Who We Are

The Daraja Children’s Choir Of Africa Exists To:


Ignite Hearts to worship

Connect Lives to serve

Bridge

duh•rah•ja
{noun} plural – da•ra•ja min•gi

1. Swahili translation for ‘bridge’.
2. An African worship choir with children from Kenya and Uganda.
3. Dancing like no one is watching since 2007 .

Why We Do It

The Daraja Children’s Choir of Africa was created to bridge the cultures of East Africa and America by igniting hearts to worship, connecting lives to serve and discipling young leaders.

How We Do It

Each year a unique group of Kenyan & Ugandan children travel from 410 Bridge communities to America as the Daraja Children’s Choir of Africa, touring across the region to lead worship at churches, schools, and events. Sharing gifts of joy and freedom through a worshipful lifestyle of dance, song, and personal stories, the global Church is encouraged to go and serve others with their God-given gifts.

 

History of Daraja

In 2007, Lanny Donoho (founder of BigStuf and The 410 Bridge) had the idea to bring a children’s choir from Africa to the United States as a partner ministry of The 410 Bridge. At that time, The 410 Bridge had already been serving several communities in Kenya for 2 years. The 410 Bridge was sending committed Americans to Kenya to serve and build long-term relationships with partner communities. Now, it was time to bridge Africa to the U.S.!

The first Daraja Children’s Choir arrived in late July 2007. The choir sang at BigStuf Camp and traveled the southeast worshipping God and igniting a passion for action in the lives of so many people. From July 2007 to December 2010 almost 70 children from Kenya in 4 different choirs have traveled with Daraja. Their ministry has deeply touched the hearts of churches and individuals all across the U.S. In 2011 & 2012 the choir did not travel due to uncontrollable immigration issues with the U.S. Embassy in Kenya.

In late 2012, The 410 bridge partnered with a new community in Kaihura, Uganda to help bring Christ-centered, community-initiated development to their village. A new chapter of the story began in 2013 when Daraja had its first Ugandan choir travel to the U.S. Lives on both sides of the bridge, Africa & U.S., were changed through the authentic, joyful voices of the children of Kaihura.

In 2014, Daraja plans to have a choir of Kenyans & Ugandans traveling together. We are excited to see these two nations join in one voice of worship with churches across the U.S. We believe, as we connect and serve each other cross-culturally, that God is glorified and the body of Christ is made stronger. We can’t wait to see what God is going to do next!