An African children's choir raised the roof at Yew Chung International School this week to highlight the plight of youngsters in Uganda. Dressed in colourful traditional costumes, the Watoto Children's Choir performed African music and dances on the Hong Kong leg of a six-month global tour. Their lively performance at the Kowloon Tong school, one of 11 on their local agenda, had pupils singing and clapping along. 'We have practised six months for this tour and are very excited about it,' said 10-year-old Frank Tugume. 'I love wonton soup and Ocean Park. Hong Kong is very different from our home. There are so many tall buildings here.' Nearly every member of the 18-strong choir, who joined the Christian Watoto charity group three years ago, are orphans whose parents died from Aids, starvation or in war. Frank is one of the 1,500 children and widows who receive accommodation, food and education from Watoto. Each child is offered a chance to tour with the choir. Yew Chung pupil Joseph Ho Ting-fung, 12, described the chance to meet Frank and other choir members as 'a once-in-a-lifetime experience', and took them on a tour of the school following the performance. 'They are very nice. Compared with Uganda we have a very comfortable life,' he said. The choir leaves for Japan on Tuesday and will travel to Australia and New Zealand before heading back to Uganda in October.