After taking Australia to an impressive second place at Eurovision 2016 and capturing hearts all over the world, Dami Im set to warming children’s hearts and raising awareness about poverty.
In June, the “Sound of Silence” singer turned up the volume on this important issue by traveling to Kampala, Uganda to meet Jovia Namirembe — a child she has sponsored since Christmas.
An ambassador for Compassion Australia, Dami began sponsoring children with the charity when she was a 17-year-old university student — well before her audition on X Factor turned her into a household name.
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Leveraging her success at Eurovision, the Australian star participated in a TV documentary for Channel 7’s Sunday Night about her experience, which aired on Australian television at the end of July.
Her enthusiasm for the project was evident long before the segment aired.
In an early Instagram post from Uganda she wrote: “Just landed on African soil for the first time in my life! Jetlagged and in need of a shower but cannot wait to share some of the experiences I’ll have here with you! @compassionau #uganda”
Among those experiences was performing for 200 children in the Naguru slum where they live — a marked difference from glitz and glamour of performing live for an audience of 200 million people at Eurovision.
“I almost enjoy this more than Eurovision in a way,” she told the Sunday Telegraph. “It’s a different kind of thrill. Maybe some child saw it and went ‘oh I’d love to be a singer’. That would be a great thing.”
Nandera, Jovia’s mother, said that Dami’s visit had an instant impact on her family’s sense of worth.
“For Dami to come here has given us a lot of self-esteem, all around people think Jovia is the child of a president,” she said. “We feel so prominent now, we can walk proudly in the community.”
Dami’s visit isn’t an act of tokenism.
Jovia is her eighth sponsor child, joining her global family which includes kids in Mexico, Burkino Faso and Kenya.
You can watch a live stream video of her concert in Africa below.
Are you touched by Dami’s generosity and kindness? Do you want to sponsor a child through Compassion Australia? Visit their web site to find out how you can get involved.