International Children’s Choir to Perform at Toledo Zoo
October 30, 2018
TOLEDO, Ohio – Music is life…that is why our hearts have beats! Bring your hearts and your ears to the Zoo on Saturday, November 10 at 3 p.m. to hear His Little Feet International Children’s Choir! Their performance is included with Zoo admission and will take place in Blade Plaza, near the polar bear fountain on the North Side of the Zoo.
His Little Feet was founded by Michael and Christa Hahn in 2009 to give orphaned and rescued children from poverty-stricken or war-torn countries worldwide a better life through the spread of song and spirit. The energetic and culturally unique Choir, which currently consists of 21 children ages 7-13 from India, Kenya, Haiti and Rwanda, sings both in English and their native languages. In addition to touring the United States, the children also attend His Little Feet Life Training Academy where they learn academics, performing arts, leadership and life skills. More information about the choir and organization can be found at hislittlefeet.org.
The Choir was brought to the Zoo through the generous support of the Dorothy Price family. Price, a long-time Zoo supporter, had two daughters, Susan Hollern and Sandra Epstein, who have carried on her philanthropic passion after her death in 2016. Hollern started Hope Haven, a school in Rwanda committed to educating and raising the quality of life for children from the impoverished country. Some of her students have traveled with His Little Feet Choir and she has seen first-hand the lasting benefits of this unique cultural group. “Being part of His Little Feet is such a remarkable, life-changing experience for the Hope Haven students who have traveled from a rural village in Rwanda. It is hard for most Americans to imagine how difficult daily life is for the families we serve, and having these students studying in America is a dream come true for their families! We are humbled and grateful to be able to give our students opportunities to broaden their worldview and to continue their journey from a very vulnerable position to a place of deep hope for their future,” said Hollern.
“The Zoo is committed to inspiring our guests to care for and conserve the natural world and that includes all human beings, cultures and landscapes. We are proud to be able to expand the horizons of both our visitors and the choir members through the His Little Feet performance,” said the Zoo’s director of communications, Shayla Bell Moriarty.
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