Haitian children's choir performs in Fresno

FRESNO, Calif.

Organizer Mike Hahn says their nationwide tour is designed to seek help for the children of Haiti. "Haiti is right in our backyard yet it's the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, the average wage in Haiti is one dollar a day, so the need is great."

Hahn and his wife Christa organized this tour before the earthquake that devastated much of the island nation last year. These were the first children to leave Haiti following the quake and their performances are inspiring help for thousands of Haitian children.

"A lot of people that come and see the shows are interested in wanting to sponsor children, to help with their education, their medical care." Christa said.

Anthony Beltran of Fresno was in the audience, and was moved to offer his help. "Very touching, hard to hold back the tears for a good cause. I brought my wife here, we're going to sponsor, and we're going to give."

Sponsorships for children in Haiti and around the world are offered through Compassion International.

These children come from needy families, but are not orphans. When the tour is over they will return to Haiti.

11-Year-old Kisnell's goal is to one day, be President of Haiti. He's enjoying his visit to Fresno, but misses one thing about his homeland. "Haiti is warmer than America."

The choir members are staying with host families and will perform at two more Fresno Churches next Sunday.

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