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WATCH: Video above is the last segment in a series of three titled Orphans of the Nile by Reporter Kevin Wallevand and Photographer Devin Krinke. The full documentary will air at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday after the WDAY newscast.

(WDAY News) - In preparation for WDAY'S Documentary "Orphans of the Nile" Wednesday night, you'll see tonight, the impact a Fargo charity, "African Soul, American Heart," is having on a group of orphan girls rescued from war-torn South Sudan.

Typically the girls would be vulnerable to arranged marriages or assault, and most of them would be in refugee camps.

Tuesday night, Fargo donors meet the girls they support.

The girls who will be educated and stay in stay in Africa to lead their country.

It is a rainy morning in Uganda, a promise the rainy season is near.

Still, the Orphans of the Nile are singing.

In the compound, the girls of African Soul American Heart gather with the team that has arrived from Fargo.

It would be an ice breaker, a chance to sit down with the girls and not be a donor or financial supporter, but a new friend.

Kim and Gina Sandgren are two supporters who made the trip from Fargo Moorhead, Kim's husband Dr. John Baird came as well.

An afternoon of doll making, conversation and touching gift giving.

For the donors who made this trip, proof their dollars of support, get these girls an education in a safe environment, free from war, hunger and traumatic assault.

A chance for the orphans to feel a connection to those who help keep them here, protected.

The trip would be the chance for supporters from Fargo to see where it all started for these orphan girls, a refugee camp, full of people who have been forced to flee their homes because of war.

"A little heartbreaking," said Gina.

Cousins of the orphan girls, still are here, a camp, and when the girls come to visit, a reminder of what could have been and what they left behind.

"They would be in a refugee camp like this, they could have been killed," said Deb Dawson, ASAH Founder.

For some children, the refugee camp has been the only home they know.

An experience most people in the U.S. can't even imagine.

The girls know they have something to prove, they can learn, they can be leaders in this land of the Dinkas, someone has given them a chance.

"Some of the few educated women, so they will make a difference here in Africa," said Dawson.

Night falls in Africa and the singing reminds us all, gratefulness can be heard from shore to shore.

Make sure you watch the documentary, "Orphans of the Nile", Wednesday night at 6:30, immediately following WDAY news.