 Oakland Park Ave.
Columbus, OH 43224

Sunday, April 14th at 8:00, 9:20, & 11:00am
Centenary United Methodist Church
102 E Broadway
Granville, OH 43023

Sunday, April 14th at 5:00pm
Lewis Center United Methodist Church
1081 Lewis Center Rd
Lewis Center, OH 43035

Big News! Construction is about to start!

We are unbelievably excited to share with you that we are about to build our first classrooms in the refugee camps. On Monday, February 26th, Watoto Read transferred $69,000 to our partner Jesuit Refugee Services for the construction of six classrooms and some latrines. Construction will begin this spring in the Goz Amer camp!

We are so grateful for the generosity of our many donors in 2016 and 2017. You made this possible.

Be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter to hear about the progress. We cannot wait!

Christmas Organ Concert featuring Josh Brodbeck

We appreciate everything you’ve done to help Watoto Read in its mission to provide educations to children and young adults in African refugee camps.

Sunday, Dec. 10
2:30-4:30 p.m.

What: Christmas Organ Concert featuring Josh Brodbeck and holiday refreshments

Where: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
2001 Northwest Blvd

Columbus, OH 43212

Why: To thank you for your generous support of education for children in refugee camps in Chad.

RSVPPlease RSVP to us if you plan to come. Thank you!

Joshua Brodbeck

Joshua Brodbeck

Joshua Brodbeck is a young American concert organist who is in constant demand as a performer and hymn fest leader. At the age of nine, Mr. Brodbeck performed in first concert in the United States. He made his international debut at age 12 playing for an organ dedication in Slovenia, Europe. Throughout his brief career, Mr. Brodbeck is known, and is commended for his varied programs that please audiences everywhere.  Recent engagements have included tours in Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic, with other engagements taking place in the United States.


Mr. Brodbeck began his studies at Bluffton University at the age of 12 with Dr. Stephen Jacoby. After graduating high school, Mr. Brodbeck studied at the Capital University Conservatory of Music as well as the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with Mr. Todd Wilson. Throughout his time studying, he won first prize in many competitions including the American Guild of Organist’s Young Artist Competition.  Since graduating, Mr. Brodbeck has had coaching sessions with Mr. Paul Jacobs of the Juilliard School of Music and Dame Gillian Weir of the United Kingdom.

Currently, Mr. Brodbeck is the Minister of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio. In this role, he oversees the entire music program and concert series. Mr. Brodbeck is also the Artistic Director for the Delaware Community Chorus and Director of Worship for the Southern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

2017 Inaugural Watoto Read Annual Golf Outing

We are excited to announce our first annual Golf Outing! Please join us in supporting Watoto Read and building schools in African Refugee Camps while enjoying a game of golf with your friends. We are currently looking for teams and sponsors. If you are interested in attending or sponsoring a tee, please read the document […]

Free Benefit Concert!

DATE: March 12th 3 – 4:30PM

Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church
4343 Dublin Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026

Watoto Read is pleased to present to you an afternoon of music with the above six artists! Familiar faces at local venues like Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza and Comfest, these singer/songwriters perform widely in the US and abroad. They bring a variety of styles including melodic groove, soft rock and country. Join us for this special opportunity to hear these artists perform together.

Cost: FREE! Donations are appreciated toward Watoto Read’s work in supporting elementary education in refugee camps in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are grateful to these artists performing free of charge in order to allow all funds to go toward the schools.

About the Performers

and a special appearance of

Keith Larsen – A finalist in the CMT/NSAI Song Contest, in which his song, “Hold On,” received the Listener’s Choice Award. He is a frequent participant in Nashville songwriter rounds and writing sessions. As funny as he is compelling, Keith merges a straightforward vocal style with lyrics that resonate with simplicity, honesty and humility.

Happy New … School!

Happy New Year AND New School!

As we celebrate a new beginning in 2017, we also celebrate a new school for children in refugee camps in Chad!  Thanks to the selfless generosity of so many, as of Dec. 28, 2016, Watoto Read has raised $10,000, which will provide three latrines and a completely furnished classroom for 60 children.  What a fantastic way to start the new year!  We are well on our way to reach our 2017 goal of 10 classrooms.

The following quotes are from the article, In Chad, Refugees from Darfur Find Hope in Education, by Christian Fuchs, Communications Director, Jesuit Refugee Services (a partner of Watoto Read).

“Life without education is like tea without sugar.  If you can educate yourself, your life will be good and your life will be nice.”
— Hawa, a female student in the Djabal refugee camp, just outside the town of Goz Beida in eastern Chad

As a refugee, “you’re looking at a future where employment is uncertain and I suppose education is probably the one hope, so that if you educate yourself to a sufficient level you can get a job of a decent standard.  Probably the most important aspect is the hope it gives to refugees.”
— Colette Finneran, English as a Foreign Language Facilitator in the Djabal refugee camp, just outside the town of Goz Beida in eastern Chad

Watoto Read Concert

Save the date! We are excited to bring a wonderful afternoon of music to Hilliard! We hope you’ll plan to join us in order to support Watoto Read. More details coming soon.

Date:  March 12, 2017
Time: From 3:00PM to 4:30 PM
Where: Scioto Ridge UMC, located at 4343 Dublin Rd, Hilliard OH.

Inauguration Success!

Thank you to all who came to the Inauguration of Watoto Read! Keep checking back as we are working on our next event and some exciting updates to share. In the meantime, please enjoy some photos taken of the Watoto Team during our Inauguration. The Watoto Read Team