Bench Campaign

Make a difference in the life of a refugee child this Holiday season by providing benches for them to sit & study.

Happy Thanksgiving! November Newsletter

Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect on our many blessings… Watoto Read is incredibly grateful for each one of you and for the opportunity to serve the refugee children in Chad, Africa. Thank you for your compassion, love, & generosity. The Watoto Read team would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! May you be blessed with lots of love, laughter, and good food.

Our November Newsletter is out! Please click here to read the newsletter.

June Newsletter

Be sure to check out our latest newsletter for June, by clicking here! We have had an exciting month and lots of great information to share with you!

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JOIN WATOTO READ & MEET MIREILLE!

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.

When:
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

VENUE:
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.