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From America with love: Henry Kalungi Foundation giving back
Independence defender helps Ugandans
 
Published Sunday, March 12, 2017 4:51 am
by Ashley Mahoney

PHOTO/HENRY KALUNGI FOUNDATION
Charlotte Independence defender Henry Kalungi delivered basic necessities to families in his home country of Uganda through his foundation.

Offseason means different things to athletes.


For Charlotte Independence soccer player Henry Kalungi, it meant spending time in his home country of Uganda providing basic daily necessities to its people, through the Henry Kalungi Foundation.

“Every year we go back home,” Kalungi said. “The past few years I wasn’t able to go, because I was injured, and I was doing a lot of rehab, but still I would find a way for people back home to do the Christmas for the kids. This year I was very blessed to go back with my wife and some family from here.”

Taking Christmas to the kids of Uganda is one of the many ways Kalungi reaches out.

“We’re not only feeding the kids,” Kalungi said. “We also went to the slums. Food is a big thing back home, unlike here where there’s plenty you can eat and throw away whatever, but back home, some people don’t get nearly as much food as they need.”

Basic kitchen items like rice fed families who weren’t sure where there next meal was coming from.

“Most of these families did not know where they were going to get food that day,” Kalungi said. “They were so appreciative.”

While Kalungi’s foundation has touched the lives of hundreds, he foresees their work having a broader impact in the future.

“We are looking forward to doing this even bigger to where we can feed more kids, because as much as we did there were kids who wanted more food,” Kalungi said. “The goal of the foundation is not to come and do Christmas and then leave. We want to really make a difference in these kids’ lives, from where they live to everything.

“We are doing research to find a way to help them go to school. Back in Uganda, we have boarding school. Some school kids can get off the streets by going to boarding school. This provides them with meals every day, clothes and shelter. Sometimes we talk about things and we think, ‘oh that’s too big of a dream,’ but our main focus is to build our own school where we can gets kids off the streets and educate these kids. We want to teach these kids skills to survive in life.”  

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