- St Augustine Melody Choir was formed in 1989 with a purpose of bridging gap of choir in second mass
- They cherish the values and role model of St Augustine who is one of the greatest saints of the church
- They love charity works in assisting the poor
- Last year, the choir also donated items to an Orphanage center in Koboko where the children were in need of items and hope to be restored in them
Arua. The inmates at Arua government prisons serving various sentences have said the visitation, counselling and donations of items by members of St Augustine Melody Choir of Christ the King Parish have offered them faith and hope to live better lives.
In their testimonies during the Charity Drive by Melody Choir members, most of the inmates said they were living forgotten lives and had no heart of forgiveness. One of the female inmates who preferred not to be named to protect her identity, said: “I have stayed in this place for three years and it is rare that relatives come to see me. Even when they come, we do not have time to interact like you (melody members) have done today. This is a great hope that there are people who think of me and others in the prisons.”
During the Charity Drive, Ms Donnah Aseru, a member of the Choir, spent about thirty minutes counseling the inmates. Aseru offered hope, faith and new life for the inmates as she said prisons is a place for correction but not the end of the world.
The Choir members donated a bag of clothes, food items, boxes of soap, over 10 kilograms of sugar among others. The male inmates were also counselled with calls to transform their lives after prisons. The inmates had worship songs and prayers in order to seek God’s intervention to nourish their faith.
Another inmate, said: “When I was imprisoned here, I came with a heavy heart of not forgiving those who instituted a case against me. But now with this counselling you provided, I can find a place of forgiveness because it will relieve me of the worries that I had. I can now live a healthy life even in prison until I serve my sentence. This gesture should continue because many inmates here need that attachment of being together and cared for.”
The Chairperson of the Choir, Mr Kizito Candia, said: “We believe strongly to transform the lives of the needy. We had counselling for the inmates and there should be better life for them after their release. We value the lives of the needy and the poor because this is part of our evangelization process because Jesus supported the sick, the needy.”
The members also engaged in consoling the inmates who should learn to forgive and continue with life after prisons. The inmates said the support has offered for them hope that they are being cared for not only relatives but Good Samaritans.