The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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February 20, 2013

Zambian Vocal Group to perform at schools, churches

PALESTINE — The Zambian Vocal Group will be singing at three local schools and two churches this week in Palestine — sharing their story about their country and their ministry to help the children in their country have a better education.

The group is scheduled to perform Friday at three Palestine Independent School District campuses: Story Intermediate at 8:30 a.m., Southside Elementary School at 10 a.m. and Northside Primary School at 1:30 p.m.

The Zambian Vocal Group also will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at Antioch Church, 907 E. Murchison St., and at 11 a.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 422 S. Magnolia St. The group will have CDs and Zambian articles for sale at all events.

“The group loves to be able to minister to the students at the schools here in the U.S. They are able to share a little bit with the students what it is like for the Zambian students to be able to get an education and how hard they have to work just to be allowed to go to school,” Zambian Vocal Group office manager Pammie Sichangwa said. “They try to inspire the students to take advantage of the opportunities that are given to them and to take their education seriously. It’s a fun program with singing, dancing, and audience participation while teaching them important lessons.”

The  Zambian Vocal Group’s five members grew up in the small town of Kalingalinga just outside of the capital of Lusaka in Zambia, Africa. They started singing together as a church choir over 20 years ago. The group has been touring the United States as Zambian missionaries in an effort en enable the children of Zambia to better themselves through education. In 2004, the group founded the Zambia Vocal Group Academy. Currently, there are just under 300 students enrolled in the ZVG Academy. Each student has been chosen because they would not be able to attend school without help.

Through donations, the group provides and pays for the school buildings, the desks, uniforms, school supplies, shoes, teachers’ salary and everything these children need from first grade through seventh grade.

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